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Isaac Mizrahi thought the trend for models “to look like drug addicts” was “absolutely sickening”.
The fashion designer has several lines and has participated on TV show Project Runway All Stars. While he accepts most models have to be of a certain shape, there are certain parts of fashion’s history that Isaac can’t get on board with.
“The girls are encouraged to be thin, but I don’t think they’re encouraged to look like drug addicts anymore,” he explained to HuffPost Style.
“I mean, I’m sure there are some designers who like the girls to look like drug addicts, but not on the whole the way it was for a good ten years – like, in the middle of the ’90s to around 2002 or so. There was that thing going on, and it was sickening, absolutely sickening. I don’t think it exists anymore.”
Having been in the industry since he was 15, the 52-year-old designer has seen a great deal of change. While models are still slim, he is pleased they are now encouraged to take diet and exercise more seriously.
“I don’t notice girls anymore in the majority who are sickly-looking. Even if they’re tall and thin now, they look healthier to me. Not fat, not fatter, but they just look healthier,” he claimed. “I mean this – there was a moment when there was this whole heroin chic thing and it just looked terrible. It just looked terrible! And now everyone points at it and goes, ‘Oh dear, that’s terrible.’”
Isaac has previously admitted he once had an eating disorder. He believes it was the pressure of his work which made him unwell.
“I think I had a little bit of a disorder, because I was looking at pictures of myself when I was in my 20s, and I was so thin, like scary thin, and all I thought was that I was the fattest person in the world,” he confessed.
Karina talks: I am glad that top influencers like Isaac give their opinions about about the negative body image that these super skinny women might have on other women. Slowly the idea that pretty bodies are only the skinny ones will be reduced if we also start admiring bodies who don’t comply with the super slim standard that most women can’t achieve.