Wednesday 21 March 2018

Victoria Beckham criticised for using 'sickly skinny' model in new eyewear campaign

Victoria Beckham eyewear
Victoria Beckham eyewear
Victoria Beckham eyewear

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Victoria Beckham is facing backlash for casting a "skinny" model in an advertisement for her new eyewear collection.

The former Spice Girls singer released the campaign on Thursday and it featured 29-year-old Lithuanian model Giedre Dukauskaite posing turned to the side, sporting oversized reading glasses.

"Back to work!" Beckham wrote on Instagram. "Start the year with new frames from the Spring Summer 2018 #VBEyewear collection inspired by 1970s retro classics and updated for a feathery-light, fresh and modern look."

However, after the advertisement made its rounds on social media, it was criticised by Beckham's followers.

Victoria Beckham eyewear
Victoria Beckham eyewear

"Please be responsible to impressionable aspects of your audience and use models who look healthy," one user wrote. "It's the perception that she's far too skinny for her frame but has nonetheless managed to secure such a prestigious modelling campaign that is the concerning factor here. There will be lots of girls and boys looking at this and sadly seeing skinny = successful."

One critic commented that they didn't notice the glasses because the model was "sickly skinny", while another user fumed: "And they wonder why children have complexes, shame on you @victoriabeckham."

The 43-year-old has faced backlash in the past for casting models that were considered too thin - in 2015, she defended herself over the women that walked in her runway show.

"Our casting director spoke to the (modelling) agencies, and we know that all our girls are healthy," she told The Telegraph. "They're young, they're thin, but that doesn't mean they're ill."

Beckham has not yet commented on the controversy.

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