Wow... The agency BGM Models is literally setting Australia ablaze right now. After featuring on Aussie TV last week - Darrianne Donnelly, the founder and Agency Director at BGM has AGAIN hit the presses with her curvy models to stage a protest - because - this year at Rosemount Australia Fashion week... not a single plus-size model was booked! Last year plus-size models were featured at the SYDNEY FASHION FESTIVAL*, City Chic did a show there and it was amazing (See the YFF coverage of the event here!).
I've been reading up on plus-size models in Australia quite a bit lately and feel passionate about the protest staged by BGM in response to the exclusion (or non-booking) of curvy models during Fashion Week. I came across some recent comments I thought you'd all be interested in... In the first video attached below, I am absolutely confounded by the comments by Australian Designer Alex Perry (left)... I've always thought he was a bit of a knob, NOW he graduates to a callous knob. He states that he is "so over" the whole plus-size model debate and goes on to explain what he likes to see on the catwalk - "tall, thin and beautiful". What irritates me the most about Perry, is his delivery - like people should just shut-up about the whole issue...
More upsetting though are the comments by model Tahnee Atkinson (pictured left), the 18 year old who won Australia's Next Top Model in 2009. Atkinson, at a UK size 10, was considered quite a curvy contender - but still won the competition. She states that designers choose size eights (in Australia) to walk the runway because, "clothes do look better on a size eight girl with no curves or bumps in the way" (by the way, those curves and bumps she mentions are natural parts of the female form - she's not even talking about fat). She then continues, finishing with "that's just the way it is" (in reference to Designer model choices). I'm dismayed by Tahnee's comments and am hoping it comes down to her being quite young - because if not - someone is feeding her a load of crap. I hope that she's okay to embrace her own curvy fabulousness - because, well, she HAS curves and she's the kind of young, beautiful model I love and NEED to see. Hopefully someone will teach her that curves and bumps are feminine, healthy and beautiful. She's a size 10, for goodness sake - Crystal Renn ebbs between an 8 to 12 and she's just slammin' - maybe Tahnee needs to listen to some of the things people like Crystal and Lizzie Miller have to say! Can someone send her a copy of Renn's "Hungry" please?
You can see the video with Perry and Atkinson here: VIDEO: Dropping the curvy model debate
But - I won't end on that - because that footage makes me feel furious/upset/dismayed etc... what I will end on is the great footage and interview of Darianne and her BGM models from their Aussie Fashion Week protest. VIDEO: Plus size protest
(♥♥♥ Where can I get one of those awesome BGM T-shirts! ♥♥♥)
*Post edited to correct the location of the City Chic fashion festival.
Image of BGM Models sourced via the Daily Telegraph, picture of Tahnee sourced via clararulz.blogspot.com, picture of Alex Perry via zimbio.com