Fashion industry values represent the moral degradation occurring among a class of people who idolize physical beauty and material goods and uphold them above all else, especially moral integrity and intelligence. The fashion industry operates as a cult of the body. Many young people have been brainwashed into this mentality with devastating results. Homosexuality, drug abuse, promiscuity, sex trafficking and enslavement, unfettered cosmetic surgery, and severe depression rampantly take their toll upon thosee young people involved. There are abundant cases where fashion industry values have led to the tragic and untimely deaths of misguided young people. Although not prevalent to the same degree in Japan, a similar phenomenon is observable via the country's "Idol Culture", which was infamous for often marketing underage girls as sex objects.
The vicious cycle of the fashion industry
- Rich consumers want to spend money on the newest and "sexiest" fashions to show off their wealth and popularity.
- Fashion designers design exotic and scandalous clothing that shows off the female body, which treats the woman as another luxury good.
- Fashion agents treat models as merchandise, placing heavy demands on the models to meet the specifications of the designer.
- The models never feel good enough unless they are the thinnest, youngest, prettiest, etc.
- Many models suffer irreparable damage from feelings of inadequacy, leading to depression and sometimes suicide.
- Thinner, younger models take the place of the unstable, unreliable older models (who themselves are no older than 25).
- Rich consumers buy the latest fashion, become convinced that the newer fashion standard is even thinner than before, and pump more money into the system in the process.
Type of clothing
The "clothing" advertised by the fashion industry's heads frequently goes far beyond standards of decency in most communities. Often, more skin is revealed than concealed by the clothing, which features plunging necklines, high slits, and sheer fabrics. The designs often intentionally blur gender roles, with women wearing tuxedos and men wearing feather boas or other feminine accessories.
Furthermore, especially for women, the clothing sizes are unrealistically small ("size zero") for the majority of females, requiring the models to lose unhealthy amounts of weight in order to wear them ("heroin chic"); in turn, anorexia and bulimia are frequent among female models.
Examples of Fashion industry values
- 20-year-old supermodel Ruslana Korshunova leapt to her death from a New York City penthouse in an apparent suicide on June 28, 2008.
- Homosexual fashion designer Alexander McQueen, an atheist, took a drug overdose of cocaine, sleeping pills, and tranquilisers prior to committing suicide by hanging in 2010 at the age of forty. See: Atheism and suicide
- Ana Carolina Reston, a 21-year-old anorexic Brazilian model who weighed only 88 pounds died in November 2006.
- Hila Elmalich, an Israeli model suffering from anorexia, died in November 2006 when weighing only 60 pounds. She was so weak and atrophied that she could not stand. The response from the industry is stunning:
In New York, the Council of Fashion Designers of America issued voluntary guidelines to raise awareness -- urging designers to promote the message that beauty is health -- but setting no minimum BMI requirement. Officials in other key fashion capitals, London and Paris, did not act on the issue. Designers say that clothes just look better on thin models and that the curves of more shapely models distract from the clothing they are showing off. They say rules and punishments would only stifle creativity.
- In August, 2006, 22-year-old Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos died during Fashion Week in Montevideo after reportedly surviving on lettuce and diet drinks.
- Supermodel Kate Moss became the postergirl for the "heroin chic" look in fashion during the early 90s, which involved a waifish frame and heavy mascara and eyeliner to suggest rings under the eyes from prolonged drug abuse. Public outcry was widespread, and even President Bill Clinton publicly criticized the positive depiction of drug use as dangerous for impressionable young girls. It was later revealed that Moss had a long history abusing cocaine, with photographs documenting her abuse. Yet, in true form for fashion industry values, her popularity and assets doubled upon revelation of the drug abuse photos. Also, now that she is older, she has openly accused the fashion industry for pushing her to be too thin.
- Fashion designer Calvin Klein has been criticized for several years for several scandalous underwear advertisements, in print, video and billboard form. In 1984, he rented a large billboard in Times Square, New York on which he placed a 100 foot tall photo of a male model wearing only underwear. In 1995, he drew the ire of many groups, including the American Family Association, when a video and print advertisement campaign featured pubescent models in settings that intentionally evoked pornography. "Consumer and child welfare advocates [slammed the ad campaign], finding the ads disturbing and exploitative." In 1999, a series of photos of children in his underwear drew a large backlash from consumers and groups, who felt these photos were blatant child pornography. The ad was quickly pulled. Even though he has been married twice, his sexuality is debated, with many reports of wild excesses at night clubs in the 70s and 80s. He has continued offending with his fashion, so long as it sells clothes.
- Supermodel Naomi Campbell has a storied history of violence, including verbal and physical attacks against: a housekeeper in 2006, an employee in 2005, British Airways employees (she is now forbidden from flying on the airline) followed by two airport police officers. She grew up without a father.
- Homosexual fashion designer Gianni Versace was killed by a former lover, Andrew Cunanan. Cunanan had already killed four men, including three former lovers. He met Versace while hiding in plain sight in Miami and regularly attending "gay" night clubs.
- Homosexual designer Hedi Slimane obsessively features only very young boys in his fashion shows. "Hedi Slimane embraced a different look, bringing his ultra-young, ultra-thin models out of their all-black nightclub clothes and into daylight.""...it was good to see Slimane moving on...Yet.. menswear for this classic French house has a focus on very young boys."
- Many other prominent fashion designers are homosexuals, including Christian Dior, Yves St. Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier (whose lover died of AIDS), Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, etc.
- Gender Lines are Becoming Vague in Fashion
- "As an apprentice tailor in Savile Row, McQueen enthusiastically made suits for the Prince of Wales and he has since designed several outfits for the Duchess of York. He says, however, "I am an anarchist, full-stop. I have always had the same political ideology. I'm an atheist. I am anti-monarchist. I don't believe in hierarchies." " Tim Walker, 'Fashion victim', Sunday Telegraph, December 21, 2003, Pg. 26.
- ABC news Did Model Die From Pressure to Be Thin?
- Kate Moss biography
-  Cocaine abuse photographed
-  Caught again.
-  Assets double
- Kate Moss blames fashion industry for making her too thin - Thaindian.com
- Media-Awareness Canada has a full article on Calvin Klein, but it is not linked explicitly since the offensive photos are included as evidence.
- Morality in Media report
- Calvin Klein, Inc. financial history
- CNN "Who is Andrew Cunanan? Suspected killer led flamboyant lifestyle."