Friday, October 16, 2009

Doctored Dolls....Go Figure!

Photoshopped Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton fired 'for being too fat' | Mail Online

Toymaker releases Michelle Obama doll - which is expected to outsell those of her husband | Mail Online

Filippa Hamilton, a 23-year-old, 120lb, 5' 10", size 8 model, was recently fired by her employer, famed designer Ralph Lauren for, according to Miss Hamilton, 'being too fat.' However, Lauren spokespeople object to these charges, by explaining, 'their relationship ended 'as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract'.

The Lauren explanation however, conveniently did not elaborate on how Hamilton failed to 'meet the obligations under her contract.'

According to the Mail Online report, 'Hamilton said she was concerned about its impact on the public.'

'I think they owe American women an apology, a big apology,' she said.

'I'm very proud of what I look like, and I think a role model should look healthy.'

If there is outrage produced by this story, and it apparently appears warranted, Filippa Hamilton's case should cast even more light on an article appearing in 'Mail Online' just a few short days later.

"Toymaker releases Michelle Obama doll to do battle in the shops with action figure of her husband"

Jason Feinberg of Jailbreak Toys admits 'his target audience for the new doll is not children but adults 'who collected toys as a child, who haven't lost that kind of whimsical enthusiasm.'

Obviously it is not necessary to study comparison pictures of Mrs. Obama and the Jailbreak Toys creation, to see just how much Feinberg and Ralph Lauren have in common. Both are noticeably obsessed with their character's waistline, or lack of one.

My point is this; if obsessions and fantasies of one man, Ralph Lauren, and how he presents models wearing his creations, is to be criticized and condemned, where are the 'health-minded critics' offering words of disapproval for Feinberg's slim-waisted Michelle Obama effigy representation?

Remember, Feinberg stated his target audience is adults, however in the next breath, he is saying 'he expects the Michelle figure to be popular with girls.' And of course, release of this new toy just happens to coincide with a Christmas shopping debut.

If Lauren is to be condemned for his vain displays of art, where then are the critics of Feinberg for similar misrepresentations.

Quoting Miss Hamilton, 'I think they (both) owe American women an apology, a big apology,'

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