Allie Crandell has been told she can no longer model for fashion retail Web site Revolve until she puts on weight.
After Crandell appeared on the site modelling clothes by BCBG Max Azria, complaints poured in. "As a normal, healthy woman with a healthy body type," wrote one shopper, "how can I possibly imagine what this dress would look like on me when it is shown on an emaciated frame?"
Crandell's arms look bony and sinewy in the pictures, and her waist is impossibly small.
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Revolve said they won't feature Crandell until she gains weight. The site issued a statement saying, "We are working closely with both the model and her agent to get her to a healthier size. She won't be appearing in any of our new product batches or in any of our fashion editorial photos moving forward until the issue is adequately addressed. We have been attempting to respect the privacy of the model in question while dealing with the issue on our end."
The painfully thin model also appeared on MTV reality show "The City," a spin-off of "The Hills," in which Whitney Port works for fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg and a PR company. Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone told Crandell she was too thin, and Crandell claimed she ate healthily.
It does appear that Crandell is unhealthily underweight - her head looks too large for her body, and her arms are like sticks. If this really is the state of her body when she eats normally, perhaps she should try eating a diet that's richer in healthy fats and protein, just to put on a few more pounds. The commenter above was right - it's impossible for a normal-sized woman to see what a dress will look like on her when someone so thin is modelling it. And it almost goes without saying that featuring such an emaciated model means promoting distorted body images for women.