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I’m not looking for an “A MEN!” here. The photo above – and the million similar photos that perpetuate themselves around the internet – infuriates me.

When did we all start hating on skinny people? A few years ago, I remember a male friend of mine and I discussing his “love possibilities” in a group of our friends. Upon reaching a very gorgeous mutual friend’s name, I was immediately rebuffed with a snort and “No way! She looks anorexic!”

I was stunned. The girl in question was sweet, caring, hilarious, beautiful, and ate almost everything in sight. Yet, because she is naturally very thin, she gets an immediate connection with a mental disorder.

To make the situation worse, everyone in the group – men and women alike – nodded and yeah-ed without hesitation.

Then it hit me. Though a man will get a Jersey Shore-worthy shitfit if he calls a woman fat, it is not the same if anyone calls a woman too thin, anorexic/bullimic, or comments on her lack of curves. Presumably, this anti-thin backlash is down to the unachievable and ever-Photoshopped media image of ‘perfection’; always altered to a shape that is thinner and more ‘hourglass’ than is naturally caught on camera. (Yes, even on Victoria’s Secret models.) But it doesn’t make it right.

Outwardly stating that girls with “junk in the trunk” are hotter than those without? It may not trigger anorexia, but it can surely trigger someone who suffers with low self-esteem or body dysmorphia.

Case in point:

Chrissy Teigan, Izabel Goulart, Crystal Renn and Nina Agdal got down and dirty in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon. The four models featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue kneeled down to sink their pretty little hands into the cement outside of Planet Hollywood, joining other celebrities like Bruce Willis and Holly Madison who have left behind their prints on the Walk of Fame.

“We’re not strong enough!” shouted Teigan who was having a hard time getting the cement to indent. The ladies used a stick to sign their names into the cement blocks before mingling with fans that showed up on the Las Vegas strip.

Newly engaged Teigan talked about how proud she is to be apart of this year’s issue because of the beautiful photos. “Our audience wants to see curves,” she said. “No one wants be rail thin. That’s not sexy to me or anybody else.”

So, here we have models (that 0.0000002% of people in the world who are “perfect” enough to be Photoshopped) even saying thin is bad? How are the women with naturally thin bodies, flat chests, bums, and straight waists supposed to interpret this message?

I’m (not) sorry, but when the same magazines who are praising Adele for sticking up to Karl Lagerfeld are also attacking those ‘possibly pregnant’ or ‘eating their feelings’ celebrities on the next pages, I find the message to be seriously mixed.

When is the world going to be ready to support and promote healthy bodies? The bodies that come in all shapes and sizes?

Vogue September Issue Models
As expected, the September issue of Vogue is a veritable feast for the eyes. Stuffed with details about the upcoming Fashion’s Night Out extravaganza, model filled editorials, and behind the scenes details, here is a model-spotting rundown for the 726 page, well, book.

– Keeping with tradition, countless campaigns open the glossy, including Angela Lindvall’s karaoke moment in Prada, Karlie Kloss‘ Dior campaign, Anja Rubik’s Fendi tale
– One hundred sixty some pages in, the table of contents begins, followed by a video screen shot of the Victoria’s Secret models on the beach in Long Island
Anna Wintour’s Letter From the Editor is flanked with a shot of seven models rushing down the steps of Lincoln Center, dressed in this year’s Fashion’s Night Out t-shirt (above)
– Side note – is that Behati Prinsloo we spot posing for Ann Taylor Loft? Way to go on the cool factor, Loft
– A look into the life of Helmut Lang provides a tender moment between the designer and Shalom Harlow back in 1995
– An obsession with army green leads to street style moments with Kate Moss and Brooklyn Decker
– Brand new brides, Lara Stone and Coco Rocha show off their stunning gowns by Riccardo Tisci and Zac Posen, respectively
Raquel Zimmermann opens the fold-out preview of FNO’s extravaganza, wearing the special hoodie and tee on the streets of NYC
Miranda Kerr and Jessica Stam earn a Vogue mention for their maxi dress and floral style
Jacquelyn Jablonski poses alongside Marco Zanini as Hamish Bowles weaves the tale of his time at Rochas then later debuts the Hessnatur by Eviana Hartman knit cap that will be on the heads of all editors come fall
Tonne Goodman gushes over Lily Cole’s latest venture, her work with eco-friendly knitwear brand North Circular
Doutzen Kroes shows off her solar power in a beauty feature, sporting this season’s much talked about turban style
– Guinevere van Seenus, Carolyn Murphy, Liya Kebede, Kristen McMenamy, Stella Tennant, Kirsi Pyrhonen, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Mirte Maas, Daria Strokus, Jourdan Dunn, Miranda Kerr, Lara Stone, Valerija Kelava, Eliza Cummings pose alongside Robert Fairchild, Kathryn Morgan, Pharrell Williams, Christina Ricci, Yi Jianlian, Usher, Rachel Weisz, Terence Koh, Carolina Herrera, Ryan McNamara, Elly Jackson, Dakota Fanning, Hayden Christensen, Eddie Redmayne, David Chang, Tony Vincent, the Olsen twins, Henrik Lundquvist, and Naomi Watts in a garden style editorial that pairs fashion with celebrity
Lara Stone shows off the sweaters of the season, and her stunning engagement ring
Karlie Kloss takes on the checks and balances of Wall Street as fashion shows an obsession with plaid
Isabeli Fontana shows the brilliant pairing of lace and leather for photographer David Sims
– Victoria’s Secret babes Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Chanel Iman, Adriana Lima, and Alessandra Ambrosio revel in their current va-va-voom moment as high fashion appreciates curves
– Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Magdalena Frackowiak, Jourdan Dunn, and Lais Ribeiro display the appreciation for multi ethnic style
– Liya Kebede, Karolina Kurkova, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Caroline Trentini, Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes, Chanel Iman, Sasha Pivovarova, Lily Donaldson, Stella Tennant, and Jourdan Dunn juxtapose high fashion skirts with FNO’s newest t-shirt design
– Miranda Kerr, Joan Smalls, Guinevere van Seenus, and Stella Tennant are ladies in waiting, bringing the long skirt obsession to the forefront of style
Kemp Muhl and her boyfriend Sean Lennon, Tao Okamoto, Rose Cordero flaunt a few styles you should be rocking on Fashion’s Night out!

And there you have it. A full run-down of the seven hundred and twenty six pages of models, models, and more models. Excuse us as we continue to gush over the glossy.

Va Va Boom Victoria's Secret VogueVa-va-va-BOOM is from Vogue’s latest (and phone-book-sized greatest) September Issue.

Thanks to the genius of Grace Coddington and the lens of Peter Lindberg, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Chanel Iman, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio are portrayed looking (wait for it) unedited and perfect still. Something is extraordinary about it’s simplicity.