So, 13 of Australia's hottest young things beat thousands of aspiring Heidi Klums to win spots on Australia's Next Top Model. They are tall, striking, willowy thin. Teenage girls around the country sigh longingly as they compare their ordinary bodies with a baker's dozen of superhuman ones.
So, what message does it send when one of Australia's leading fashion designers describes these girls in terms like "wild pig" or "blockhead"? What hope do young girls have of developing a healthy body image if these models - touted as the most beautiful we have to offer - are being told they're not beautiful enough?
For what I've seen of Alex Perry, I'm sure it was said with tongue firmly in cheek, but is that really an excuse? Shouldn't he be encouraging these girls (whose average age is around 18) with positive feedback? Can't he see how fragile self esteem is in young women?
Perhaps he can...but kindness just wouldn't make great tv, would it?