Victoria Beckham on Fashion Show Models Critics Called 'Skeletal': 'They're Thin, But That Doesn't Mean They're Ill'
"All our girls are healthy," Victoria Beckham said of her 2015 New York Fashion Week show
The outcries came after Beckham’s Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show, with Piers Morgan saying they looked “miserable” and people on social media blasting Beckham, particularly in the UK.
“Our casting director spoke to the [modeling] agencies, and we know that all our girls are healthy,” the designer told The Telegraph.
“They’re young, they’re thin, but that doesn’t mean they’re ill.”
Much of the criticism centered around 17-year-old model Peyton Knight, but Beckham says that, “I wasn’t the only show she did, I wasn’t the only designer to use her.”
The former singer also says she stays on top of any stories about her or her shows, and uses any critiques to do better.
“I [read them] as soon as they come in, so I am very aware,” she says. “I think people who say they don’t read everything are probably lying, people who say they don’t care are probably lying.”
“There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism, and I learn from that and better myself. I’m not expecting anyone to be sycophantic in any way, I never expected that.”
But she thinks there’s a difference between constructive criticism and those who attack others on Twitter.
“People are mean on social media, whoever you are. It’s a shame people have to be that way.”
Part of the online vitriol towards Beckham comes from people who think she’s turning back on her 2010 pledge to ban unhealthily thin models from any of her shows, as part of the “Healthy is Beauty” campaign from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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Beckham was recently honored with a Glamour Women of the Year award for her work as a fashion designer and her efforts as a goodwill ambassador with UNAIDS.
And she certainly still has fans of her fashion business in her family, who supported her with a video message.
Son Cruz, 10, told her, “Congratulations, Mummy. You definitely deserve this award. Oh, one more thing: Can you please make kids’ clothes?”