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Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell in Olympics closing ceremonies sets off Twitter firestorm about healthy role models

Lia Grainger
Shine On
August 13, 2012

The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games wrapped last night with an epic closing ceremony that included performances by some of Britain's biggest musical performers, 80,000 screaming fans, and…a fashion show?

That's right, a segment of the ceremonies highlighting the country's fashion industry featured supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell strutting down a massive runway decked in gold, and left many viewers scratching their heads — and tweeting about it.

CNN host Piers Morgan didn't pull any punches when he tweeted:  "I suspect Kate Moss might fail her drugs test later. #Closingceremony." The tweet referred to numerous reports of cocaine abuse by the slender model.

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Campbell also drew ire for her past temper tantrum antics, including multiple incidents in which she allegedly accosted staff with her cell phone. Tweeted British author Jojo Moyes: "Naomi Campbell: gold medal in phone throwing."

But while these two British fashion heavyweights were singled out by some, many tweets questioned why the fashion industry was being showcased at all.

"Billboard photos of supermodels....wasn't this about athletes?"  Tweeted LA Times sports writer Philip Hersh tweeted, and then: "We're celebrating anorexic women who do nothing but stand and look beautiful. Fashion show. STOOOOOOOOPID."

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Perhaps the harshest comment came from British playwright Mark Ravenhill, who tweeted: "Supermodels: because there are two ways to achieve less than 5% body fat: there's high performance athletics and then there's anorexia."

Yet for all the vitriolic tweeting about what many felt to be the jarring juxtaposition of skinny models and strong, healthy athletes, there were also many fans who found the runway glam portion of the evening to be, in a word, fabulous.

Tweeted fashion blogger Albert de Castro: "Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Lily Cole and more walking at the #closing ceremony!! How fabulous is this!"

One thing's for certain, in at the Vancouver 2010 closing ceremonies, Linda Evangelista and Coco Rocha were nowhere to be seen.

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