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Let The Cat Walk

A biased media thrives on the dark image of models

Let The Cat Walk
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Let The Cat Walk
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Dirges on the fashion world have become a media neurosis. The easiest copy to write, or TV debate to run, is the kind in which judgemental speculation is passed off as fairplay. A week after her suicide, few know why exactly former model Viveka Babajee killed herself. But if you’ve been watching TV, you will conclude that models are manic-depressives who survive on Ecstasy and alcohol, party with rich boyfriends, and then kill themselves—with their stilettos on.

It is a harsh and premature obituary. Worse, it indicates misplaced paranoia about a prospering industry. To begin with, Babajee was no supermodel. Most people know her for her Kamasutra campaign, but nobody remembers the last time she was a showstopper or a cover girl. Moreover, assessing the ‘mental health’ of the fashion industry through the tragic suicides of a few models in the last decade is a flawed idea. Not one channel featured a model currently at the top, like Lakshmi Menon, a former but real supermodel like Mehr Jessia, or those senior...

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