Freja also released this personal message urging fellow models to donate a day’s salary on Oct. 4 to support the work of Doctors Without Borders around the world.
When I saw this image I immediately thought it was about anorexia and eating disorders. I focused on her emaciated-looking arms, and thought how sad it was to see her starving and malnourished to be thought of as beautiful, for attention.
Then I read the caption again, and I was confused by the sheer number of anorexia sufferers. I wondered what sort of victim of anorexia could have the self-awareness to participate in such a campaign. Certainly none that I’ve known.
So I read the description more closely, and learned that this is actually about people starving from a shortage of food, not from self-inflicted malnourishment. People are trying to help other people with this; a commendable program, yet I’m still confused by the image. Is the model here to bring minor-celebrity attention, to highlight an industry campaign, or for irony?