As part of the Vogue Festival going on in London this week the Russian supermodel sat down for a panel discussion on the fashion industries unreasonably low weight requirements for models. Controversially, the 30-year-old mother of four seems to embrace the rail thin body standards in modeling though.
She proudly admitted to wearing Givenchy Couture a mere three days after giving birth to her son. When not modeling or attending fashion shows, Natalia runs her yearly marathon which she also declared to not need any training for. This train wreck didn’t stop there though, she had so much more sage advice, ”Please, do the same and you will look like this."
According to NYMag, Natalia’s comments were sparked by British Vogue's executive fashion director Calgary Avansino's question: "It's undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner than 99.9 percent of the population. What message should you be sending out?"
On how images of thin models affect women: "Come on, guys, it's better to be skinny than to be fat! We eat well, we exercise — please, do the same and you will look like this. I'm sorry, but today the NHS [Britain’s National Health Service] are fighting against obesity, children are taken away from their parents because they’re too fat … And here we are, defending that we are healthy and skinny."
On her diet: "I respect my body — my body is my temple. If I eat like a pig, I feel like a pig."
On losing weight after childbirth: "I must say I actually came to [an event at] the V&A after giving birth to [my son] Victor, three days later, and I was wearing Givenchy Couture."
Her advice to women who want to lose weight: "I don't want to offend people who are trying to lose weight — if you want my tip, everyone should look into the only diet I've ever done. When I was little I had ulcers in my stomach from not eating very properly. I had really bad digestion and suffered from it for a long time. Then somebody recommended the blood type diet. Ever since, I have more energy and I've been doing it for five years now. It really works for me. It's not about eating more protein or more carbohydrates — it's which protein you eat, and which carbohydrates.”
On exercise: "I run [a marathon] once a year; I don't train. It's true!"
Natalia who recently ended her marriage of almost 10 years to British aristocrat Justin Porter has moved on to dating Antoine Arnault, son of businessman Bernard Arnault and the head of communications for luxury brand Louis Vuitton.
The topic of unreasonably thin models and the pressure that agencies, designers and photographers put on them has become a hot button topic lately. Sara Ziff a model turned activist created the Model Alliance along with Lisa Davies (a model as well) precisely for this reason. In a recent article for the website fellow model, Kate Schuette spoke out about her struggles with an eating disorder brought on by modeling. “I tried to lose more weight, but my blood pressure got so low I couldn’t stand up without getting dizzy, and all I could think about was food.”
Schuette is not alone in claiming her agency wanted her to lose weight. Dutch model Doutzen Kroes was also taken to meetings with her agents that solely focused on the size of her derrière and the supposedly gargantuan size of it. Then there is also the story of Aussie model Gemma Ward who was an “it” girl in the fashion world until she hit the ripe old age of 18 and was ridiculed out of modeling for actually maturing into a more regular sized person.
We also recently saw the dramatic weight loss of Crystal Renn. Renn started modeling at a young age, developed an eating disorder along with a drug habit, went to rehab and came back as a plus-sized model. As modeling fairy tales go hers was a great one since she still continued to work, booking major magazine covers, editorials and ad campaigns. Crystal was famously quoted saying, “I'm a curvy girl. You can't erase it… Women should be able to look at me and think: 'She's beautiful.' She has now however lost all the weight and then some. Appearing with a bevy of other girls in the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and very recently on the red carpet with platinum blonde hair, she claims her new figure is the result of yoga.
Natalia’s remarks on how she can run a marathon without training, wear couture three days after giving birth and comparing underage models with eating disorders to obese children are just the tip of the obnoxious iceberg she seems to be sitting on.
So if you also have the backing of your ex husbands aristocrat divorce settlement, are a 5’9 Russian supermodel and don’t “Eat like a pig”, you too can look just like Natalia.
Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault Attending The Louis Vuitton Exhibition In Paris
Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman In 2008
Natalia Vodianova Running The Paris Marathon
Natalia Vodianova and Children Attending The Stella McCartney Fashion Show