Supermodel Grace Jones blasts the tiny ‘model sizes’ of the modern fashion industry

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  • She didn't hold back

    Words – Isabel Jones

    From the editors of Instyle US

    Supermodel Grace Jones has spoken out about what she thinks of the fashion industry today, including the sizes of the models used on catwalks and campaigns across the world.

    The singer, songwriter, and actress, was once one of the most sought-after supermodels of her time, but judging by her latest comments it doesn’t look like the star will be returning to the runway anytime soon.

    In a recent interview with The Guardian, the 69-year-old multi-hyphenate spoke out about the current state of the fashion industry, and, well, she’s not exactly a fan …

    ‘I’m glad I’m not doing it now,’ Jones said of modelling.

    ‘I’d probably be dead.’

    She continued: ‘Everybody’s so skinny. Size zero is like the walking dead. Not sexy at all. When I modelled, I would normally be a model size six, eight, though my shoulders are wide, it’s hard to make them fit into things.

    ‘Now I can’t get into model sizes, because they’re really small.’

    It’s a debate that has been ongoing for years, with some designers actively making steps towards a more inclusive industry. Thanks to a charter adopted by both Kering and LVMH, many major fashion houses are no longer hiring models size 0 and below, and stock image website Getty is banning photoshopped images of models. In France, using images of photoshopped models has been banned in magazines, and Ashley Graham has long been an advocate for curvier catwalk models.

    However, Grace is right in the sense that the industry has a long way to go before the glorification of unhealthy bodies is a thing of the past, and that a more diverse range of body shapes and sizes are celebrated.

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