Tuesday, June 12, 2007
We all know the risks of smoking and we all know its a complete no-no as far as your health is concerned, but as much as anti smoking charities may try, cigarettes won't lose their glamourous assosiations.
Think back to iconic images of famous fashionistas smoking and who springs to mind? Coco Chanel. Kate Moss. Marlene Dietrich. Is it any wonder that its been one of the ultimate chic fashion accessories over the last century?
Take a look above right, would these images or people, be as cool and effective without the little white baby in view?
A look at backstage photos from any fashion show would reveal models swapping spinach leaves for an extra nutricious pack of fags. Smoking has been a part of fashion for decades, yet today, in the modern society we live in, and now that we are completely clued up on the health implications, is it still OK?
Should young people be allowed to grow up flicking through fashion magazine editorals featuring models lighting up?
In the UK, cigarette and tobacco adverts have been banned for a long time (although things are different in some other parts of the world) and many countries have even introduced smoking bans, so should featuring top models
"Welcome to My World" for W Magazine, March 2007
and celebrities smoking across the pages of our fashion bibles be a thing of the past, too? Or is it stupid to scrap the glamourous connotations of smoking, if we know the risks anyway?