Christie Brinkley thinks it’s time the world broke with the word ‘fattening’.
Speak with Westlake Malibu Lifestyle magazine, the model shared how the fashion industry has come a long way toward inclusion, describing a period when “young women picked up fashion magazines and felt terrible because all the models were as thin and they didn’t look like the girls who read the pages.”
Now she noted, “When you open a fashion magazine, you see people of all different ages, ethnicities, and shapes — and that representation is so important.”
Still, she said that while the industry is “moving in the right direction,” we should “keep moving forward.”
“It’s important that we stop comparing ourselves to other women,” explains Brinkley. “Everyone is unique. It’s also important that we as a society stop judging people and stop using words that are steeped in negativity. If I make certain foods fat, my daughter Sailor will say to me, ‘Mom , please don’t use that word. A more positive way of putting it is to say, ‘That food isn’t healthy for me’ or ‘It’s not going to provide me with the fuel I need.’”
Sailor, 21, has previously spoken about fighting an eating disorder Good morning America in 2020: “I grew up a little overweight and I constantly felt the weight of my excess weight on me from people who tease me and people who looked at me differently. My mother didn’t know the pain I went through when I was at my worst. ”
Brinkley’s family isn’t alone in rethinking their word choices. Earlier this month, model Coco Rocha spoke to Yahoo Life about how she doesn’t want her kids to use certain words to describe people.
“We don’t use the word ‘fat’, we don’t use the word ‘ugly’,” she said. “I really don’t want us to look at people like that. And they’ve done such a good job – sometimes even to grandparents. You know, it’s a different generation and… [they’ll say], ‘Ugh I just don’t feel the prettiest’ or ‘Ugh, I feel ugly’ and [the kids will respond]’No, no, no, Grandma, that’s not the word – you don’t use that.’”