Exercise 17: Text 1
Key idea: Ms Reston recommends a change to the BMI rules to protect models on the catwalk.
Argument basis: She bases her argument on her personal experience and seeks to challenge the stereotypical mindset of young models who are influenced by the unfair/stringent BMI rules.
At the core of her proposal, lies a criticism of an industry that is shamefully exploiting the models.
Quotes (contextualise, and analyse)
- Reston’s reference to the fact that Anna is like so many girls who “thought they could only get work if they were skinny” reflects the models’ typically vulnerable and dangerous mindset. (to alarm parents)
- From a parental perspective, Ms Reston gives an example of the struggle she faced when she “begged her .. to eat” and have a healthy diet.
- She heart-renderingly describes her painful loss when she states “all I have left is a photo”.
- St depicts her daughter’s confused mindset in the direct quote: “mummy don’t mess me around”.
Adopting a poignantly jarring tone, Ms Reston recommends a change to the BMI rules to protect models on the catwalk. She bases her viewpoint on her parental experience and seeks to alarm all those parents who have daughters in the industry about the stereotypical mindset that leads to harm. For example, her reference to the fact that girls like Anna typically “thought they could only get work if they were skinny” reflects the models’ vulnerable and dangerous mindset. That such attitudes are difficult to dislodge is evident in the daughter’s direct quote: “Mummy don’t mess me around”. Accordingly, Ms Reston sears the heart of all mothers when she refers to her inevitable painful loss and the fact that “all I have left is a photo”. This is designed to jolt all parents out of their complacent attitude that their daughters are adequately protected on the catwalk. She hopes that all stakeholders will campaign against the reckless BMI rules that exploit the models and fail to care.