Jameela Jamil says fashion industry has ‘huge problem’ after Elle Fanning faints

Elle Fanning fainting due to her dress being “too tight” is proof of a “huge problem” in the fashion industry, actress Jameela Jamil has said.

Fanning, a member of this year’s Cannes jury, reportedly fainted during a dinner at the French film festival on Monday evening.

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Oops, had a fainting spell tonight in my 1950’s Prada prom dress but it’s all good!! #dresstootight #timeofthemonth

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The 21-year-old later posted a selfie to Instagram, blaming the incident on her 1950s Prada dress being too tight, adding a hashtag about it being her “time of the month”.

British actress and TV presenter Jamil, a vocal body positivity campaigner, said it was proof of a deeper issue within the fashion industry.

Actress Elle Fanning was wearing a Prada dress when she fainted at the Cannes film festival (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actress Elle Fanning was wearing a Prada dress when she fainted at the Cannes film festival (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Writing on Twitter, she said: “Jesus Christ, reading about Elle Fanning, a *very* thin actress fainting because her sample size Prada dress was too tight, and then blaming it on her period, rather than the fact that sample sizes are f***ing insane these days… is symptomatic of a huge problem in fashion.

“Incredibly slender Elle shouldn’t be blaming herself for being a few pounds heavier on her period. She should be horrified at the size of the dress.”

Actress Jameela Jamil is a vocal campaigner for body positivity (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Jameela Jamil is a vocal campaigner for body positivity (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Jamil, who stars on US sitcom The Good Place, added: “To be clear this is not me hitting out at Elle Fanning, but at the fashion industry for making a grown woman faint in their clothing.”

According to Variety, Fanning, the youngest ever member of the Cannes jury which decides what film is awarded the Palme d’Or, fainted during the Chopard Trophee dinner.

The outlet reported Fanning was seated next to her older sister, the actress Dakota Fanning, who helped her to her feet before security whisked them away.

- Press Association

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