Why this star WA model’s body was called ‘cheap’.
WA MODEL Tiah Delaney speaks candidly about the “warped” nature of the fashion industry and how she was told her curves made her look “cheap” and “tarty”.
As a standard size-eight woman who also has a D-cup chest size, the stunning 26-year-old from WA said she often received criticism for her natural curves.
She spoke to The Sunday Times after posing in the limited-edition Muse collection by international burlesque star Dita Von Teese. The range features feminine, vintage-inspired dresses and caters to women sized from 8-20.
“In an industry of girls with boyish figures, I’ve been told having boobs make me look fat, makes the clothes look cheap or tarty,” Delaney said. “I find this hilarious because you’re selling clothes to women but telling them they’ll be chastised if they dare look like women. It’s a very strange mentality.”
Delaney signed with Vivien’s as a teenager, and has posed for Dazed and Confused magazine, Vanity Fair and French Playboy.
“I always had a lot of confidence growing up, but I did go through a phase early in my career before I started to do well where I was really insecure because I was different,” Delaney said. “Once I realised you just have to own it, your shape and your quirks. These things worked more in my favour than against.
“Sure, there might be more commercial or men’s magazine models out there with my size and shape, but you’ve got to understand in fashion I’m an anomaly.”
After having a baby in 2009, Delaney said she felt the pressure to slim down quickly.
“I worked really hard to get back in shape after having a baby, and quite quickly,” she said. Initially it wasn’t my plan to, but I was offered a couple of really great campaigns quite soon after giving birth and I chose to take them. So I had to work at looking as good as I could.
“Saying that, I don’t think that’s a pressure that most women should have on them it’s just what’s required of my job.”
Von Teese, who was recently in Australia for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, said it was essential that the collection catered to all sizes.
“That was one of my primary goals and it’s always been really important to me,” she said. “It was amazing to see in the fittings that some of these dresses look better on a plus-size model than the standard-size models.
“I had so many beautiful dresses in my collection that I wear year after year after year, and they never look dated. I wanted to bring these lost designs to people who love vintage, but don’t want to look like they are starring in a costume drama.”