The Observer is a Student-run, daily print & online newspaper serving Notre Dame & Saint Mary's. Learn more about us.



Fashion show restrictions unreasonable

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Bernina of America Fashion Show is scheduled to take place at Saint Mary’s on March 11. Saint Mary’s women received an email about this event, which is raising money for a new Breast Care Center at Memorial Hospital. This is a great cause, and I fully support their efforts.

However, I do not agree with the requirements for models. The email stated that the models must must be at least 5’9″, have a bust of around 35″, a waist size around 25″ and hips around 35″. I don’t know too many women that fit this description. I realize that the people organizing the fashion show are trying to raise money for something that will benefit many women, but in the process they are just reinforcing a harmful stereotype. The image that they will be presenting is one that will not make women feel better about themselves. I know that my body isn’t even close to those requirements, but I don’t think it should be. With all of the body issues that are present on college campuses, why should we reinforce the feelings of inadequacy? It’s time that we see real women on a stage.

Sarah Nielson


Regina Hall

Jan. 22