The 28-year-old Dutch model, who is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, says the fashion industry’s sample-size clothing is too small and unrealistically proportioned for most models, including herself.
“I’m not a sample size at all. At some shows I know they have been using very young girls who have not gone into the change of the body yet – no hips, no boobs,” she told London’s Telegraph newspaper.
I’m 28 and I’ve had a baby; I have a woman’s body, and once in a while you run into the fact that things are not fitting the way they should be. But I joke about it and say “What 13-year-old girl is wearing this?”
She says she draws the line in fashion brands that tell her to lose weight. “If they think I’m too fat, I’d rather not do the job – because I am super healthy and fit and I’m so happy the way I am.”
Kroes is a fetching blonde, who is five-feet, nine-inches tall and weighs a reported 120 pounds. She does very little runway work these days unless it’s for swimsuit or lingerie shows.
Most of today’s runway models meet the criteria for anorexia, Plus Model magazine claimed in an editorial last year, citing statistics from Rader Programs, which treats eating disorders.
Models today, on average, weigh 23 percent less than the average woman. Twenty years ago, they weighed eight percent less, according to the organization. Two decades ago, models were a size four to six, compared with demands for size zero models now.
To get the look fashion designers want, many model agencies are recruiting models as young as 13-years-old and conditioning them for the runway.
Other models have also spoken out on the issue, including Victoria Beckham, Sophie Dahl, Alessandra Ambrosio and Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha.
Rocha has said she was considered overweight by many of the world’s top fashion designers, even though at five-feet, 10-inches tall she weighs only 105 pounds.
Two years ago, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) began a campaign to convince the industry to be more responsible when dealing with young, vulnerable models. The have been lobbying to raise sample-size clothing to a size four.
But many designers have ignored the recommendations At the CZAR by Cesar Galindo Spring 2014 show, the models looked painfully thin.
In contrast, Nicola Formichetti found normal-sized girls on Tumblr to star in Diesel’s new ad campaign.
Although no models have collapsed on the runways from malnourishment, so far at New York Fashion Week, all too many models look near skeletal.