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Natalia Vodianova's disordered eating, and Elle "The Body" MacPherson cannot find a man!
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Natalia Vodianova recounts her struggle with disordered eating at the CFDA “health initiative” panel
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recently showed faux concern for the health of fashion models, and left little doubt about how genuine its concern about fashion models’ health was by organizing an invitation-only panel discussion on beauty and health during NYC fashion week. Natalia Vodianova was a panelist, and described her past troubles:
“Oscar Wilde once said that to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance,” she said. “But I hope you would agree with me that no relationship comes that easy.”
“Perhaps the trickiest and most complex relationship is the one between you and yourself, your body and your mind. Sometimes it’s even possible to be crueler to yourself than you would be to your worst enemy.”
Natalia had gone through a time when she was cruel to herself. She explained that she came from a poor background and grew up thinking of food as what you eat to stay alive. She had no concern about her weight until she became a model in Paris in 2000. She said the pressure of being ultra-thin, keeping a very busy schedule and modeling for runway shows resulted in a weight of 106 pounds, hair loss and being very nervous and overly sensitive all the time. (Feb. 11, 2007).
Comment: Note no comment about the source of the pressure to be ultra-thin. If the source of the problem is not identified, how will one solve it?
Why is Elle “The Body” MacPherson not able to find a man?
A woman designated “The Body” should have no problem finding a man, yet we come across the following:
Supermodel Elle Macpherson is desperate for a man in her life, but is struggling to find anyone who will go out on a date with her. The Australian beauty, who is nicknamed The Body, has been celibate for two years, and is still single despite attempting to chat up guys herself in a bid to get a date.
She moans, “I just don’t get men hitting on me. It’s crazy - but apart from a brief romantic intermission last summer, I have been single and celibate for two years. How boring is that? “I’m a hopeless flirt. I’ll go up to a guy and say, ‘I think you are so beautiful,’ but it doesn’t work.” (Feb. 9, 2007)
Comment: The problem is unlikely to be explicable by Elle hitting on men too young for her, but guess what? Who designated her “The Body”? The fashion industry, and she was even married to fashion photographer and Elle magazine creative manager Gilles Bensimon. With her masculine physique -- obvious in the non-recent pictures shown at the link, i.e., she is manlier currently -- she is probably targeting the wrong men. Men involved with the fashion industry would be her best bet, but she is too old for the typical such man, even if he is older than her. She could take a cue from fellow masculinized models and hit on men such as the current interest of Kate Moss, men with a history of dating masculinized women (e.g., Heidi Klum’s partners: Flavio Briatore, Seal), men known to be disproportionately homosexual such as hairstylists (e.g., Ric Pipino, who was married to Heidi Klum) or men dogged by rumors of being of an atypical sexual orientation such as Richard Gere (was married to Cindy Crawford) and Leonardo DiCaprio (was involved with Gisele Bundchen). Of course, there are health risks associated with seeking the kind of men that would be attracted to Elle MacPherson’s physique; Elle should be circumspect. Good luck Elle!