Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Vine’


Sunday, September 11th, 2016

anorexic-chicIn spite of last season’s proclamations, there appears to be a return to anorexic chic on New York Fashion Week’s runways.  Case in point is Victoria Beckham’s 2017 spring/summer show (above), where emaciated teenaged models wore clothes which only accentuated their frail figures.  According to Sarah Vine, whose scathing editorial appeared in the Daily Mail, “despite the occasional hype about this or that plus-sized model, regular attempts by the industry to encourage a more normal-sized aesthetic are mere window dressing. Truth is, most designers are incorrigible: they would sooner be spotted in last season’s trousers than send a single curve down the runway.”

What happened to the uptick in plus-sized models featured or even starring in mainstream fashion campaigns?  And what about France’s new laws enacted to help “curb anorexia rates and promote healthier body images”?  As you may recall, one even required models to present a doctor’s certificate of health prior to walking the catwalk; another required magazines and advertisements to to post “touched up” on photoshopped campaigns   Vine explains, “To be taken at all seriously in the cut-throat world of high fashion — the world of tiny A-listers and stick-thin fashion editors such as Anna Wintour — you have to be skin and bones.”


Monday, September 7th, 2015
The Daily Mail recently expounded on the multiple beauty benefits of ketchup in response to columnist’s, Sarah Vine’s, report that the tomato-based condiment is an excellent toner for sun-bleached and chlorinated blonde hair (in that the “redness” from tomatoes combats the green copper sulphate contained in pool cleaners).  The Mail’s Tessa Cunningham further tested out the tasty sauce for its efficacy as a facial mask, hair conditioner, and even a silver jewelry cleaner.
FACIAL MASK:  Cunningham explains that because tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful, vitamin-rich antioxidant known to heal burns (think: sun damage) and boost the production of collagen, applying a tomato puree or juice to the skin as a mask is an effective healing agent.  However, plain ketchup won’t deliver the same benefits — vinegar, a chief ingredient, is actually an acidic drying agent.
HAIR CONDITIONER:  The acidity of tomatoes naturally makes the hair cuticle lay flat, giving it a glossier appearance.  However, those same acids can potentially irritate the scalp and cause dandruff.
SILVER JEWELRY CLEANER:  Silver tarnish or silver oxide is caused by the interaction between silver and hydrogen sulfides.  The acidity of both tomatoes and vinegar is particularly effective at removing copper oxide (a helpful kitchen fact). While ketchup won’t remove the silver oxide found in most silver jewelry, it will clean Sterling silver accessories, which contains a significant amount of copper.