By Emily Dugan
Sunday, 27 December 2009
The days of designers forcing models to teeter on catwalks in towering heels could be over as three leading models have rebelled against wearing the latest 12in platforms. Abbey Lee Kershaw and her colleagues Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova refused to take part in Alexander McQueen's latest show because his signature shoes were too high.
Ever since Naomi Campbell's dramatic catwalk tumble in 1994, the soaring height of heels has been a source of controversy. McQueen's latest stilt-like creations known as "armadillos" are three inches higher than the Vivienne Westwood platforms that toppled Campbell. The lobster-claw shaped shoes are so high that models were concerned they might not leave the catwalk with their ankles or reputations intact.
Kershaw and her colleagues met earlier this year and agreed not to appear in McQueen's show because they had "work safety" concerns about the height of his shoes. When his spring/summer collection was exhibited in October there were three notable faces missing: Kershaw, Poly and Pivovarova.....
....Ellie Levenson, author of The Noughtie Girl's Guide to Feminism, said: "I think their refusal to wear these shoes is quite a feminist move, in that feminism is about having the confidence to say no. Designers do influence what women wear and I think it's irresponsible to encourage women to wear excessive and dangerous clothing."ORIGINAL ARTICLE