The Real Skinny

Don't blame the models for being too thin. Look to the fat cats of fashion

Finger-pointing is not a recognized weight-loss exercise. But you wouldn't know it from the vigor with which they do it in the fashion industry. Particularly when the subject of skinny models comes up. And recently it has come up a lot, what with one malnourished South American model dying when she stepped off the runway, the Madrid fashion shows barring models who are too thin, and the scary walking chopsticks who came down the runway in New York City this month.

The Madrid move, which was to bar from the runway any model who fell below a certain weight, may have...

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