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Cassi Van Den Dungen Looks Very Thin Indeed.

OK so it is very predictable when fashion week is on to get stories about how thin some of the models are and this time it is about Australia’s Next Top Model favourite Cassi Van Den Dungen on the receiving end of these rumours.

Cassi Van Den DungenShe has responded by posing photos of food on her social media accounts.

The Daily Telegraph states that Jackie Frank the Editor of Marie Claire was so shocked that she rang her agent, who said she was fine.

But I think those arms show the full story.



1 Helena { 04.08.14 at 5:05 pm }

yikes! – that is very thin – her legs in particular

2 Georgie { 04.08.14 at 5:16 pm }

She appears haunted – not at all attractive. Hard to understand why anyone would choose to look like that.

3 Culinary Boner { 04.08.14 at 5:23 pm }

‘Fashion industry = Misogyny central’ in my opinion.

Prissy, self important women and gay blokes bossing a bunch of young underweight women around, creating self-loathing.

‘Metalocalypse’ nailed the parasitic industry with its extreme, but funny, parody of Karl Lagerfeld, Eric von Wiechlinghammer –

4 daisy { 04.08.14 at 5:39 pm }

This week on Britain and Irelands NTM, they chose a girl who was ‘ill’ over slim/skinny more atractive (imo) girl, saying “We don’t want to promote this” but did it anyway.
Using girls like this, they might as well be selling tobacco.
People should have got up and left the show.

5 daisy { 04.08.14 at 5:44 pm }

This girl is so obviously sick, but they put her on the run way. It has to be criminal. What would it take for them to be charged?
What is the name of the designer? I’ll make sure I DON’T wear his/her clothes. Shame on you.

6 daisy { 04.08.14 at 5:50 pm }

Her organs have already probably begun shutting down.

It’s amazing that she could walk without passing out. This really needs to be illegal, like human trafficking.

7 brain dead dave { 04.08.14 at 6:01 pm }

Gives a whole new meaning to ‘skeleton staff’ and ‘starving for attention’…

8 Sandii { 04.08.14 at 6:21 pm }

I must be really out of touch if people think that this thin body is attractive. I just don’t understand it. Daisy I won’t buy my daughter abercrombie and fitch because they say they only want to market to ” cool attractive people”, or some bullshit like that and I don’t want to support that mentality. It sends a bad message to young girls.

9 WHY { 04.08.14 at 7:08 pm }

Aren’t those ingested orange juice soaked cotton balls, give you all the nutrients and vitamins you’ll ever need? Wow, she looks the epitome of health – not. By her expression she’s obviously day dreaming of the last time she ate – in 2006!

10 Anonymous { 04.08.14 at 7:41 pm }

This is from the Alex Perry catwalk, for those interested.

11 Dr T { 04.08.14 at 8:04 pm }

I think it is in Israel where they need to have a doctor’s certificate confirming that they have a BMI of at least 18.5 in order to work

12 Reality Raver { 04.08.14 at 8:32 pm }

Cassi was naturally very thin but in a healthy way when she was on ANTM and even when she first came back from having her child. But this is way beyond that.

13 daisy { 04.08.14 at 9:06 pm }

Thanks anonymous@10. No Alex Perry for me.

Sounds good DrT. Using these girls should be a criminal offence here too. This girl should be in hospital. Shame on you Alex Perry and any one else responsible for using this girl’s illness to make money. They are no better than drug pushers.

14 Georgie2 { 04.08.14 at 9:43 pm }

One of the designers interviewed said something like “no one ever goes up to a fat person, and says you’re so fucking fat!”Why can they say that to us about the models, it’s discrimination” Of course he was an ugly shit, that would never qualify as a model.

15 daisy { 04.08.14 at 9:50 pm }

Georgie, they are missing the point. My problem is not about the aesthetics of this girl. I wouldn’t care is she looked gorgeous. The point is she is killing herself and they are milking it.
And I also think that designer is wrong. I am pretty sure fat people cop a lot of flack and are discriminated against even more. People used to tell me I was skinny all the time, but it was prefaced with “You are so lucky”. I wasn’t anorexic thin though. Just the normal skinny of someone born in the 50s and raised in the 60s.

16 Chrissie { 04.08.14 at 10:05 pm }

Designers say they have to use skinny models as they only make sample sizes to limit fabric use blah blah….but you can’t tell me the likes of Alex Perry and other big designers nowadays can’t afford a few extra centimetres of material!! Sure, each girl is responsible for herself but the designers need to also take a stand. Seriously, its just ridiculous. I’m with you Daisy – boycott sounds good.

And it’s not the same as calling someone fat, as she is beyond just skinny – it’s a health issue. But if she won’t eat for her health, perhaps vanity – as wow, does it age her beyond her years.

Sad :(

17 Georgie2 { 04.08.14 at 10:10 pm }

Thin is fine, we come in all shapes and sizes, and that makes life interesting as long as you are healthy, who cares? The designers have a distorted vision and they an inflated opinion of there value to the world. The health of the models is low on thier list.

