Saturday, July 26, 2008

An Unhealthy Fashion Trend


There's something about fashion and smoking mixed together that I never understood. Why are such beautiful people smoking? In my opinion, smoking is rather nasty, and I have never and never will touch a cigarette.

Of course they always say that smoking helps keep models thin, but why are the models trying so hard to be sickly skinny when they can be skinny the healthy way: eat right and exercise? We all know that models these days are reaching the borderline of skinny and going into the dangerous zone, so why all this pressure?

Think about the models that don't smoke, which would probably be only a few because almost every model in the fashion industry does. Cindy Crawford and Tyra Banks don't smoke and they may not be the skinniest models out there, but to me they seem a lot more healthier and relatable to the average person than anyone else.

Think of all the dangers such as lung cancer that you can get just from smoking. And now think about all the models which are role models towards young people, making it look cool to smoke. That's one of the biggest reasons I dislike about models smoking: whether they're doing it subconsciously or not, they make smoking look like it's "in".

To be honest, I have no problem with people smoking, but when the majority of a force as big and influencing as the fashion industry does it, it just seems totally wrong. I think smoking overall is something that never should have become a trend and it really shouldn't have become a trend in the fashion industry.

44 comments:

Trixy Tran said...

I totally agree. I really dislike how so much of the fashion industry smokes - just that picture you have says it all.

Savvy Gal said...

agree with you, but it is true smoking curb appetite so with the nature of the industry, models would starve themselves. also media have protrait smoking as cool and hip thus the glamourous image is created even though it is quite nasty. Everyone who smokes has yellow teeth that look greyish.

Sharon Rose said...

For some and for some reason, smoking is deemed as cool-I just hope my two boys never start this habit!

Siljesfashion said...

I hate smoke. It smells bad, its unhealthy and it can kill you. Major reasons not to go there.

Jules said...

i AGREE, TOO. My mom got emphysema so I see how she suffered from smoking. I think we must be responsible not only for ourselves but also for others as well who wants to protect themselves from lung cancer for example.

Jules
www.soloden.blogspot.com
www.healthlines.blogspot.com

bri said...

amen! smoking is extremely disgusting. everytime i pass by a smoker, that icky smoke gets in my lungs and i start hacking and coughing all over the place. i don't understand why people smoke, i mean, they know the effects of smoking and see what it can do to people so why do the continue to do it?!? that is just something i will never understand.

The Redheaded Bandit said...

THANK YOU!!!! someone fabulous who agrees with me! there are definately cooler ways to die as i say.

Cheryl Lynn said...

I smoked for about 20+ years before finally quitting. Now it's been so many years since I've had a cigarette, I can't stand to be around smoke, even if I'm outside. It's a terrible and nasty habit, and I agree with you totally, it does a disservice to our young people to promote such a deadly habit as being anything other than what it is: a deadly habit.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Oh, I forgot. Thanks for stopping by and I love the new look of your blog. Very classy.

Style Addict said...

Smoking is quite disgusting, it also smells really bad.

Prudence Lennon said...

I smoke and i don't care what you think about that it's my choice and you can't say what is right or wrong it's not your business...try with fashion!
Prudence Lennon

Secretista said...

Smoking, yuck!!!!! I don't get how it goes hand in hand with fashion either. It's not elegant and it's not chic.

Miss Couturable is doing mighty fine! She's been out of the hospital for over a couples of weeks now.

aizat.cinta.goddess said...

agree with you.thanks to tyra for what she did for the cycle 8!

Nay'Chelle said...

I really hate how accepted smoking is in fashion. There's a reason they're called "cancer sticks". Besides second-hand smoke is terrible as well.

vogue said...

thanks hun..i got suprised with a beautiful chanel necklace instead :) i love it!!! um you'll have to teach me what that is hehe not totally up with it?? love this post too its actually something i was going to write about soon! i share the exact same thoughts xx

J e s s i c a said...

i agree !
i hate when people smoke around me it gives me a huuuge headache...and it's the only time i get headaches.
Thankgod my dad quit a long time ago, cigs are so harmfull

Dapper Kid said...

It is unfortunately true that smoking is often perceived as glamourous and cool, not so much the actual smoking, but it's associations with the fashion/media industry. However saying that, if somebody chooses to smoke, it is their decision. I think that there ought to be better education about the hazards, so people are able to make an informed decision.

And thanks again for featuring my blog :D

Ginger said...

Yellow finger nails and smelly hair/clothes... oh, how fashionable!

Trisch said...

totally agree that smoking is kindof pretty gross. but with modeling it is seen as a way to keep slim in hectic times when they feel they just don't have the time to stay thin the healthy way. Also it is a common belief that by the time they get old enough to get all the nasty side effects, their modeling careers will be over and it won't matter anymore if they have yellow teeth or whatever.

fashion herald said...

perfect photo selection, that is not a pretty picture.

glamourgirl said...

I completely agree with everything you said.
Great blog & I'd love to exchange links! I already added yours to my site! :)

Lauren said...

