This is so sad!
An English Coroner slammed the fashion industry and magazines in the inquest into the death of a 14 year old from Somerset, England.
Last year Fiona Geraghty was found dead in her room of an apparent suicide by hanging after struggling with an eating disorder, which her parents believe was the direct result of being bullied.
Coroner Michael Rose listed the cause of death as "misadventure", but rather than pointing the finger at the so-called "mean girls" he flat out blamed the fashion industry's constant use of waif thin models.
"The one class of person not here who I feel [is] directly responsible for what happened is the fashion industry. The problems of eating disorders amongst young people, particularly girls, did not exist before the 1970s. From that period onwards the fashion industry and the magazines promoted thin models and the thin figure."
He did, however, give mags their credit due for making strides to use healthier models:
"I do ask, particularly the magazines in the fashion industry, to stop publishing photographs of wafer-thin girls. One magazine, I believe Vogue, has recently taken the decision not to do so. I do implore it, because at the end of the day for their benefit, families like this must suffer. It is, I am afraid, an increasing problem and until they control themselves it will continue."
Vogue's new health initiative kicked off in their June issues, so hopefully we'll start seeing changes very soon.
[Image via Marie Claire Italia.]
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