Dr Debra Ferreday is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Her research engages with embodied and social aspects of new media and digital cultures, celebrity culture, fashion, and consumption.
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    ‘Walking Skeletons’: media, misogyny and thinness

    October 2007: a model walks the Guy Laroche catwalk at Paris fashion week. Her beautifully cut, flowing backless tunic, like her skin, is purest white: her simply-styled hair and minimal makeup designed to showcase the flowing lines of Laroche’s expert draping. What is most striking about this show, though – and what will attract widespread attention from commentators and bloggers is not the clothes, but the thinness of the woman’s body.