September 05, 2011 4:44PM
A SIZE eight teenage model said being bullied for being too fat on
Australia’s Next Top Model sent a dangerous message to vulnerable young viewers.
Perry has openly criticised Moone’s body, likening it to “overstuffed
luggage”, and the clash is set to reach a head on tonight’s episode.
Perry this morning took to Twitter and Channel
Nine’s Mornings with Kerri-Anne to answer his critics, saying it
was “incorrect reporting”.
The Minister for Youth Peter Garrett said the statement’s were
“Comments like these send the wrong message to young people who watch the
program and I find them very concerning – what planet is he on?” Mr Garrett told
“Promoting positive body image has been one of my priorities as Youth
Minister. In July we sent every school in the country a poster and information
pack as part of our ‘Respect Every Body’ campaign, and we’ve also given funding
to the Butterfly Foundation for its ‘Free to BE’ body esteem
“Everyone has an ideal weight for their body and that’s what
we should all aspire to.”
Responding to people tweeting their anger over his comments, Perry said:
The model at the centre of the controversy, Alissandra Moone, yesterday said:
“It’s a very bad message to be sending to young girls who watch the show.
“It’s harsh. It’s stupid. And it’s out of touch. I understand it’s a reality
of the (modelling) industry but this is a TV show and they should have a
responsibility to censor that kind of thing.
“I know this has happened to other girls in the past but I was shocked when
he (Perry) said I was too fat.
“I’m only a size eight. There’s going to be a lot of young girls watching
this who are bigger than me, and how’s this going to make them feel?”
The average dress size for most Aussie women is a 12 to 14, while the most
Australia youth survey showed body image was the most serious concern facing
young people between 11 and 24 — above bullying, drugs and family conflict.
“I understand it’s probably a reality of the industry but no one likes to be
told they look fat – regardless of what job you are in,” Moone said. “I have
never thought of myself as fat. I am a health freak. I go to the gym and eat
A spokeswoman for the ButterFly Foundation, which
is aimed at educating and supporting people with eating disorders, said: “The
(fashion) industry has a responsibility for portraying women of all healthy
sizes and in playing a strong educated role in the contribution they make to the
serious issue of negative body image.
“We encourage Top Model to be
conscious of the example they set to their impressionable viewers.”
The critique of Moone’s size is in stark contrast to Melbourne
Spring Fashion Week organisers’ decision this year to only use models with a
healthy BMI. Models will be vetted by casting agents to ensure they are not too
thin before they are signed up.
The face of this year’s festival Sophie van den Akker – a
former ANTM contestant herself – is also a size eight.
“As a role model, I think an eight to 10 is more realistic. I think people
are more attracted to that than seeing skin and bone,” van den Akker has
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her primary challenge = AM = 14 = Sexiness. Sex appeal. Sex symbol. Diet.
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