Earlier this week I re-posted an article from PLUS Model Magazine on the Facebook page that is written by Terri, the plus size client featured on the “Fix My Friend” episode of Project Runway. Reading her account of what happened while on the show shocked and hurt me deeply; to think a show I actually enjoy watching (when I have cable) could bash someone of a different shape and size was abhorring. Then I got a comment on the post saying not to blame the show – that they didn’t condone Ven Budhu (the designer)’s actions. So I decided to finally find the episode online and watch it for myself.
To say my initial response changed is an understatement – I am more shocked and hurt than ever on just a female perspective. First I keep hearing Ven say “I’ve never designed for a real woman;” what did he mean by REAL? Are some of us optical illusions or hoaxes? Last I checked we are all living, breathing human beings.
Then to hear his comments to Terri pissed me off, I can’t find any nicer way to say it. If it was me I would have stopped the whole show and told him off in the first 5 minutes and gotten Tim Gunn and all the other producers right then and there to take action. The fact that before the runway Terri and her friend DID stand up and tell him he was being rude made me feel slightly better.
To the other contestants and judges: while you didn’t condone his behavior you also didn’t stop or penalize him. You actually found his design and actions good enough to allow him to continue in the competition! And the other contestants talked about Ven behind his back saying they hated how he was treating his client – but they didn’t do anything about it!! Why didn’t one of them stop him? Say something after Terri left? Stop the show and put him in his place right then? Just because they didn’t agree with how he was acting didn’t stop the fact that this injustice occurred. Talking but doing nothing is still DOING NOTHING.
I applaud Terri and her friend for standing up to this creep on and now off the show. You are doing all the rest of us women (plus size and other) proud! Don’t let someone like that deter you from dressing, looking and FEELING fabulous – at ANY size.
Please check out Marie Denee’s article at The Curvy Fashionista as well – her’s inspired me to write mine!