It's something of a U-turn. Only last season, in the midst of designers like Mark Fast championing plus-size models on the catwalk, Victoria Beckham was defending the rights of designers to cast ultra-skinny models. Speaking on US TV in February, the designer declared; 'most of these girls are naturally thin...And I don't think we should be discriminating against someone because they're too thin or too curvy or too large or whatever..'
But according to a report by the Mirror newspaper today, VB is insisting that, for the forthcoming presentation of her Spring 2011 collection at in the Lincoln Center at New York Fashion Week, she would be casting 'healthy-looking' models.
None of the models on her catwalk will be smaller than a US 'size four to six' - a UK 8-10. It is reported that a dozen models were rejected for being 'too skinny'.
According to the paper "a source" has said 'Victoria takes her role as a figure in the public eye very seriously, and is well aware young girls look up to her. This is why she gets so angry when people claim she doesn’t eat properly - she does...She was determined to use healthy looking models though, and insisted no one was smaller than a size four to six. The main thing, though, was that the models looked at the right weight for them, not underfed'.
It is rumoured that Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Ford, Mary J Blige and Kristin Davis will be watching La Beckham's designs from the front row.