London’s much-hyped Vogue Festival came and went this weekend, with celebs, designers and models treating an eager British public to tales of their fashion careers and memories. (Note to Anna Wintour: can we start this in the U.S.?)

While we were sadly stuck stateside, British journalists attended the various panels and reported back. The most surprising report of all? The lively conversation between models Eva Herzigova, Lily Cole, Jourdan Dunn and Natalia Vodianova, in which Natalia declared: “C’mon guys, you know it’s better to be skinny than to be fat.”

Olivia Bergin at the Telegraph relayed the comment, which came in the context of a conversation on healthy body weight. According to the Telegraph, the models admitted that they’ve been blessed with genetically slim figures. But in discussing “fat” versus “skinny” bodies, Cole pointed out that the body types we deem beautiful are in fact culturally relative; there are societies, she noted, where curvier bodies are preferred to skinny ones.

Whereupon Vodianova offered her “better to be skinny than to be fat” comment.

The Russian model was quick to clarify that she was referring to obesity — indeed, everyone agrees that when it comes to health, being not obese is better than being obese. But it is a disappointing sound bite from a high-profile model, one that could easily be twisted into this year’s version of “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

Hopefully Vodianova’s own track record — healthy exercise, not depriving herself a few indulgences — disproves any pro-ana leanings. But still, we wonder if “It’s better to be skinny than to be fat” was the best choice of words…

Read more from the model panel at and check out more fitness-minded models below.

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