18 Dr T { 04.08.14 at 10:34 pm }

Watch the ad – it’s in Hebrew, but there are pictures of models alongside those of Holocaust victims

19 daisy { 04.08.14 at 10:56 pm }

Thanks DrT. That was so tragic. I am going to follow that up.

20 Zhee { 04.09.14 at 3:34 am }

Wow, her face has lost really all of its appeal. Thin/skinny is fine as long as it doesn’t look sick – and Cassie seems to look very unhealthy. Sad thing, especially because she has a child.

Dr. T, there are also tons of “Thinspo” sites. Pro mia and Pro ana…

When I was still attending uni I wrote a big essay about that topic. I stumbled across the Pro ana sites and thinspos and it took me right in. I spent hours reading their blogs and forums and the worst thing I encountered was a thinspo thread where one of the girls posted a pic taken during WW2 showing a concentration camp victim and some other girl wrote something like “That’s perfect, look at how beautiful her bones look like”. I am usually quite cynical but I couldn’t put that into such a category as those girls really believed in what they posted.
To be honest I felt kind of bad exploiting the disease for an essay at uni but in the end it was something I dealt with in the past and I thought (while studying to become a teacher) I will have to deal with it later as well.

21 Lebay { 04.09.14 at 4:18 am }

Georgie2 #14. As a huge fattie, let me tell you people come up to me a lot and tell me I’m too fucking fat… Although, those comments are generally flying at me from a car full of bogans. The less said about the rest of the discrimination the better. I am a big believer in ‘each to their own’ and accepting people for who they are but this makes me uneasy. She is basically a skeleton with skin. Yes, she has food, but none opened/eaten. This is a classic eating disorder sign right there.

22 Zhee { 04.09.14 at 9:07 am }

Just found that one – as this girl caused some controversy in media as well:

23 Andrea { 04.09.14 at 9:20 am }

Poor girl, she really has a problem, she needs to get well for the sake of her child.

24 Culinary Boner { 04.09.14 at 9:36 am }

Zhee@20, the situation with the US Biggest Loser girl going from from obese to underweight and then getting her weight into balance is a nice positive.

Chrissie@16, the male fashion nazi designers always trot out some lame excuse for using starved skeletal women with figures like boys when the underlying reason is more Freudian in that they are simply subliminally channeling their desire to be surrounded by twinks. Why so many boyish shaped models? None of it makes sense from a heterosexual male perspective.

25 brain dead dave { 04.09.14 at 9:41 am }

Alex Perry admits he was wrong but he’s getting some on screen publicity for it and is all over morning television on 9 today. He doesn’t appear too upset, claiming that Parisian models are even thinner.

Sickening that Ch 9 is now exploiting the Hey Dad story after people high up on the food chain there kept silent about what was going on off set for years.

26 Jason { 04.09.14 at 10:42 am }

BDD: I think Channel 9 is doing the Hey Dad story as the show was originally screened on Channel 7.

27 Littlepetal { 04.09.14 at 10:55 am }

Alex Perry got his name in the papers. At least he made the right decision not to associate his brand with Lara Bingle.

28 Sandii { 04.09.14 at 11:24 am }

Culinary Boner @ 24, that was an excellent comment / observation. You are probably spot on about the designer wanting the models to look like boys….. very interesting ! I cant imagine any red blooded man wanting his partner to be that thin.

29 brain dead dave { 04.09.14 at 12:56 pm }

Thanks Jason, it makes sense that’s happening now. ACA will have a few of the cast on tonight. I’ve never seen Hey Dad.

30 daisy { 04.09.14 at 4:08 pm }

I would rather have Lara Bingle on the cw any day than capitalize on a girl dying.
AP can’t dig himself out of this imo.

31 cam2 { 04.09.14 at 6:05 pm }

@ daisy, cassi’s also walked for dion lee and toni maticevski this week.

32 daisy { 04.09.14 at 6:18 pm }

Cam2, I have to confess that my boycott threats are a bit lame as I don’t wear expensive designer clothes. But I am so disgusted that I will go check out that site Dr T put up. These people have no heart if they can send these girls.

33 Culinary Boner { 04.09.14 at 6:29 pm }

In protest I will continue to buy all my clothes at Lowes.
What’s good enough for Sirro, the Big Marn and Tezza is surely good enough for the rest of us blokes.

34 daisy { 04.09.14 at 7:28 pm }

Sorry, the phone rang @ 32. It was Alex Perry begging me to wear his clothes.

35 Reality Raver { 04.09.14 at 7:29 pm }

If reports are true that Peaches Geldolf may have died because she was on a juice diet ie it caused an electrolyte imbalance the models might start eating.

36 Zhee { 04.09.14 at 8:48 pm }

@ CB, 24, I think that BL Rachel is a good example of how much better some “meat” looks on a person. Her face was looking awful during the reveal of her weight loss, but 8 kilos more and she’s looking fantastic, especially facially.

