Natalia Vodianova responds to ‘It’s better to be skinny than to be fat’ backlash

Unless you are living under a rock somewhere you will have heard the media going nuts over the comment Natalia Vodianova made while sitting on a panel at the Vogue Festival in London over the weekend. Natalia came right out and said It’s better to be skinny than to be fat‘. Oh how the media loved that moment in time. It’s a chance to wave the “your horrible” flag in a model’s face and call the industry a horrible machine. Well I got news for you, folks, Natalia Vodianova was saying what 99% of the western world already thinks but doesn’t want to say for fear of sounding shallow and cruel. I’m not saying what she said was correct. In fact I think she was speaking her mind when every single PR would have told her to keep her thoughts to herself. Conversely, no press is bad press and this blow up has resulted in more people talking about Natalia Vodianova than ever before. Interesting how that happens. 

So here’s Natalia Vodianova dealing with a huge press mess. So what’s a girl to do? Well, in comes the glory of social media. Vodianova took to Facebook to publicly post her response to all the recent media attention… and this is what she said…(do feel free to share thoughts…)

I guess the reaction of the press is expected to be negative when I said
it’s better to be skinny then to be fat at the Vogue Festival this past
weekend. However on the background of arriving from China where most
people leave under the poverty line and have to share food and watch how
much they eat to survive and on the background of how I grew up where
sometimes I had to skip meals so there
would be food for my little disabled sister and that feeling of missing
bread so much some days because on some days we had no money to buy any
(reason I had ulcers as little girl was constant irregular eating) could
give an explanation why I felt moved to give another prospective on
this issue. I felt angry actually now I think about it. Our
industry is scrutinised for giving false image and criteria of beauty
and provoking eating disorders however there are other industries that
might be even more to blame like food industry that constantly
reinventing ways of pushing food on us. Makes people stuff fridges with
food, buying pills, millions of books on diets, shopping for the right
clothes to hide those extra few pounds, beauty products. I guess some
would say that’s what makes our economy go around. Yes, I choose to do
more and eat less. Sorry world economy, I am a bad client! It
makes me feel even more sad that so much has been taken out of contexts
by tabloid media. It happened to me in the past and still follows me
around (like anorexia that I never had would be a good example! Just
another case where words were interpreted at the desire of the
journalist and copied by many). This time a really fun two hours I
shared with Lily, Eva and Jourdan and our audience, where we had
everyone laughing through most of it and where for 5 minutes I felt like
a stand up comedian and had to add NHS and Daily Mail into it just to
lighten the heavy subject of body issue up, turned into a sour one.
Again taking into consideration that the format of the event was not a
speech by me but interaction with the audience it is clearly been blown
out of proportion by some journalist/s to create a scandal. If I was
giving a speech I would have chosen my words more carefully of course
but considering the format and that so many people came up to me
afterwards and told me how happy they were to have laughed and were glad
that I was so “normal” and direct at the conference I doubt I offended
someone there and if I did I apologise because I surely only meant to
highlight a different point of view. Back on the topic of
discussion I wish I did say at the time, that I assume there is very
little Anorexia or Bulimia issues in countries like Africa, China and
Russia today!


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