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Calvin Klein Hired Kate Moss For Her “Natural, Always Thin” Look

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“The reason for Kate and this whole group of women I found that someone named ‘waifs’ was because before that, a lot of women were getting breast implants and doing things to their buttocks. It was getting out of control. I just found something so distasteful about all that. I wanted someone who was natural, always thin.”

Calvin Klein on first hiring a then 19-year-old Kate Moss to be the face of his underwear line in 1993. Moss’s slight physique led to a significant rise in waif-ish models and, of course, the “heroin chic” trend of the early/mid-’90s. While I appreciate Klein’s honestly, I find this perspective problematic as it pits one feminine ideal — big-breasted and Barbie-like — against another — hyper-thin and girlish. While this “always thin” look may come “naturally” to Moss, it doesn’t come naturally for many; eating disorder statistics are frightening proof of that. [Jezebel]

Quotable: Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa Says Waifs Are So Over

“Calvin Klein originally started the whole waif moment and not much has been done since then … Lara was our exclusive four years ago. We’ve never had someone who really represented our houses and all our licensees in the same way. She is very current, very beautiful and very womanly. It’s time for that persona and for that body. She’s divine, gorgeous and we will support her in that.”

– Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa on model Lara Stone’s more curvy figure and its place in high fashion. It’s good to see that even Calvin Klein, the brand that hired a nearly-naked, teenage Kate Moss to usher in the era of the waif, is broadening its approach in terms of weight. Lara Stone’s “curvy” physique is still totally slim, but she’s at least got the sort of body type that every day women are more likely to relate to — you know, not emaciated. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »

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