I agree with you. Models like Tyra Banks should be role models to girls, because she's real and she is a good person to look up to. I read in an article in Vogue that Coco Rocha recently spoke with Michael Kors about models and unhealthy behaviors, and she said she doesn't smoke or use drugs.

miss-corrine said...

I am so, SO glad that you posted about this - I completely agree!

i think thats hauttte said...

this was a well-written post, and i dont understand either, what do people find attractive about smoking?!

Betsey said...

yes, yes. i love this post.
and i would love to exchange links!

Anna Shapiro said...

In ways, i agree, but i cant help but feel that, well, it looks pretty cool and effortless when you stand their in a chic outfit, with a cigarette at your lips.

btw,

id LOVE to trade links, yr blog is awesome and...
more readers!
yay!

Cammila said...

I have to wonder if part of smoking's enduring mystique -- despite how toxic and bad it is -- is the very fact that it's destructive. It evokes a James Dean "live fast, die young" feeling. The shame is that this idea can't safely remain in fiction -- people still smoke in real life, and stink, and get lung cancer.

Sarah said...

I think it all boils down to influence. The general excuse/reason is "I smoke when I'm stressed out."

That was my excuse of why I smoked when I was doing my design work in London, but after I moved back home where none of my friends smokes, I naturally just quit.

And I am glad that I did! =D

p.s I linked you on my blog already! =) Have a sparkling week!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

Smoking is such a nasty habit...I'm not a big fan of current models, they all look too thin and too unhealthy... and the image they publicize is simply ridiculous :S

Paris said...

Great post hun, I completely agree with you, it just looks so scummy. I never see my favourite models, Coco Rocha and Karlie Kloss, Siri Tollerod etc smoking, I hope they don't. Smoking and losing weight is bull, it's just a distraction and people can distract themselves with a tea or coffee or reading. I know that smoking in Paris is a big thing, it's seen as chic - that is until the models get to 30 and look like leather hand bags. Either that or over botoxed plastic handbag xx

Tina :) said...

Great post, I definitely agree with you. Smoking is terrible and I can't even stand to breathe in the smoke from it. Why do people do this? I really have no idea.

fashionista said...

I totally agree with you!!

seasonal lust said...

in movies, smoking is also glamorized...think breakfast at tiffany's. =/ it's hard on such impressionable youths, but at least you prove there are still intelligent beings out there who can think for themselves.

MollyCake said...

gross, gross, gross. just makes me think of yellow teeth and bad skin, not to mention black lungs. I'd rather run a couple miles and feel good instead of smoke to lose weight.

I'm with you on this.

Ida said...

Never have, never will. I just don't see the point in smoking.

I really loved this post.

HeyBigTrender said...

to be honest all models smoke, even those that "don't"...hello second hand fumes! if you were in the industry, a lot of your fellow models would be smoking and its not like you can deman people to not smoke, it would take a lot of nerve!

also, my sister takes the photos for me, I don't own a tripod yet! and I'd love to trade links with you!

Imelda Matt said...

OMG!!! I've just noticed (and how could I not) that I'm your featured blog....LOL. Thank you so much and the Order of Imelda badge looks great.

I smoke so I can't really say to too much but my problem is with what the tobacco companies are doing in Africa. That's the real problem.

Besides the only way smoking will keep you thin is when you finally develop lung/mouth/whatever cancer and you can't eat! Hmmm...maybe it's time I quit!

Yours Truly said...

Good points made in this article. I've smoked for years, thanks to ballet :/
But great blog, check mine out:
http://properstunning.tumblr.com/
Are you interested in linking to one another?

TheMinx said...

I agree with you one hundred percent. Like your post about black models, i feel that the smoking trend with fashion is hopelessly outdated and distinctly UNfashionable. It's simply a dangerous and smelly addiction that has no place in the fashion world or otherwise.

I have added you to my blogroll, by the way, since you asked. :)

rhi said...

I would rather have cancer then back fat.

Nancy Rebelle said...

Smoking and fashion have gone hand in hand since the day they were invented. Thats why people smoke so much-its considered fashionable. Its common to hear people complain nowadays about the likes of Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn, pressuring people but when you think about it, they probaly had the same pressure from those before them-right back to Audrey Hepburn and James Dean, who, lets face it, made every photograph positivly come alive-while killing themselves with their smoke.
P.S . just to point out, i don't smoke.

Merily said...

I agree with you completely.

Anonymous said...

the act smoking is hot, plain and simple. and you can agree or disagree but it is. when men do it, they are deep and bruding. women are mysterious and sultry. that's it.

Anonymous said...

Smoking isnt disgusting.. But the most people who smoke need it in life: and that's stupid. When you are dependent... I hope i'll never be!
People who usually smoke, like my aunt, do look really old: skin is all wrinkled and collapsed, and her voice sounds like a man! xD
Quite stupid!
But great post! Sorry for this stupid comment;)

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