Watch the following clips and read the news items about the debate on using ‘underweight’ models in fashion shows and magazines.
- BBC Radio 4 Today programme: Karl Lagerfeld (8.03 – 9.07) [Flash audio]
- BBC Women’s Hour: Size zero, Who’s to blame – Tessa Jowell [Real Media Audio]
- BBC News: Preparations for fashion week [Real Media Video]
- BBC News: Fashion show faces size debate [Real Media Video]
- BBC News: Brazil weighs in on skinny models [article]
- BBC News: Madrid bans waifs from catwalks [article]
- BBC News: Thin model row an ‘overreaction’ [article]
In groups, the pupils research the topic and come up with reasons for and against a ban on ‘size zero’ models. When all the groups have compiled their research, one member will go to the next group and sit with them for five minutes to hear about their findings and feedback their own research. They then move on to the next group. When they have visited all the other groups in the class, they can feedback to their original team.
Hold a class debate on the motion ‘Size zero models should be banned’. Ask for two speakers on each side of the debate, after their speeches, throw the debate open to the rest of the class.