So I was over at a friend’s house watching Project Runway last night, and I immediately knew I’d have to come home and write a quick post about it. So, they did their “real woman” challenge again where, instead of models, they have regular women to design for. In this case, it was women wearing hideous bridesmaids dresses, which the contestants had to “transform” into fashion.
I always cringe a little when the designers get to choose their models for these types of challenges, because often it’s the largest woman left standing. And indeed, the first designer to pick chose a woman mostly because she was skinny, and said something to that effect. And yes, the largest woman was the last one picked. (And I think the second largest was the second-to-last one picked. Sigh.)
Then this poor girl (who was super cute) ended up in a horrible, unflattering, hideous dress, with a horrid hairdo, which made me embarrassed for all fat girls everywhere. (You can’t see the full horror of the dress in this shot because off the little shrug. It actually doesn’t look so bad here. But if you saw the episode, you know: it was tragic.) The public got to vote on the designs, and this dress got one sole pity vote, from another plus-sized woman. That’s right, fat sisterhood, represent! A very interesting moment. Anyway, the whole thing was insane.
Then I got home and found an email waiting for me in my inbox from a BFD tipster who wishes to remain anonymous. Here’s what she had to say about the episode:
We all know the fashion industry is fat-phobic, but “Project Runway” was particularly vile tonight. They had a full-figured gal on one of the challenges as a model (she was like, maybe a size 16!) and the designers all behaved as though she was impossible to design for. The guy who created a dress for her…vacillated between total contempt, self-pity and then faux enthusiasm for having to make a dress for a normal-sized woman. The whole thing was vomitrocious.
Hee. “Vomitrocious.” And that’s not even getting into how needlessly nasty people are being to the very sweet Michael C. So did any of you guys see the episode? What did you think?
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