I don’t know why so many aspire to become thin/skinny. Healthy weight should be sufficient enough, especially when you consider that bodies come in all sizes and shapes. Some women aren’t made for being skinny. Some are and look beautiful. But that’s how they are “meant to be”. Starving ages and especially shows in the face.
In France it’s extreme, or I might better say, in the Parisian area. They all are so skinny and if you are not you are fat (even doctors call you fat for being at a normal weight and not petite and fragile). I always feel bad when I’m at the supermarket and put my cheese, vegetables, fruits (no sweets, my only downfall is yummy chocolate which I compensate with 70% or above cacao. Sucks, but well, if not a would be bigger) and other stuff up and the woman infront of me only has rice crackers and the woman behind me only buys noodles and some paprikas plus maybe a foie gras pate.

37 Dr T { 04.09.14 at 10:54 pm }

Alex Perry realises he is a dick and promises to take those stupid sunnies off his head (sadly it doesn’t say that in the article, I was reading between the lines).

I really… really… really don’t get the fashion industry. But I really enjoyed that documentary on it from a few years ago, what was it called? That’s right, Zoolander “Throwing up is a great way to lose weight before a show!”

38 daisy { 04.09.14 at 11:19 pm }

@37 Thanks Dr T. “Voluntary code of conduct”. Ha ha ha. Perhaps we can get rid of traffic police and have a voluntary code of conduct on the road too.

And Alex Perry is a dick. And a dag.

39 Eliza { 04.11.14 at 1:14 am }

I remember Cassi from the show too, RR and she really looks unhealthy now rather than naturally thin. You can generally tell when someone goes beyond their natural ‘thin zone’ and she sadly looks like she is just not ‘there’ anymore.

I thought that designers also liked them thin because they say that the clothes hang well off a thin body.. Like a walking coat hanger. I always feel as though it also gives the clothing an ellusiveness.. Designers don’t want ‘real’ women as that would make their clothing feel too attainable! Who wants that?! They don’t want a body to change the way that a garment looks, they want it to just hang their which makes no sense really as the best clothing is able to be flattering to the body. This all furthers the idea that skinny is powerful/in control as only these thin women are able to wear the ‘best’ fashion. We are meant to look up to them.

As someone who has struggled/struggles with eating/body dismorphia issues I think it would be terribly hard for her to get out of the vicious cycle she must be in while being in the fashion industry where extreme skinniness seems to be the goal and way to get booked still by many designers.

40 daisy { 04.11.14 at 1:39 am }

The pressure is on all of us to be slim, firm and beautiful at any age. It’s all about what is healthiest for me now. There’s a lot I would do differently if I could do it over.
Like wearing good insteps in my shoes to suport my feet. Especially having done ballet.

41 Shane { 04.14.14 at 8:53 am }

Sandii @28, what kind of colour do you think homosexual men have?

42 Glenn van Nijevelt { 06.16.14 at 2:37 am }

Fashion is in the business of selling beauty and luxury. Beauty, above all, is about mathematical proportion. Unless you are a Giacometti bronze work; There is nothing proportionally correct about a walking 6′-0″ tall bones. It is, actually, the antithesis of beauty, which is ugliness.

The degree of attractiveness in a woman’s body is measured by her hip-to-waist ratio, measured un-corseted. And that ratio is ranging between 0.68 to 0.72, no more, no less, with 0.7 on-the-dot is considered perfect.

Breast size matter less.

Body size matters even less.

For example;
a) Queen Nefertiti, who graced the earth with her presence 4000 years ago, was a tiny woman of size US2 (UK6, FR34) with small breast, most probably size cup A.

b) Marilyn Monroe would be today’s size US 6 (UK10, FR38) with ample breast of size Cup D

c) Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen were (and still are) wear size US 6 (UK 10, FR38), with breast cups ranging from A for Christy to C for Helena.

d) For a non-model type (read: short and plumb): Beyoncé. At 5′-6″ shoe-less; she is a perfect size US 8 (UK 10, FR 40)

d) Twiggy on her heydays when she was 20 years old: Size US 2 (UK 6; FR 34)

The common trait of all the above women? Their Waist-to-Hip Ratio. They are all in possession of those perfect numbers between 0.68 and 0.72, un-corseted.

Below is the run down.

Cindy Crawford:
Waist: 26″; Hips: 36.5″
Christy Turlington:
Waist: 25″; Hips: 36.5″
Naomi Campbell:
Waist: 26″; Hips 36″
Kate Moss:
Waist: 24″; Hips: 35″
Adriana Lima:
Waist: 25.5″; Hips: 36″

All those women, and many other women who don’t happen to be famous, or so self-absorbed with their appearance, are the testament that physical beauty is about proportion, and nothing else.
I am really sorry, but you, Miss van den Dungen, is proportionally very, very ugly. You might be clever and very kind hearted, and super talented, but you are physically very unattractive.

43 Helena { 06.16.14 at 10:36 am }

ouch Glenn 😮 fortunately beauty is in the eye of the beholder