You know how you know it’s fashion week season? A designer somehow manages to unintentionally (or intentionally) offend hundreds of people via social media.
This time it was English designer Stella McCartney. McCartney posted a photo of model Ji Hye Park wearing the designer’s Summer 2015 show invite t-shirt. That seems pretty harmless, right? Well, not exactly. Hundreds of Instagram users were furious with McCartney’s use of what they called an “appalling image” due to Park’s extremely thin stature. One woman wrote, “Disgusting, that is not ‘worn well’ it’s hanging over bones. Not good for youngsters in our society. Hope my daughter doesn’t grow up thinking that’s beautiful or normal. I want her to be healthy!” Another commenter simple wrote “#needs sandwich.” According to Models.com, Park has a 32 inch bust, 24 inch waist and 34 inch hips — which is thin but definitely not unheard of in the industry.
McCartney definitely listened to her fans and replaced the image with model Malaika Firth, whose waist and hip measurements are actually smaller than Park’s. “We are a house that celebrates all shapes, all sizes, all races and all ages,” a Stella McCartney representative told The Independent.”We should have been more mindful… It was a quick snap done backstage that was misleading. We listened to our followers and we took it down and replaced it. We can only apologize if we offended anyone.”
People seem to be reacting a bit better to this photo, with comments reading “Much better, nicely worn by healthier looking model.” Some even thanked the designer for removing the photo, although, not everyone is happy. “Although you’ve changed the model for me the damage is done. The fact is you condone the use of overtly thin models therefore providing poor role models,” wrote one user. Oy.