Victoria Beckham is no stranger to comments regarding weight. The waif-like singer turned fashion designer has been the target of many cruel campaigns which have branded her ‘anorexic’ and ‘unhealthy’.
The media’s preoccupation with Beckham’s weight has ensured that the former Spice Girl is always making headlines. However, this time it is not Victoria’s own weight which is attracting a lot of attention. The 43-year-old mother-of-four, who previously admitted that she struggled with an eating disorder, is under fire for using scarily skinny models in the advertising campaigns for her fashion label. The outrage began after two photographs of Lithuanian model, Giedre Dukauskaite were published on Beckham’s Facebook page. The shots in question advertise Beckham’s Spring/Summer 2018 eyewear collection, but it wasn’t the large ’70s style frames that people saw. Instead, they were too distracted by Dukauskaite’s weight. In the photographs, the 29-year-old model looks stylish in a pair of pink trousers paired with a large silk shirt and red shoes. Of course, the shoot centers around the “retro” glasses – priced at a $364 – which are advertised as “feathery-light, fresh and modern.” However, it was the “feathery-light” frame of the model which was of more interest to her three million Facebook fans. “Victoria I adore you but with the exorbitant prices you charge for your clothing couldn’t you at least buy this model a sandwich
For god’s sake?” wrote one irritated user. Another echoed this sentiment by typing: “Didn’t notice the glasses, only the very skinny model. She may be totally healthy but this is not an average woman’s figure.” However, not everybody was as quick to condemn the British born designer for her choice of model. “Beautiful… god forbid women think they have to control stuffing their mouths 24 x 7 with junk food. this young starlet is a role model all girls can strive to be,” one user wrote in a complete contrast to the other comments which saturated the post. Meanwhile, other users were more diplomatic with their opinions. “Sadly, I agree with everyone else. It’s hard to focus on anything other than how slim the model is. I don’t think it’s fair however, to assume she has an eating disorder. I know of many girls/women who are naturally tiny and eat plenty. I’m not convinced such a tiny model was required to advertise glasses,” typed one fashion follower. “Some people are just skinny, it doesn’t mean they are “starving themselves” or “unhealthy”. I’m thin, I eat loads, exercise, and am healthier than most women my age, so don’t make assumptions based on appearance. We come in all shapes and sizes, if fat shaming is not ok then neither is thin shaming,” wrote another. This isn’t the first time Beckham has faced criticism for the size of her models. In 2016, the businesswoman, who is worth a reported $300 million, was slammed for using a GIF of a “gaunt” model on her Instagram page to promote her clothing. Despite her choice of models, Victoria Beckham has always insisted that her clothing is “for all shapes and sizes.” Defending herself in the past, Beckham told The Telegraph: “They’re young, they’re thin, but that doesn’t mean they’re ill.” Sadly, thin models are still normality in the fashion industry. Victoria Beckham isn’t the first, or last, to use models with a “skeletal” frame. However, the idea that just because they’re skinny they’re anorexic is equally as unhealthy, because people can be naturally very slender and still eat like any “normal” person. What do you think? Is the model too skinny? Or is it one of the hazards of her profession? Inspired by Victoria Beckham’s incredible transformation from pop star to high-end fashion designer? Here she lists her top 10 secrets for success. They may help you spice up your life…
She is evidently a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go out and get it. There are clearly very few things which she allows to get in her way!