Weighing in at about 2 sizes larger than her modeling peers, blonde mannequin du jour Lara Stone is, according to industry standards, hefty. “People still tell me I’m fat, but when I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see," she tells Vogue.com in the January 2010 issue (on newsstands December 22). Not that her curves have come in the way of a skyrocketing career. She has walked in almost every major show, including Marc Jacobs and Balmain, and landed lucrative ad campaigns for the likes of Givenchy. “Lara Stone has a gorgeous women’s body,” affirms fan Karl Lagerfeld.
While the bulk (so to speak) of women would kill for Stone's fabulous proportions, it's all relative if the competition is a landscape of zeros.
“It’s depressing when the clothes don’t fit and you are always the odd one out…I was on a shoot last week and the stylist took out this tight corset dress and said, ‘Here, put it on,’ and I was like, ‘Who are you kidding?’ There was no way, so that was very rude of her," continues Stone. "It’s like, come on, she’s a woman; whether you’re buying jeans at the mall, or wearing couture, you know what it’s like for clothes not to fit. It’s not an easy kind of rejection, because it’s very personal. It’s you, your body. You take it to heart.”
And, just like many of us, Stone resorted to unsuccessful attempts at dieting, exercise...and measures more drastic. "I even tried pills, but they made my heart race." Stone then started drinking during the day to "get through" and nobody in the business even noticed. "I was waking up shaking, I couldn’t do anything until I had a drink. I hated it. I didn’t like the person I became. Plus, I was looking like absolute shit, waking up with a swollen red face, pimples everywhere.”
Human hangers may look good on a catwalk and in "artsy" fashion editorials, but in the real world, the truth is that most of us - and what we're wearing - look more desirable sporting a few female curves. "Sometimes I’ll call in a piece, it will arrive, and I‘ll think, Why did I think I liked that? Then I’ll remember, oh, because Lara wore it," notes Virginia Smith, Fashion Market Editor of Vogue. "Lara makes clothes look good. It’s refreshing to see her come down the runway. "
For the full "Hello, Gorgeous" article, check out Vogue.com.
- Lesley Scott
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