Abbey Lee Kershaw on the Pressure to Be Thin and Those Alexander McQueen Shoes


>> Not all models
seem to have a problem with the physical requirements of their job. Yesterday, the Daily Beast quoted an anonymous ex-model, who apparently in her heyday walked for Tom Ford and John Galliano, on the pressure to be super skinny: "Sure, we had to be skinny. I lived on Diet Coke and apples for two years. For the couture, we had to get up at 4 am to be sewn into the clothes and there was huge pressure to be thin. But I made a million dollars by the time I was 20, I bought a town house in Manhattan and put myself through Columbia. Does that make me a victim?"

Abbey Lee Kershaw, in an interview posted today with Australian nightly television show Today Tonight, seems to feel similarly when asked what she thinks about the pressure to be ultra-thin: "That's like asking a bodybuilder how they feel about the pressures to be incredibly muscly. An elite performer is always put under some sort of extreme pressure that the rest of society can argue, might not quite understand."

Those McQueen shoes, on the other hand »

As for turning down doing Alexander McQueen's show last season due to the shoes: "I'm hoping [the shoe heights are] going to come back down soon because . . . I mean, health and safety regulations have to come into play at some point."

And on her comfort level with nudity, Kershaw replied: "I find nudity quite imperative to the expression of fashion.  I'm quite comfortable with saying no, so I don't think I've done anything too outrageous."

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