Purushu's award winning fashion blog was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design at NIFT New Delhi. At the age of 19, he was invited by FDCI to write official show reviews at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Following a stint as menswear designer at Future Group (Lee Cooper), Mumbai in 2013, he relocated to Chennai where he continued blogging and wrote guest columns for The Hindu. In 2017, Purush Arie launched India's first exclusive gender neutral fashion e-commerce. Purushu spoke about gender neutral revolution through fashion at TEDxChennai in March 2018.

Being a MODEL is not so GLAMOROUS

A lot is being written about Thylane Blondeau, the 10yr old model with pouty red lips, bouffant hair, and sparkling eyes looks like a seasoned professional. She looked stunning in the French Vogue cover. The young model’s editorial shoot which included a topless shot sparked yet another controversy in the fashion world.

10yr old Thylane.
How glamorous is the profession in real? After all, being a model is not so easy.


 They are too thin.
Or they are too fat.
They are too young.
They wear weird clothes.
And give weird pose next to a shit pot!
They are mostly photoshopped (her waist is smaller than the size of her head!)
And are overly exposed.
Last but not the least, they have to deal with these ‘occasional’ wardrobe malfunctions.


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  • August 20, 2011

    Good blog post!! Really cool!!!

  • August 20, 2011

    Hey! Thank you 🙂

  • August 20, 2011

    Amusing post! I enjoyed it.

  • August 22, 2011

    While this can easily be rendered amusing, I don't think you should make light of the situation. Emaciated models die, underage girls are under extreme pressure to lose weight and can end up seriously messed up in the head and insecure after constantly being told to alter themselves and become an unrealistic and unachievable perfect (not to mention the countless number of girls and women affected who don't work as models, half of them end up broke indebted to their agencies and literally broken after failing to achieve the Gisele dream that they are told (lied to) they can accomplish, and last but certainly not least young girls are prostituted or endure horrible experiences that many can not cope with. Also model suicide is common. These things are not funny at all.

  • August 24, 2011

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    While I understand the slant of your post and I did find it amusing, I must say I have to agree with The Editor. There is a darker side to fashion that is not just not glamorous; it kills people. And I think it's shocking that a ten year old is on the cover of Vogue. I am sorry but that is just plain wrong in my mind.

    bonita of Depict This!
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  • August 24, 2011

    Well said. As sad as the situation is it's nice to look at it in a lighter air. I like your work 🙂

    xo http://www.veritableally.net

  • August 24, 2011

    @editor. Hmm. It's a very serious and sensitive topic. And i disagree with you when you say I am making light of the situation. Why don't you take it as creating awareness about the situation???

    @ally. thanks!

  • August 25, 2011

    Yeah… and becoming a millionare and being desired by millions of men & worshipped by women sucks too…

  • August 25, 2011

    I'm not trying to step on any toes, but this is an outside perspective that I don't think is fully accurate. While I don't condone modeling under a certain age, if Thylane wants it and her parents are willing to put in what it takes, then that's her decision and she apparently does not consider herself too young.

    As for the models dealing with malnutrition, there are so many perfectly healthy successes (just look at Karlie Kloss and Jessica Stam) and the industry itself has even taken measures in that direction to reduce the number of unhealthy models. I'm not saying it isn't an issue and I'm not saying when it IS an issue, the model is at fault. Of course I'm not. There's unspeakable pressure that the industry, while attempting to alleviate, doesn't work in all cases. And for a person to get to the point of near-death BECAUSE of that pressure is no laughing matter. But to say there's only the poles of extremely underweight or "overweight" I don't think is accurate.

    Modeling CAN be glamorous, it can be beautiful, and it can be fun. But I believe it's one of those "are what you make it" deals in which it's up to the individual model to go in with a healthy body, a right state of mind, and a strong will to know when a line is being crossed. If people can pay more attention and recognize that side of the industry, maybe modeling will be looked upon more favorably.

  • August 30, 2011

    hahaha! poor girl! loved ur post!

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