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'Models of Perfection' by Lauren David Peden

That is the lure of The Fashion Body: it speaks to our innate desire for transformation; our longing to shed our own mundane, prosaic skin (and lives) and inhabit a figure - and future - full of promise and possibility.
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Lauren David Peden addresses the idea of the Fashion Body head-on in this week's first essay - namely the intimidation felt when a 'normal' body encounters a 'fashion' body. Peden argues, however, that this need not be the case: indeed, her own encounter with the airbrushed perfection of the fashion body in the flesh proved a liberating and even exhilarating experience, as this profoundly personal and revealing essay proves.