Canadian MP tables motion to establish strategy on eating disorders, body image

Laurin Liu, Canadian Member of Parliament representing Rivière‑des‑Mille‑Îles, is tabling a motion to establish a national strategy on eating disorders and body image. 

 New Democratic Party MP Laurin Liu |  Source

New Democratic Party MP Laurin Liu | Source

Her initiative is called 'Let's be real'. The website reads,

We call urgently on the government of Canada to immediately implement a national strategy for eating disorders. We also demand that professionals producing media directed at women and girls, including those in the health, beauty and fashion industries, show leadership in depicting a diversity of models, including diversity in size, ethnicity, and age.

What are your thoughts?

Read more and sign the petition at berealcanada.ca.

Good read: 'A great catalogue model'

In an article for Fashionista.com, Lauren Sherman explores how e-commerce has transformed the business of commercial modelling. 

 Michele Ouellet is a commercial client favourite. Here, she appears in the Rockport Spring 2014 campaign cast by Lisa Leder | Models.com

Michele Ouellet is a commercial client favourite. Here, she appears in the Rockport Spring 2014 campaign cast by Lisa Leder | Models.com

Money girls, as the industry likes to call them, have always been a big part of the fashion business, thanks to catalogs and campaigns. But e-commerce has increased their exposure. Now, instead of seeing Ouellet in a monthly magazine or a bimonthly catalog, frequent shoppers might see her face once or twice a day on various websites. (And that's not counting her popular Instagram account.) The advent of online shopping has made commercial models more valuable than ever for brands. 

That's not to say editorial and commercial models don't crossover beyond Victoria's Secret Angels walking in the occasional Prada runway show. Jacquelyn Jablonski is as present in the J.Crew catalog as she is on the runway, while another J.Crew star -- RJ Rogenski -- has become a favorite of just about every men's magazine. (Oullet, too, appears in editorial and occasionally walks the runway.) "There used to be the show girls, the editorial girls, and then there were the money girls," Dakin says. "Now the money girls are walking. And the girls walking are shooting. The catalogs wanted to be cool, and the runways needed more mass appeal."

Read the full article here.

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Canadian Fashion Industry Speaks Up Over Work Permits

 American citizen Charlotte Free covers the March 2013 issue of Canadian fashion magazine Flare |  Source

American citizen Charlotte Free covers the March 2013 issue of Canadian fashion magazine Flare | Source

The Canadian fashion industry, including Alecia Bell of Elite Toronto, is speaking out about the importance of foreign models being able to quickly obtain work permits in Canada and how the current process has led to large financial losses for Canadian workers.

Read more here.