Melissa Walker

Friday, April 25th, 2014 Melissa Walker

100620071456212597.jpg I did two fun interviews in the past week, one with high school student Ren from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and one with the famed Little Willow, who asked me questions about teenagers and body image (something that comes up a lot in my soon-to-be-released second book, Violet by Design). Our interview is here, and the related ELLEgirl story that I’m still proud of, “Love Your Body,” is here.
I also want to call attention to the fabulous post by DC Goodwill Fashion Blogger Em yesterday, highlighting the dearth of black models on runways and in editorial pages. She posted some gorgeous photos of Alek Wek, Beverly Johnson, Chanel Iman and Veronica Webb, too. I’ll just add one of my favorite models, Ajuma Nasenyana (pictured here), who’s from Kenya.
Question for you guys (Little Willow asked me this and I kind of hemmed and hawed, as you’ll see in the interview): What do you think of the BMI (Body Mass Index) policies for models which are being put into place in some countries (where models have to meet a certain minimum BMI to work–that means they can’t be too skinny)? Do you think America should follow suit?
PS-Two more days to win Jolene’s awesome book. Comment Here!

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  1. Ink says:

    I think America should do the same thing. I can’t stand girls who look like they could be broken by a gust of wind, because they aren’t eating or are throwing up their food. We should totally adopt the minimum BMI policy.

  2. Thanks again for chatting with me!

  3. Here’s the exact link to the interview if you need it. :)
    SO much positive feedback – I’m always happy when someone knows their health is more important than image.

  4. Abbey Eileen says:

    I think it’s a good idea, especially because it’s setting such a strong image for young girls. (Did you see the Ugly Betty episode two or three weeks ago? That was wacky.)
    I don’t know much about how strict it should be or who should decide it, but I definitely think it’s a worthwhile idea.

  5. kwana says:

    Thanks for sharing Melissa. I really loved the Elle Girl survey. As the mother of a teen girl it was really interesting.

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