Is Heroin Chic back? Oh, I really hope not…

heroin chic

So I was doing this blog post for ADCO about a design group that recently redesigned Vogue’s website, and ran across the above image.


Wikipedia says Heroin Chic went away in 1999 with the arrival of the über-healthy Gisele Bündchen. As Jake Barnes said to Lady Brett Ashley, it would be pretty to think so. Very pretty, in this case.

But that girl in the middle of the picture above looks way, way worse than the illustration of Heroin Chic that Wikipedia provides.

Maybe this is something else. Walker Chic, perhaps, in the “Walking Dead” sense? In any case, this is a terrible thing for the world, especially for girls who see such images held up as something to emulate. (Not that it’s all that great for them to be expected to look like Gisele Bündchen, either. But at least she looks alive…)

5 thoughts on “Is Heroin Chic back? Oh, I really hope not…

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        Maybe so, but I’m not scared to say that one in the middle looks HORRIBLE. And it’s deliberate. They’ve made her look worse than she would look walking down the street — it seems that her makeup person was deliberately giving her a dead-fish look. Compare her coloration to the makeup on the other two models.

        The other two mostly just look unhappy, perhaps because they, too, have been skipping a few meals.


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