A debate has emerged in Australia about whether overweight models who appear on the catwalk are glorifying obesity.
The debate follows the appearance of plus-size models in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit catwalk show.
An opinion article in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph criticised the use of larger models as “irresponsible”, while a health expert said they promoted a “dangerous” message about health.
However, other experts say the catwalk should represent all body shapes.
The debate was ignited after columnist Soraiya Fuda wrote: “If the fashion industry decides to stop using models who appear to have starved themselves to skin and bones – as they should – they shouldn’t then choose to promote an equally unhealthy body shape.”
However, speaking on local television, Sports Illustrated editor MJ Day said: “We have made a very positive statement that beauty is not ‘one size fits all’.”