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Controversy over model being dropped for being "too fat"

A seriously distorted image of Fillippa used to advertise Ralph Lauren in Tokyo

The Times reported on 15th October 2009 that a Ralph Lauren model, Filippa Hamilton, is claiming that she has been dropped by the brand after six years working with them because she was supposedly too heavy and couldn't fit into the company's sample sizes.  A size 8 too heavy?

Reader Comments (23)

you GOT to be kidding me!!

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Whips
this is photoshopped out of all recognition - even models are no longer perfect enough!

And do designers (particularly male ones) have mirrors in their homes - Ralph Lauren is no oil painting.
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
I'm sorry but a size 8 IS too heavy. If you're above a size 4 you shouldn't be a model and that's pushing it. I'm in between a size 2 and 4 and I don't even think I'm in shape enough. Just work out instead of sitting on your computer complaining. You could've run half a mile by the time you read all of this. Just work out and stop complaining!
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaitlin
A size 8 isn't too big. It's a normal size to be, it's a healthy size to be. If you're a size 2 and thinking you're too heavy, you have problems and you need help. this is what's wrong with society, thinking stick thin is sexy. It's not. You should be happy with your REAL size, if it happens to be a size 2 or a size 10. Real women are beautiful.
November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChenai
Chenai, it really depends on the height of a person. For that model who was dropped, I'm sure that size 8 would be normal. However, for people like me who is a size 0, 4'8" woman, a size 8 would make me obese.

I've heard plenty of little lies saying you can't be curvy/healthy as a size 0 but it's really not true, it all depends on height. I'm short and I'm sure that a size 1 would still work well with me but anything more than that might be UNHEALTHY for me due to proportion issues. If you're really tall then you SHOULD have more weight on you than some one who's short.
November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee
(Note I'm also talking in US sizes...)

However, I think that the author of this article left out the fact that the model was a size 4 in US sizes, which is a size 8 in UK... which... for Americans if you leave out that tiny little fact then yeah, size 8 sounds pretty large compared to the size four that the model really is.
November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee
The above model ought to sue for misrepresentation verging on obscene distortion. Comic episodes, the bleak sort. It ceases to be human cladding and becomes a peculiar form of spatial expression by the poorly engaged for the poorly educated.
December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterN, gleeson
The image is so distorted - could anyone have taken this seriously?
March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnneR
Oh my God this is ridiculous. I do not want my kids to grow up in a world where real women are viewed as disgusting and little bitty girls with waists as big as my thighs are viewed as beautiful. That is not and will never be beautiful.
May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelley Jones
Take a photo of a female survivor of Auschwitz, add the latest fashions, and you get this. Revolting.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhezsilla
If I wait in the VIP room at the airport, I always get welcome drink and popcorn. Its free. I like that kind of service.
October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhiteMelon
I like to watch film from my own country. We must support our own film production. This is important. But it doesnt mean that i never watch film from other country.
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Peace be with you, Howard Zinn. I just learned about you, and I wish I had known of you longer.
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January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisaHayne
This magazine have their own mission and I think they are trying that hard to make their mission is complete in this mags. That is why we can know that this is not ordinary mags from the first time we open the first sheet.
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