Mario Testino: Youth, Not Diet, Makes Models Thin

23 September 2010

The size zero debate was always going to veer its lollypop head at LFW.  However one member of fashion royalty, at least, says the entire furore is unnecessary.

Mario Testino is unconcerned about the health of the size zero brigade. When grilled on the topic at his latest photo exhibition in Madrid the photographer said it is age, rather than diet, which makes them paper thin.

‘I think the world has greater problems than anorexia,’ said Testino, ‘Fashion uses young models, it always has, and of course they’re skinny. I was skinny too at their age.’  

But some would say employing gymslip models is just as damaging and exploitative. Burberry’s new golden girl Nina Porter is just sixteen and describes her modelling as ‘a hobby on the side’ of her schoolwork. Yet, in spite of being relatively new to the biz, she was chosen to close Burberry’s LFW show… and her inexperience showed when she did a ‘Naomi’:

Do you agree with Testino that most size zero models simply aren’t ‘womanly’ yet?  In which case should we up the age limit again, to ban under 18’s? And give adult fashion lovers realistic role models. Tell us your thoughts…

- Amy Molloy


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