Canada is actually ahead of the game when it comes to de-normalizing models who are “scary-skinny,” said Erica Wark, stylist and fashion commentator on CTV’S The Social.
Designer’s samples are traditionally a size zero in “runway-focused” fashion markets like Paris and New York, but in Canada they’re often a four or even a six, she said.
years of sustained starvation.
Schill, who is now working on a consultancy startup that will focus on inclusive beauty, was careful not to describe the charter as a panacea for the fashion industry’s problems. She’s concerned it puts too much onus on models to speak up and complain, and wants to see other reforms too — a union to advocate for models, and education and training standards for modelling agents who have vulnerable young girls in their care.
Looking back now, she imagines she would have been angry if a size-zero ban was implemented in her modelling days.
On the other hand, “If this had been in place when I was modelling, I think I would still be modelling,” Schill said.