November 18, 2011

Donatella Versace Nixes Real Women As Models For H&M Line

If you are the size of an average person then forget about being photographed in Donatella Versace's H&M collection where you look like you got everything from the "ethnic" section of Fabric Land. That's okay, you can come with me to the grocery store's "ethnic" section to pick out my next bag of rice (seriously, I'm out). As Daily News report:

… The H&M publicist initially explained by email that the “Model New Yorkers” photo feature could probably not go forward because Versace had to approve “anyone who wears the collection for press” — and, she added, “Donatella will likely not approve shooting the collection on real women.” 

She was right. When the Daily News writer organizing the shoot sent the publicist photos of two of the three women he wanted to use — all recent college graduates who work in the city — the answer came back that only one was acceptable. 

Yea yea yea, I understand that Donatella is being unreasonable as H&M sell stuff for people of all sizes. And yea, I also understand that Donatella has a vision for her collection and to alter it is to change her collection’s image, which then wouldn’t be Versace. It's just a bit hard to take someone seriously when their face has less moving parts than a vacuum cleaner.

And if you’re Canadian, check out H&M’s Versace collection launching in stores tomorrow.

{pictures via H&M}