Dr Helen Wright, headmistress of exclusive girls boarding school St Mary’s from Calne in Wiltshire, said in a speech to the Institute of Development Professionals in Education that: “It is not too strong a statement, I venture to suggest, to say that almost everything that is wrong with Western society today can be summed up in that one symbolic photo of Miss Kim Kardashian on the front of Zoo magazine.”
Fairly strong words but she has actually had quite a lot of messages of support but these people also seem to have taken a somewhat strange view of what is just a throwaway magazine. A number of people are keen to say that by Kim Kardashian being voted the hottest woman on the planet that this sets the wrong example to both young girls and young boys about what is important in life.
We think that perhaps Dr Wright is taking too serious a view of this as these sort of polls are really just a bit of fun. We doubt very much whether anyone studying to become the next Stephen Hawking, Marie Curie or anyone having designs on a career in business or technology will be derailed by a picture of a young woman in lingerie on the cover of a lads mag.
Self-declared militant feminist Julie Burchill seems to agree as, writing in today’s Sun, she wonders what Dr Wright would have made of other beauties from the past such as Mona Lisa (lazy cow) or Helen of Troy (meddling tease).
One area we do agree with Dr Wright on is the fanatical use of airbrushed or Photoshopped photos that seems to be the accepted norm for fashion shoots. Also the idealisation of the size zero model is obviously not a good role model for young girls, or boys. However can Dr Wright seriously believe that the curvy Ms Kardashian is really representing the size zero brigade. Surely not unless she has missed the size of her breasts or bottom!
One thing is for sure Kim will not mind what is being said about her just as long as she still manages to make a few column inches and with that has the chance to make an extra dollar or two.
Most of don’t think of her in terms of a role model. Probably most girls and women are amused that she has managed to make such a fortune by doing so little and as for most lads and men well I think we can guess how they think about her. KK a threat to the future of Western civilisation, we don’t think so.
Usually the words Harry Styles and older women or cougars are followed swiftly by the name of Caroline Flack, perhaps after this weekend that will no longer be the case.
It seems that before he met Caroline he enjoyed a secret fling with another woman who was 14 years older than him and also married. Harry met radio dj Lucy Horobin last August and immediately started keeping in contact with her using Twitter and Facebook after flirting with her in the studio of radio station Key 103 in Manchester.
According to the Sunday Mirror this was then followed by a 3-month fling with at least one night spent together in a hotel. A source is quoted as saying that at the time although she was still married Lucy was leading a separate life to her husband.
The source continued: ‘Harry just happened to be in the right place at the right time. He charmed his way into her life and brought a little bit of excitement with him.’
‘Lucy was confused about her feelings for her husband. They were still living in the same house but not actually living as a couple.’
‘Then, when things fizzled out with Harry, she realised she had made a stupid mistake.’
Lucy said today on Twitter that she has said nothing to the press and that she also has no intention of talking to them. The other exciting info from her Twitter profile is that she likes cheese, cats and fun times. Not sure what Harry thinks about cheese and cats?