I was doing some Googling and looking around Facebook the other day and it somehow occurred to me that the British seem to be the most vocal against size zero. During the F/W 2007/2008 Fashion Week period last spring, plenty of newspaper articles debated the size zero issue, and most were British.
Anti size zero Facebook groups include:
NO to size ZERO! (this group makes it sound like being size zero is wrong, period. Regardless of height. Although they’ll tell you otherwise.)
Against size zero models (okay, this group makes sense…5’10 models are way, way, way too tall to be zeros. HEAR THAT MAINSTREAM DESIGNERS? SIZE ZERO PANTS SHOULD NOT HAVE A 34″ INSEAM. MOST PEOPLE WHO WEAR ANYTHING UNDER A VANITIED US 4 ARE SHORT TO AVERAGE HEIGHT.)
Girls should be happy with their own size f*** size zero (same idea as the first link)
I understand that in the UK, sizes are different and that what we know as a size zero in the US and Canada is a 4 there. Still, they seem to say that anyone under a UK 6 or 8 is kind of gross, including petite women.
On another note, some of the comments in these Facebook groups are pretty much borderline racist(if you go back far enough in one of the groups, you’ll see that one girl mentioned something about “tiny Chinese women” being fit models for Marks and Spencers (back when everything was manufactured in mainland China and Hong Kong) and that these don’t fit “real British women.” I was thinking, there are plenty of Chinese British women in the UK. As in UK born and raised. You know, BBC (British Born Chinese). She really should have worded it “ethnically English” or something like that), though I’m thinking that the posters don’t really know that they are being so. Clothing size and ethnicity, however, is another post for another day.