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michael kors handbags outlet onlineI have no idea if this is true or not. I've never seen one work their way through a box of Kleenex, but it's possible. They may eat grass too, or flower petals, or all manner of things we've never thought of as dietary staples. And so may people who aren't fashion models, because people are often weird about the whole business of weight and food. In this country the latest figures categorise approximately 25 per cent of adults as obese poorly educated women are more likely to be in this category than their better educated counterparts, while education seems no bar in the obesity of men. On the flipside, four in every 1,000 women are anorexic and five times that number are bulimic. Those are the people with known eating disorders. It doesn't take into account the people who only eat white foods, who starve two days a week or who eat things only beginning with a Q (okay, maybe I've made up the last one). Our complicated relationship with our appearance is what I want to discuss at the forthcoming Vogue Festival in association with Vertu, a place where fashion industry stars such as Paul Smith, Alexa Chung, Michael Kors and Donatella Versace come to talk. The industry is often held up as a chief perpetrator of unhealthy body image, so what better place than the Vogue Festival to open it up to debate? "Too fat, too thin will we ever be content?" is the working title of the panel discussion and I'm pleased that on stage beside Vogue contributors will be the physically perfect David Gandy and model Daisy Lowe and actress Patsy Kensit, both known for speaking out of the subject of body image.

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sale michael kors handbags Daisy has the kind of body most women would kill for and she's no stick insect, while Patsy has had a lifetime of photoshoots and has now added the role of WeightWatchers ambassador to her career portfolio. When we were thinking of whom to ask on board for this talk one of the most difficult things was to find women whose careers were partially based on their looks yet who were not incredibly thin and, importantly, who would be prepared to talk honestly on the subject. I wanted people who know what it's like to have a newspaper question whether they have "let themselves go" at a red carpet event, or have a weekly magazine comment on paparazzi snaps of them in a bikini. And in the case of David Gandy, to hear some of the story from the male side. Although models are obviously skinny, have a look at television presenters, actresses, musicians and movie stars. Scarcely a size 12, or even 10 among them. Even national treasure Joanna Lumley, regarded as a near biblical voice of reason, recently admitted she skips breakfast and lunch to keep her figure. Not the advice we are meant to be giving our teenagers.

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outlet kors handbags Nor is this desire for slimness new. In Joan Collins's current one woman show she tells how she was kept on a diet of cottage cheese and speed by Hollywood studio chiefs in the Sixties. Eating and body shape are obviously emotional issues. They are almost always psychological too. My son was three when his father left us and I worried whether my child would be traumatised, so went to a child psychologist for guidance. The only advice she gave me was not to turn food into an issue. Over the years I have noticed in the office that when people are going through periods of emotional stress their relationship to how they look becomes a major issue. They may lose weight, have a new haircut, visit a cosmetic surgeon. Change your appearance and the problems will change too seems to be the general view. My own belief is that if you are relatively healthy the best thing you can do is to try to be at peace with your appearance, including your weight. Vogue may feature thin fashion models but that is because models are thin. Thin is what they do, the same way as concert pianists play pianos and tennis players whack balls. But we also feature women who excel in other areas last month we featured politicians Yvette Cooper and Jo Swinson, this month it is the artist Tarka Kings, and next month we will showcase Formula 1 test driver Susie Wolff.

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michael kors handbagsEven so, I feel the fashion industry should be making attempts to recalibrate the extreme thinness that is seen as normal on the catwalk, and that as a prominent voice, Vogue should use its influence. We can't be responsible for the body image problems of the world but we can try to promote a healthier attitude to food. We never run diet features in British Vogue and last year 19 Vogues across the world also launched The Health Initiative, a six point pact that pledges we will do what we can to take proper care of the models whom we work with. I think Kirstie had already left Australian Vogue by the time this was launched, but if she had still been there she should certainly have made sure that she did something about those girls she discovered lunching on tissue paper. The Vogue Festival 2013, in association with Vertu, takes place at the Southbank Centre on April 27 28. Who has signed up for the Vogue code?This week Vogue became the first publication to sign up to a 10 point code of conduct for models' working conditions. The code, which was drawn up by Equity's model committee, includes set working hours, breaks, prompt payment and the provision of nutritious food. Model Dunja Knezevic, the chair of Equity's models committee, said she hoped that other magazines would now sign up to prevent the "wholly unacceptable" treatment in the modelling profession.

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