The New York Post announced in an article, that apparently ‘Heroin Chic’ is back in fashion and women everywhere have kicked back hard.
The title certainly laid the bait as my social media feed became filled with angry posts at the disgust of the title of this article.
The article itself actually wasn’t that bad. It highlights some of the dangers that this trend had back in the 90s when it was first coined in reference to many ultra-skinny models, with Kate Moss leading the way for this look.
But the title had already pissed a lot of people off and they got pretty angry at the New York Post for publishing such a triggering title.
The phrase ‘Heroin Chic’ was originally associated with model Gia Carangi, who used heroin and died of AIDS in 1986.
The New York Post cover image, see’s the Kardashians leading the way. Once renowned for their bootylicious butts, now looking svelt and slight. How many people are now wow’ing at how amazing they look and doing everything they can to follow suit, despite how miserable it may make them in the process?
It was only recently I wrote an article on how Hollywood stars such as the Kardashians are rumoured to be achieving their super skinny status. What you see in the media is very far apart from what actually goes on behind closed doors.
Most of the reactions I have seen to the title of this article are women who seem pretty disgusted.
Those that have suffered from eating disorders in the past came to share their distaste, but there are just as many saying how amazing these women are looking.
There were many issues with the 90’s skinny trends and eating disorders likely at an all-time high, though we didn’t talk about things like that back then.
Mum influencer and model Louise Boyce shared her experience as a 15-year-old model back then and how it started her own development of an eating disorder which caused her to quit the modelling industry in order to prioritise her health.
I think it’s a sign of how far we have come that so many people are calling this out.
There are so many issues with this article and its triggering title, where to even start?
Glorification of drug addiction — since when was it considered cool to be a heroin addict? I thought it was just a life-shattering drug that so many people never are able to get off. Many people turn to drugs because they want to escape the life and emotions that they cannot handle in the real world. Is this really something to aspire to? I must also add, I have never once looked at a heroin addict and thought ‘wow they are looking good, I need to get me some of what they are having’ Maybe that’s just me?
Skinny Regardless Of Health — The title also suggests that skinny is preferred over health, is skinny at all costs mantra coming back? This is what becomes the most damaging as young girls are easily influenced by ‘trends’ and can have a total disregard for their natural body shape or size. Not all bodies are the same and whilst some naturally lean people can look this way, others may not no matter how hard they try.
I have to agree with Jamila Jamil on this one, who took to social media to state:
“OUR BODIES ARE NOT TRENDS. SAY IT WITH ME. I’m starting Not Hungry Chic. Happy Chic. F*** off Chic? Anything but this.”
We are not doing this again, heroin chic, you can f*ck off!
We don’t have to conform to the rules of ‘trends’ and you certainly don’t have to make yourself miserable or a drug addict in the process.
I will always say this… above all else focus on health.
Health that is supportive both physically and mentally.
Work on loving yourself first and take care of your body from a space of self-care.
We have seen the extremes of the body positivity movement glorifying obesity, and now this at the opposite end of the scale. Both are pretty toxic and damaging.
I don’t want to be at either end of these trends, they can both fuck off!
You will continue to find me here in the middle, being pretty average, working on my health and allowing myself to love my body wobbles, cellulite and all.
Working to expand my life, my happiness and not just being concerned with shrinking my waistline.
I’d love to know what you think about this title and the so-called ‘trend’ how does it sit with you?
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