The latest issue of Marie Claire has 244 pages. Only one page is dedicated to their mission to pretend to care about women's body image - that of Ashley Falcon's, who is obese. Okay, they have their monthly spread where normal women tell us about what they like about themselves, but I don't think I have ever seen any of those normal women look fat or have acne. I don't know, perhaps it is necessary to start with just that one page. Perhaps it is awfully naive of me to think that they could do more at this stage of the game. For me, the magazine would seem so much more sincere in their mission to change the industry if they at least featured the occasional plus-sized or petite model in their editorials (which they don't) or gave more pages to the people off the street. Just that one column out there, I feel that the rest of the magazine screams "Look, we have the guts to show a fat girl on our pages..! And these are the clothes she can't fit into!" I don't know, perhaps I am cynical. Perhaps I shouldn't expect anything from a magazine that fills its pages with a story about a woman who gave her husband a threesome for his birthday.
What do you think? Is Ashley Falcon's column a start of something good, or does it only underline the sad state of the fashion industry? Does Falcon give Marie Claire more street-cred, or is she too heavy to be considered a role model for women who are not size 0?