Better to be thin than fat, says model

NATALIE REILLY
Last updated 12:29 24/04/2012
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ROLE MODEL: Natalia Vodianova has said it's better to be skinny than fat.

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Damn that British Vogue executive fashion director Calgary Avansino and her leading questions!

Model Natalia Vodianova was one of a number of high profile types at The British Vogue Festival, which according to the website, is meant to be "a unique event where you can see and hear some of the biggest names in the fashion industry".

Sounds fairly innocuous, right? Until Avansino asked her "It's undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner than 99.9 percent of the population. What message should you be sending out?"

Vodianova's response?

"Come on, guys, it's better to be skinny than to be fat! We eat well, we exercise - please, do the same and you will look like this."

We assume Natalia, 30, was referring to her own body when she said the above? According to Wikipedia Natalia is 1.76 metres tall and weighs 50 kilograms.

"I'm sorry, but today the NHS [Britain's National Health Service] are fighting against obesity, children are taken away from their parents because they're too fat ... And here we are, defending that we are healthy and skinny."

Vodianova, a mother of three, also spoke about her weight after pregnancy

"I must say I actually came to [an event at] the V&A after giving birth to [my son] Victor, three days later, and I was wearing Givenchy Couture."

What do you think? Is it better to be skinny or fat?

- Daily Life

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