We haven’t even had our first green juice of the day yet, and RunwayRiot found that an IMG model is calling Beth Ditto’s “plus-size line” a “bad endorsement.”
Tallulah Harlech, Vogue-endorsed Karl Lagerfeld muse (who other than this questionable sound byte, seems to be a lovely human with excellent taste in pants,) tweeted this a couple of hours ago. (We’ve reached out to Tallulah for the opportunity to clarify her statement.)
Bad endorsement Beth Ditto 'plus size line'. You can be healthy and thin (naturally or with veganism) but you can't be healthy + obese.
— Tallulah Harlech (@TallulahHarlech) February 26, 2016
Did you say, “bad endorsement,” body police? BETH DITTO? Beth your dream wife who might let you borrow her jean jacket Ditto? Beth, singer of Gossip who sang and sang songs like a beautiful crazy night bird with a fever wrenched from deep within her soul? Beth, our interview subject in bed? Just to speak Beth Ditto’s name is breathe life into magic more powerful than the wind in Beyonce’s hair, the magic of all three Hocus Pocus witches combined and 7,540 unretouched feminist statements from young women on the Snapchat. And she’s not a good role model? Always life-affirming to know you can count on the fashion sisterhood to make you feel pleasant each day.
People continue to swoon over Beth’s line and her face. Her void-filling eponymous collection stands out as something that’s actually taking different body types into consideration, AND there’s a shiny jumpsuit. Even more powerful, she is one of the rare women of her shape that designers like Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, and a magazine like LOVE will embrace, which gives her a real platform from which to speak truths on. And somehow, it’s sending the “wrong message” to young girls who will definitely take one look at the line and then close their eyes, pray to Peter Pan, and try really hard to become “obese”?
Why make this about who is eating animal products and who is not? Or who and who can’t possibly be healthy? Who’s to say that any woman — slim or curvier — does not feel the unbridled joy of knowing what “health” feels like? Everyone. Everyone likes to say.
Anyway, assumptions are totally tubular, and we’ll definitely continue getting health lessons from Twitter.
An hour after this was published, Tallulah responded with this: “I am an advocate for health and ’80/10/10′ veganism. Being overweight is self-harm and is not the natural state for a human.”