Compare & Contrast

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Gobbet 1

its part, Marks & Spencer emphatically insists that “in our
womenswear most items are from 8 to 22 generally”, and although the
store says that 14 remains its most popular size, there is no doubt
that the demand for bigger sizes is growing.

“Larger sizes
have definitely become more popular in the nine months that I’ve been
working here,” agreed Marks & Spencer sales assistant Sharna
Solomon. “Per Una [one of the store’s in-house ranges] recently
launched size 20 but female customers are often complaining that the
size 20 is not big enough. The size 16s and 18s always go first.”

Source: Thinking big as women’s waists expand – The Guardian – Saturday August 26, 2006

Gobbet 2

head of Marks & Spencer, one of the main backers of London Fashion
Week, has rejected calls for restrictions on the size of catwalk
models, saying it was for designers to decide the type of models they

This year’s London Fashion Week has been revived
by its Marks & Spencer sponsorship. The high-street commercial
giant has provided the cash to pay for a series of top name models to
promote and appear at the shows. Chief of these is the lofty and
super-slim Erin O’Connor, best known for her part in the latest
successful M&S advertising campaign.

Source: Fashion week chief rejects catwalk ban on super-thin – The Observer – Sunday September 17, 2006

Having your cake and eating it – and throwing up afterwards? Thank you Stuart Rose.

5 Responses to “Compare & Contrast”
  1. Andrea Breau says:

    once saw Erin O’Connor in the flesh – we were both shopping at Liberty
    in London. She is very tall and very slim, and looks almost
    preternatural. That said, even though she certainly doesn’t look like
    many of women, you could tell that she is just naturally very tall and
    very slim.

    Still, it’s nice to see this debate is
    happening – I think having more diversity in the fashion industry would
    be a very good think.

    Also, if you’re interested, there was an interview with Ms. O’Connor in the Guardian yesterday if you didn’t see it:,,1877254,00.html

  2. Andrea Breau says:

    Wow – total typos in that post. Sorry!

  3. Casey Leaver says:

    Yay – go Margaret Thorogood:

    Thorogood, Professor of Epidemiology at Warwick University, said it was
    reassuring to see a high profile organisation taking such action.

    “These models have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 18 which is very thin indeed and most definitely affects their health,” she said.

    Source: Show ‘right to say no to thin models’ – icCoventry – 22 September 2006

    More reasons to like Margaret

  4. Casey Leaver says:

    Having said all that – I’ve always liked Erin O’Connor – you’re right – she doesn’t look ill – she just looks her.

    This wasn’t designed as a dig at her – but at the M&S moveable stance.

  5. Hero says:

    Why does the word ‘real’ mean ‘fat’ in fashion. And why are people who ARE beautiful callled skinny and ill by resentful fat people?

    Of course, to someone who thinks fat is normal, smaller people are going to look ‘skinny’!

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