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Fab Flash: Rodarte Diet Request Causes Vogue Controversy

The April issue of Vogue has been feeling its share of media heat, first for the possibly suggestive cover with LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen, and now for one of the features inside. Last September, a Vogue editor suggested that Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the designers behind Rodarte, see a trainer and go on a diet. The sisters admitted that a doctor had told them to get in shape and said they wanted to be healthier, so they agreed and accepted four months of personal training and a meal-delivery service paid for by the magazine. As a result, Laura and Kate lost 50 pounds combined, all the while keeping a journal which appears in the April Shape issue.

The magazine has a history of chronicling staff diets, but objections rose that such a suggestion to an outside party was out of line. What do you think, are the ladies at Vogue just trying to rabblerouse or is the media concern deserved?

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jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I don't think it is out of line. It was for an article and help two people get healthy. I see a win-win.
mlen mlen 9 years
i agree with julieulie and bhilb. how ever i did read the article and i liked what the girls had to say about the whole process. and i thought the way they approached it was with a healthy attitude.
libre1 libre1 9 years
"Because encouraging people to live healthier lives, which in turn, makes them happier, etc is a BAD thing". Come off it. The girls are gorgeous, and lost weight through exercise, healthy-eating and discipline. 2/3 of our country could afford to do the same thing.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
To encourage someone overwight to get healthier is always good, but I don't think Vogue should be the one encharged to do that. I have a friend who is overweight and I do help her and encourage her to get healthier - but again, I'm her best friend. If someone who wasn't close to her would say: "You should loose wight", she would have told whoever it was to go to hell. I mean, nobody is telling Anna Wintour how unbelievably unattactive she is, she shouldn't be doing the same thing.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
Losing weight and being healthy isn't a bad thing. These girls rock. They had the discipline to stick to the exercise and diet and they look fab. They actually did more in four months than I've been doing for 6 months now.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
This is a great story. They lost weight and changed their lifestyle in a healthy manner. All of this was recommended by a doctor. I don't understand why people have a problem with this.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good for them...
fadeastride fadeastride 9 years
What bothers me is the fact that they were working out 6 days a week while consuming only 1300 calories a day. That's pretty low, especially if you're exercising a bunch. And honestly, if Anna Wintour told me I was fat, I'd tell her to kiss the fattest part of my cellulite-covered butt. I will lose weight because I want to, not because Skeletor-with-a-bob tells me to.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 9 years
I don't see anything wrong with it. Clearly the girls were obese. It's sad and I'm glad someone helped them. I'm personally all for healthy bodies. By healthy I mean not skinny but firm and toned!!
berrymix berrymix 9 years
I don't see anything wrong with this. The sisters look fab and healthier so how can that be a bad thing?
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
I think they lost weight in a healthy way and they agreed to letting Vogue make them over, and they looked all the better for it, so why not?
MUZA MUZA 9 years
That they lost weight and did so in a healthy way, I applaud. However, that they agreed to chronicle their effort is a bit "cheap". They are such amazing designers and fascinating individuals... but this publicity is unnecessary for such a personal issue.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Well since they had extra weight and they went along with this, then they obviously don't mind. Just because someone suggests they lose weight, doesn't mean anyone is going to tell them to lose too much. I don't get why people automatically assume that someone wanting to lose weight equals taking too far and becoming stick figures.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I think they knew they needed to get healthier, they just didn't make time for themselves it was all about their work. So kudos to them for getting on the right track!
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 9 years
The reason that its so controversial is that people probably interpret this as Vogue trying to tell all woman to have unreasonable body expectations and that we all need to be a Size 0. I can see why their receiving some flack. If O or Shape sponsored their weight loss regime, obviously, this wouldn't be talked about. Good for them for losing the weight though, especially if it was a health issue. I just hope for their sake that they don't take it to the extreme and turn into stick figures, or their health could be endangered in other ways.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I don't think it is a bad thing for them to chronicle the designers' way to loosing weight. These ladies look awesome! It's not like Vogue asked them to starve themselves. I think it is a positive and inspiring article.
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I agree with julieulie. If the designers wanted to lose weight, and asked Vogue to chronicle it, it would be one thing. However, for a magazine like Vogue, whose entire existence is about image, to suggest they go on a diet, is very tacky to me. I think it makes it less about being healthy (such as the fitness magazines mentioned above) and all about looking a certain way. Isn't the shape issue supposed to celebrate the different shapes of women, not get them to conform? I buy Vogue and love it, but this just strikes me as offensive. Granted, I have not yet bought this month's Vogue, so maybe I'll change my mind after reading the article.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I don't like that they agreed at the suggestion of a Vogue editor. Yes, I comprehend that they were overweight and that a doctor had suggested weight loss, but I kind of think it is out of line for someone outside of the medical profession to make the same suggestion. If a Vogue editor made a comment like that to me, I'd ask her where she went to medical school. I just question if someone like that has a person's health as a main interest citing cardiac health, cancer rates, etc., or just looks and says "they look fat, let's put them on a diet."
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
They look good and healthy. If Vogue would have offered me, I would have taken it as well...
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
these are grown women not lil was offered and they accepted, hell i know i would have also..
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
They look FAB
sidra5397 sidra5397 9 years
agreed with ekaterina and maise
maisiegirl maisiegirl 9 years
Much agreed; I read this article yesterday and loved the honesty with which the sisters discussed their struggles and triumphs with losing weight. We all have experienced not wanting to hit the gym, but then once we've gotten there, worked out, we've felt so much more energized. I think their approach to dieting was healthy and the article focused upon how the designers learned that healthy eating habits can aid in extra energy and overall well-being. Whether someone is a size 0 or a size 10, 12, 14 and on up is beside the point, what is at issue is that the combination of healthy, organic foods and some form of exercise is necessary for overall healthy living and longevity. Our bodies were meant to move and they require nutritious food to fuel our minds and our movements.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
I agree with the above comments, they were instructed to lose weight and get healthy by their doctor. And they don't look like they are anywhere near skinny which is a plus for the story. They still looking curvy. However, it should be noted that they've said time and again they have no real interest in wearing fashion themselves. In the before picture you can tell they never gave much thought to it and those clothes probably made them look heavier than they actually were. For this feature they were styled by the Vogue team and done up with makeup. I personally think they look great and healthy and not too thin which doesn't make Vogue look like they were trying to enforce a strict size-2 policy. There is nothing wrong with being thin and there is nothing wrong with being curvy---as long as you are at a healthy weight for your height and your overall health is fine. Otherwise, either extreme can be very dangerous.
jasmint jasmint 9 years
If Rodarte mentioned it first and then Vogue made the offer, I think it was perfectly fine, however if it was the other way around I think it was out of line. Either way, the girls were at unhealthy weights before (it's not like telling a size 10 to lose a few) and now they look great!
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