Target Use Child Model With Down Syndrome

There’s a lot of debate concerning child models. From Thylane Blondeau – the heel-wearing 10-year-old featured in Vogue – to La Redoute’s recent faux-pas with a rogue penis, it seems that the field is fraught with risk and that companies often struggle to get it right. Despite this, however, Target – a huge US clothing brand – seem to have scored a winner recently by including a child model with Down Syndrome in their catalogues and billboard... Read More

Are Thin Fashion Models Still Profitable?

Controversy in the fashion industry is not new, clearly. Nor is controversy regarding weight and body image in the fashion industry. I’ve written before on Hot For Writing regarding body image and fashion advertising – and it seems that I’m not the only one musing on the topic – from bloggers like myself, to magazine editors, to parliamentary officials, it’s obviously a hot topic. Despite all this discussion though, nothing ever really seems to... Read More

Politics, Parenthood & Public Shaming: The US Presidential Race Continues

The catty side of feminism rears its ugly head again, in a story that has been featured in the world press over the past fortnight. The issue? American Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said this about Ann Romney, wife of American Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and a stay-at-home mother: ‘Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country... Read More