The fashion magazine featured a photo spread of 19-year-old model Karlie Kloss only to discover one of the images was being idolised on pro-anorexia blogs as ‘thinspiration’. Pro-ana blogs, as they are known, are a network of websites that push unhealthy body types as an ideal. Critics said the magazine should never have featured the photos in the first place, but praised Vogue for removing them from the online article they accompanied.
The charity worker who founded Youth off the Streets and who has come out in support of Clubs Australia to oppose poker machine reforms has also received large donations from gaming machine makers. On top of receiving more than $122,000 from clubs (as part of their giving back to the community arrangements) he also received $50,000 from Aristocrat Leisure, Australia’s largest gaming company. Fr Riley had added his support to the Clubs Australia campaign, appearing on a flyer they have been distributing claiming the proposed mandatory pre-commitment technology would not work and that counselling and education was the key. He is also a nominee for Australian of the Year.
Swedish retailer H&M has defended its practice of using real model heads digitally placed on fake mannequin bodies (of a uniform size and shape) to sell its clothes. The pictures of the models’ bodies are all identical (complete with that familiar mannequin pose) except where a real face has been placed on them to differentiate them. They can be viewed at the H&M website. An H&M spokesman said: “This is a technique that is not new, it is available within the industry today and we are using it for our Shop Online in combination with real life models pictures and still life pictures. This is not about ideals or to show off a perfect body, we do this to demonstrate an item of clothing. This is done for all clothing, not just for underwear, both male and female clothing.”