My Opinion: Why slamming Helena is ageist and ridiculous

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’m still in some kind of sartorial shock about the ex fashion mag editor who has come out to say Helena Christensen – one of the most ‘genetically blessed’ models of our time – is ‘too old’ to wear a bustier.

Have you seen those pictures?

Helena just looks like a wonderful female, happy to be wearing something she wants to wear. It’s a simple as that. Helena has always had her own sense of style – one that is understated, natural and for probably many of us, quite enviable.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image media=”65389″ media_width_percent=”100″ alignment=”center” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sure, we all love dishing out our style judgements – me included when it comes to some questionable red carpet choices – but here we have a glorious looking woman in a simple pair of denim flares and a black lace bustier that to me, serves no purpose more than making her look mighty good.

By telling someone like Helena (a former ‘supermodel’ from the late 80s and early 90s) that she basically looks like crap in a bustier, what kind of message is that sending that to the rest of us?

The rest of us who, may be a little on the chubby side, maybe not as tall and slim as her, maybe already wrestling with body image issues? It is basically saying once you hit a certain age ‘ladies’, it’s time to cover up so no one has to see your skin or figure ever again.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image media=”65387″ media_width_percent=”100″ alignment=”center” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“We might like to think that 70 is the new 40 and 50 the new 30, but our clothes know the true story,” 61-year-old Alexandra Shulman, the former editor wrote, calling Christensen’s look “tacky” and comparing it to “the madam in a one-horse town”.

“Something you wore at 30 will never look the same on you 20 years later. Clothes don’t lie,” she added. “When women’s bodies no longer serve any child-bearing purpose, we find flaunting them disturbing and slightly tragic. I don’t claim that this is fair. But it’s true.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image media=”65390″ media_width_percent=”100″ alignment=”center” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a piece posted today on  it goes on to say that Helena was a guest at the denim themed birthday party of 24-year-old model, Gigi Hadid.

After the slapsown from Ms Schulman, it was heartening to see her runway alumni, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell both supporting Ilona and basically saying – ‘you go girl, where what you like!’[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image media=”65392″ media_width_percent=”100″ alignment=”center” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Clothes should not ever determine the person – sure, we wear them because we might think they enhance certain parts of our bosy, or they are appropriate for work, everyday or an event we are attending.

But for someone to come out and chastise a woman whose career has centered around showcasing clothes – – and has done a mighty fine job at doing it – just seems preposterous.

She looks bloody fantastic. And of course not all of us are going to look like that in a bus to you. But does it really matter? Having interviews later a few times, I know she would absolutely not give a stuff. She is a strong, articulate and wise woman and it would be water off a ducks back.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image media=”65391″ media_width_percent=”100″ alignment=”center” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]That said, who really likes to read unnecessary criticism about something that didn’t warrant criticism in the first place?

It’s just crazy.

So go forth Helena – and do and wear whatever you like.

By Melissa Hoyer[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]