Friday, June 27, 2008

Inspiration or Explotation?

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Inspiration or Explotation? You be the judge: There's a new modeling show in the works entitled 'Britain's Missing Top Model' which will feature various models from around the globe who have disabilities. Among the eight ladies chosen are women without limbs, some who are partially paralyzed and one who is deaf. The series, which debuts on BBC in July, reportedly aims to challenge the standard of beauty in the fashion industry.
U.K. Marie Claire editor Marie O'Riordan, who serves as a judge for "Missing Top Model," says she has high hopes for the show: "I do believe the program could help challenge our attitudes to disability. I want to see the winner shake up the fashion industry. These young women shouldn't be invisible to the fashion world just because they are disabled."
Pardon me if I am a little bit sceptical. With shows like "Moment of Truth", which aim to get contestants to airy their dirtiest of dirty laundry for cash, I can't help but feel that they simply want disabled models for their novelty affect. In addition, while they claim that their goal is to help disabled women break into the modeling world, the path has already sort of been paved. Aimee Mullins (pictures shown above and below) is a pioneer for women with disabilities-not only has she broken records in the Paralympics, but she's a very successful model, posing and doing runway for Alexander McQueen, and making the covers of i-D and Dazed, respectively. I would love nothing more than for everyone to be treated equally, but in my opinion, it just doesn't seem like they're doing it for noble motives. I mean, how many reality competitions really care about the future success of their cast? They want ratings and congratulations for being like Mother Theresea. Plain and simple.


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