The world of fashion is one that appears to be full of glitz and glamour when we look at it from outside. Everyone involved looks like they are full of happiness as they are the upper echelons of society and have close relations with high profile individuals. The world of fashion looks like a utopian one from afar but as has been shown in recent years, the utopia is built on the lives and shattered dreams of countless models, a rampant drug addiction and eating disorders.
Fashion World & Mental Health
Fashion is an industry that runs at high stakes and changes very quickly. Every year, there are new, younger models trying to make it big in the industry while the veterans do everything in their power to hold onto their influence.
The models are treated like wet tissues that can only be used once and then easily replaced. Size zero is encouraged and anything other than that is looked down upon. It is something that plays a lot in the mind of every model. There is no surprise that fashion world is plagued by eating disorders like Bulimia, Anorexia and others.
It is something that we as an audience play a role in as well. We watch, glamorize and idolize models that have visibly unhealthy lifestyles in the name of fashion. We consume things that are fed to us passively and don’t wait to think about the harmful methods and lifestyles we are involuntarily endorsing.
Suicides in Fashion
The recent news of famous designer Kate Spade dying by suicide shocked a large populace. Her colourful designs had come at a time when shades of grey dominated the fashion industry. Her panache for colours and tiny objects gave a sense of energy and positivity that didn’t exist in the fashion world at the time. It brings about the same thing that I stress on often. Happiness doesn’t always mean wearing colours and smiling. Happiness is something much more and deeper.
Many models have also come out about how they struggled with depression, eating disorders and suicidal ideation like Cara Delevingne and Adwoa Aboah. The USCDC reported that there is a strong link between people in the fashion industry and high scores on depression scales. The pressure on being perfect here is so high that even visiting a psychiatrist or therapist is highly stigmatised.
Fashion industry is full of superficial glamour and beauty but it hides some very dark secrets within itself. These dark secrets range from problems of heroin or cocaine addiction, depression, eating disorders and anxiety. Various governments actually have taken steps to ensure the physical and mental health of the models. This includes banning advertisements which portray size zero models. The model health pledge is an initiative where models are taught about the importance of proper nutrition intake and body maintenance.
All that glitters isn’t gold; sometimes it is hiding something dark within and this is an open secret and one that takes lives. Take the pledge; stop the obvious objectification and only then can we think of making the fashion industry a better place.