Gisele Bundchen has now opened her mouth to insert foot over the growing debate around anorexia and high fashion modeling by saying possibly the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a long time. The 26 year old says, families are to blame for anorexia – not the fashion industry.
“I never suffered this problem because I had a very strong family base,” the supermodel told a local Brazilian newspaper on Friday. “The parents are responsible, not fashion.”
“Everybody knows the standard for models is to be thin, but you can’t generalise and say that all models are anorexic.”
Now who’s generalizing, Gisele? Such damaging statements by a fashion icon, stating that unsupportive families cause anorexia nervosa only perpetuates misconceptions and further stigmatize eating disorders. By the way, four women in Gisele’s home country of Brazil died last month from anorexia, including 21-year-old model Ana Carolina Reston.
Sometimes it really is better to be seen and not heard.