These days, a heated debate is underway in France, with certain laws trying to regulate how skinny professional runway models can and should be.
Anyone concerned with women’s health and self-image will be happy to meet Cristina Cernei, a Romanian fashion designer, who goes against accepted industry norms and shuns professional models when shooting her creations. She prefers to work with “real women” for whom she also designs her clothing. “The Cernei clothes are about real women, real emotions, fun, career, family, a full rich life. The classic photo shoots are too sterile for what I am creating. Cernei exists for the women everywhere and it is better expressed through them.”
What do you think? Should fashion designers use professional models, or “real women,” to display their wares?