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Freaked Out By Fashion Week

A 1993 portrait photo of then-supermodels (right to left) Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Lauren i i

A 1993 portrait photo of then-supermodels (right to left) Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Lauren Hutton, Beverly Johnson, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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A 1993 portrait photo of then-supermodels (right to left) Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Lauren

A 1993 portrait photo of then-supermodels (right to left) Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Lauren Hutton, Beverly Johnson, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell.

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Fashion Week is over and I am officially over it, too.

Fourteen years ago, I was a teenager and obsessed with models. My friends and I were in love with Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. We exercised to their fitness videos, dyed our hairs to match their hair color, hung posters of them on our walls and dreamed of looking like them when we grew up. They were our idols and the muses of designers like Valentino, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.

Now, fast-forward to the present. The models of today do not look anything like those grand ladies. I wonder why? The IT girls of today look awfully alike, as if they were manufactured in bulk by the same company and distributed at a reduced rate to a global market.

For instance ...

Models present creations by Dutch fashion designer Josephus Thimister during the spring-summer 2010 i i

Models present creations by Dutch fashion designer Josephus Thimister during the spring-summer 2010 haute couture collection shows in Paris. Francois Guillota/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Models present creations by Dutch fashion designer Josephus Thimister during the spring-summer 2010

Models present creations by Dutch fashion designer Josephus Thimister during the spring-summer 2010 haute couture collection shows in Paris.

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What does today's supermodel look like? Here is the checklist:

1. White and preferably pale.

2. Skinny, almost painfully so.

3. No butt

4. No breasts

I am certain the models themselves are simply conforming to these standards created by the industry. These girls are just working tirelessly to fit impossible clothing sizes that don't fit very many real women.

And don't get me started on the photo spreads in the fashion magazines. Arms and legs twisted in painful-looking poses, the girls lying on cold surfaces looking drugged or as if they'd been choked - blue lips and distorted ankles. That's artsy, some say. But, I can't even see the clothes.

It is no wonder models have disappeared from the covers of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Cosmopolitan — replaced by celebrities. They sell more. But why? Maybe, it is because despite the plastic surgeries celebrities still look more like ordinary people than the models. And many celebrities do have curves.

Designers like to say their models are blank canvases that they paint on. I am ok with the canvas part. But BLANK? No woman ever wants to be called that. Ever.

Like I said, I'm over it. And I hope teenaged girls nowadays never get into it.

Blog to you soon.

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