When it comes to fashion and models, the weight debate has been raging for years now. With controversial comments from Karl Lagerfeld (“No one wants to see curvy women”) and Kate Moss (“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”) making the headlines this year, it has definitely been one of 2009’s hottest topics. Thankfully, the January 2010 issue of Vogue Magazine has a refreshing and honest take on the issue.
US Vogue are ringing in the new year with Lara Stone, one of 2009’s hottest young models. Stone’s curvy figure has made her the reluctant face of change within the industry, an issue which she spoke to Vogue’s Rebecca Johnson about. “It’s depressing when the clothes don’t fit and you are always the odd one out,” says Stone.
Stone’s star has risen significantly this year and she recently replaced Madonna as the face of Louis Vuitton. Her success is seen by many as the first signs that the fashion industry’s perceptions on weight are changing. Even Anna Wintour has weighed in, speaking to Modelinia exclusively about the article. “Vogue has always been supportive of healthy models and will continue to be so in the future. And I hope that Lara’s success as a model, even though her image does not fit into the existing norm, will inspire the industry to rethink its current preferences.”
Wintour is not the only one who appreciates Lara’s fuller figure. “I have never thought of Lara as fat,” says Mario Testino. “It is just a matter of different shapes.” Ironically, Karl Lagerfeld has also spoken out in support of Lara, saying, “Lara Stone has a gorgeous woman’s body.”
With or without the support of these industry big guns, the most important perspective for Lara is her own. “People still tell me I’m fat, but when I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see.”