'It's better to be skinny than to be fat': Top model Natalia Vodianova lashes out at critics of thin culture in fashion industry
21:21 GMT, 24 April 2012
In an attempt to defend claims that she and her model peers
are too thin, Natalia Vodianova, a top Russian fashion model, has said: 'It's
better to be skinny than to be fat.'
The 30-year-old, who lives in the UK, dropped the line as
she was discussing healthy body image in front of an audience of fans at London's
2012 Vogue Festival last weekend.
The outspoken mother of three, who had spoken as part
of a panel of interviewed models that also included Lily Cole, Eva Herzigova and Jourdan Dunn, had
been responding to a question from Calgary Avansino, the magazine's executive
fashion director, about the 'very thin' physiques of models.
Controversial: Natalia Vodianova (far left), pictured above with models Lily Cole (middle) and Eva Herzigova (far right) at the 2012 Vogue Festival, said 'it's better to be skinny than to be fat' at the event
According to the Telegraph,
Ms Avansino had said to the panel during the hour-long discussion: 'It's
undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner
than 99.9per cent of the population. What message should you be sending out'
Miss Herzigova had said that models are 'just born with' slight frames.
The Russian beauty, who has admitted to suffering from
anorexia nervosa in the past, then added: 'If I eat like a pig, I am going to feel
like a pig. Sometimes I have a huge, delicious five-star dinner with my
grandparents with seven courses.
'In the morning you wake up and you feel like s**t. If I
feel like that, okay, I am not going to be able to feel good about myself. I
respect my body, my body is my temple.'
Fine figure: The mother of three agreed with claims that models are 'born' skinny. She has maintained a slim figure, photographed above (left) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 and on the catwalk in 2007, for a long time
The controversial one liner was delivered soon after.
Miss Vodianova, who is one of the world's top paid supermodels according to various sources, is the founder of the Naked Heart Foundation,
a global charity that aims to care for underprivileged children living in urban
At the Vogue event, she added that the organisation is also 'fighting
The model, who is five foot nine inches and weighs 115
pounds, said: 'Children [are] taken away from their parents because they are
She also said that she has been following a 'blood-type diet'
for the past five years after experiencing a bout of painful stomach ulcers
according to the Telegraph.
The model is able to maintain a slim figure right up until
the very day she has given birth to each of her children.
Model crew: Miss Vodianova (far left) was part of a panel of models at the Vogue Festival including (from l-r) Lily Cole, Eva Herzigova and Jourdan Dunn. They each addressed body image issues during the event
She said: 'I actually came to [an event at] the Victoria and
Albert Museum after giving birth to Victor, three days later, and I was wearing
Miss Vodianova's comments are reminiscent of the infamous
line uttered by Kate Moss in 2009: 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.'
While the quote has been splashed across clothing and included in other advertisement, it has been widely condemned ever since.
Role model: The Russian beauty is one of the world's most well-paid models, appearing in multiple fashion campaigns including the above for Calvin Klein
The news also comes as 'thinspiration', a term which refers
to the use of a celebrity’s photograph as a method of inspiration for
weight-loss, continues to attract negative attention.
Just last month, thinspiration was at the core of a pro-anorexia issue on the social networking site Pinterest.
The site had received accusations that it fosters an environment in which
pro-anorexia supporters can too easily share dangerous content.
As of April 6, Pinterest prohibits the
posting of any content that could inflict harm or distress to users.
Also last month, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Vogue Italia, admitted that the fashion industry was to blame in part for the ongoing rise
of eating disorders.