French fashion blogger says NY women ‘pressurized’ to stay ‘thin to the brink’

Updated: Aug 18, 2011, 16:21 PM IST

London: French fashion blogger and illustrator Garance Dore has revealed how women in New York are always under pressure to maintain their ‘thin-to-the-brink’ figures quite unlike her native Paris, where women are also extremely slim.

“The women in fashion in New York, they’re not just skinny. They’re New York skinny. New York skinny means thin to the brink, yet muscly from Pilates because it gives you those super long lean muscles,” the Daily Mail quoted her as writing.

The 36-year-old, who shifted to the city last year to stay close to her fashion photographer boyfriend Scott Schumann, revealed how she had radically changed her lifestyle to stay slim after she put on massive weight.

“It’s known as the little house warming gift in NYC – Hello! Welcome! Here’s 10 pounds!” she said.

“I couldn’t get my skinny jeans to button. There, all of a sudden, I started to shut up. I stopped being smug at lunch.

“I saw it right there. I gained weight. I gained weight like I’d never gained weight before.

“That’s when I first started to understand some of the many differences between the Parisian and New York diet,” she added.

She described how a woman in NY - specifically one that works in fashion - cannot get away with a take away order every night or dining out with pals.

She also said that though Parisians are slim, they don’t dwell in extremes and are less pressurized regarding the maintenance of their figures.

“I feel like there wasn’t that same pressure in Paris. That isn’t to say that Paris is a paradise of health and self-acceptance, but just that it’s less about extremes,” she added.

ANI