Filippa Hamilton, who has just weathered the controversy over the unrealistic “thinning” of her body in the photos in a Japanese advertisement, is now embroiled in a second controversy via being fired by Ralph Lauren. Of all things the model might have been fired for, Filippa Hamilton told “Today” that she was fired for being “too fat.” Considering that she is 5′ 10” and weighs 120 pounds, some would say she is nearly perfect. Filippa Hamilton fits into a Size 4 and probably doesn’t have an ounce of “fat” on her healthy body, but she told Ann Curry of “Today” that, nonetheless, Ralph Lauren had fired her for being “too fat” after working for the agency for eight years.
Ralph Lauren issued a statement noting that Filippa Hamilton had been dismissed because of “an inability to meet the obligations of her contract.”
What did she do, refuse to starve herself?
On “Today,” Filippa Hamilton told Ann Curry, “They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore.” The model was released from her contract in April.
It is kind of ironic twist for the model whose most recent controversy involved an altered photo where her head was wider than her hips, an emaciated big-headed photo that was far more disturbing than it was sexy. Used in a Ralph Lauren Blue Label ad, it appeared in Japan last week and received considerable criticism for its unhealthy and unappealing image.
In their statement, Polo Ralph Lauren maintained that the Japanese photo ad was a mistake and not the approved image. “This error has absolutely no connection to our relationship with Filippa Hamilton.”
A digitally thinned version of Filippa Hamilton was issued but it had nothing to do with the model who they let go for not meeting her contractual obligations by weighing too much? Then that must be one amazing coincidence.
Filippa Hamilton told the “Today Show” that Ralph Lauren owed “American women an apology, a big apology. I’m very proud of what I look like, and I think a role model should look healthy.”
And there are many who are beginning to agree that the anorexic model look really is not that appealing. It certainly isn’t realistic.
Model Lizzie Miller became an internet sensation after her nude photo appeared in September’s Glamour magazine. The 180-pound plus-size model that wears a Size 12 generated an enormous amount of correspondence, according to Glamour.
When Kelly Clarkson appeared on the cover of Self magazine, it didn’t take long for the accusations of digital thinning of her photos to begin. When Self admitted to the retouching but hid behind the “industry standard practice” excuse, many were outraged. Most found it hypocritical, given that Clarkson had said in her Self interview that she was happy with the way she looked; it was others who had a problem with her weight.
Maybe Self and Ralph Lauren should take a look at the definition of false advertising…
“Today Show,” NBC Television