Do thin models warp girls' body image?

Do thin models warp girls' body image?

There are 114 comments on the The Shreveport Times story from Oct 6, 2006, titled Do thin models warp girls' body image?. In it, The Shreveport Times reports that:

When Frederique van der Wal, a former Victoria's Secret model, attended designers' shows during New York's Fashion Week last month, she was 'shocked' by the waiflike models who paraded down the catwalk.

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Jessi

Phoenix, AZ

#101 Feb 27, 2007
I have alot of bigger girls at my school but even more little girl, what can i do i am so pressured to look good. My parents always tell me it doesn't matter what you look like but they havn't been to the middle and high schools today. Guys and girls expect you to be skinny and have huge boobs. If you don't your not popular, your not cool. our made fun of your, just another girl...

Since: Dec 06

AOL

#102 Feb 27, 2007
When I was in high school the most poplular girl was big. It was her high self-esteem and how she portrayed herself to others.

Popularity isn't such a big thing. The most important thing is to think that you are beautiful and a prize and have worth and value. Everything else will take care of itself.

You will get more respect if you don't care what other people expect you to look like.

Besides, males generally do prefer curvier women. I have more attraction from the opposite sex when I am curvier than I did when I dieted and was thinner.

The Big Time

“Runs Like a Deere”

Since: Jan 07

Forest Park, GA

#103 Feb 27, 2007
OutSideTheBox wrote:
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Well, thanks for getting inside the heads of skinny people & telling us all what they think & how they are motivated!!
And I think we all understand why you've studied psychology. It helps you try and change people to your warped world veiws...change society...like there is anything wronge with wanting to be skinny.
give 'em hell mr box,

seems i am so busy looking into that reflecting pool,

i could care less about the world, and more about the way I Look and Feel....

so tell me what to do,

gNat cut his dreadlocks and changed the secret "High Sign"....

LOL
Joe Shmoe

United States

#104 Feb 27, 2007
Jessi wrote:
I have alot of bigger girls at my school but even more little girl, what can i do i am so pressured to look good. My parents always tell me it doesn't matter what you look like but they havn't been to the middle and high schools today. Guys and girls expect you to be skinny and have huge boobs. If you don't your not popular, your not cool. our made fun of your, just another girl...
Consider that an asset. It is way better to concentrate on your studies than on your looks. Whatever is in fashion at your school today will not be what you will be wearing when you are employed. People at work won't respect you for what you did in high school. They'll respect you because you have professional skills and as long as those skills are useful to them, you won't need to look like a supermodel. However, you will be required to look clean and professional. If you turn out to be the boss, you have to inspire confidence that you are the boss.
In the end, you will work as long as you make your company money. And for the wide range of other companies and individuals a company deals with, a professional impression matters.

There is nothing like a well tailored suit and a clean shaven face to go with a well rounded knowledgeable professional.

Buy a business magazine, see how CEO's carry themselves and what occasions they chose to be a little more casual than others.
lifesagameplay it

Australia

#105 Mar 19, 2007
yes
lifesagameplay it

Australia

#106 Mar 19, 2007
there is this guy who likes my best friend but i used to go out with him, what should i do?
Zoompad

Reading, UK

#107 Mar 20, 2007
Jessi wrote:
I have alot of bigger girls at my school but even more little girl, what can i do i am so pressured to look good. My parents always tell me it doesn't matter what you look like but they havn't been to the middle and high schools today. Guys and girls expect you to be skinny and have huge boobs. If you don't your not popular, your not cool. our made fun of your, just another girl...
Jesi,

I bet you already do look good. All this pressure on people to conform - it has always been there, and I have always rebelled against it and worn exactly what I want to waer, and eaten as much as I want to eat, and whenever I want to eat it.

I remember all this pressure and bitchiness when I was young, and it was really annoying. Al I can say is that I never regret being me and saying "sod you then" to the ones who would not accept me for who I am. I am sure I have had a much happier life than I would have had if I had conformed. I was a hippy teenager, I didn't like the sort of music that I was supposed to like (the Bay Sh*tty Rollers, the Osmonds, David Cassedy and all that)and preferred prog rock, so I was torn to bits by the other kids for the way I dressed and the music I liked. But that's what narrow minded people do - they pick on people who are different.

Well, I like being just me, and so it's too bad. I'm told by the Government that I am too fat (size 16) but I'm 48, have great skin and long red shiny hair, can run, ride my bike, dance and I'm happy, and I look fantastic. The Government is too frigging nosy, and the fashion culture is too boring! Everyone looks exactly the same in those magazines! And I don't like being a clone or a number.
Paige

Reading, UK

#108 Mar 29, 2007
I am 15, I weigh 110lbs and i am 5"6 tall and i have a lot of problems with my body image. I have been bulimic for the last 2 years and have been hospitalised 3 times in the last year. When I take a step back I find it appalling that someone my age has had these kinds of problems. I know lots of girls my age that are not at all fat but think that they are and have gone to extreme lengths to reach and maintain an unhealthy body weight. One of my very close friends was hospitalised at the age of 9 because she was so affraid of gaining weight that she refused to drink water.I know from my own experiences that i have been deeply affected by the media. I still want to lose weight and be rail thin, not because i think it looks good or I think it will make me more attractive to the opposite sex, but because I dont want to be the fat one.

I dont see why somone in the fashion industry can't just take a stand and put an end to this size zero madness. This morning I was watching the news when it was annouced that Donatella Versaces daughter Allegra is dangerously anorexic, i am appalled that since Donatellas own daughter has been suffering with this terrible disease for many years now that her fashion line still makes clothes in the tiny size 6 (UK) size 2 US. I was then even more shocked when i was reading the paper later today to see that the Versace family are blaming poor Alegras condition on the fact that her uncle Gianni died when she was 11. I am not saying that this did not effect her as it probably has done but I am still so shocked to see that neither Donatella or any others at Versace are taking responsibility for Allegras condition. I understand that Fashion designers may want to shock the public with the look of emaciated girls on the runway as it gets them more media attention but surely they must see that with all the bad press they are getting over the size O debate that changing their samples to a size 6 or 8 (2 or 4 US, which still in my opinion is small) would get them much more media attention and good publicity. Its time someone took a stand for the healthy look. We need stop bombarding young girls with images of severly underweight and unhealthy women that the media and fashion industry are labelling as "beautiful" and "perfect". What really matters is to be happy and healthy and that is the message we need to send to young women. It worries me that in just 50 years the ideal body shape for a women has gone from a size 16 (marylyn monroe) to an unbleivable size 4. If this is the direction that women are going in where will it leave us in another 50 years.
kayla

United States

#109 Jun 26, 2007
im 5'7 and 170 pounds, am i fat?
Zoompad

Reading, UK

#110 Jun 27, 2007
Women are being marginalised. Women thought they wanted equality with men, and some think they have it, but they do not. Women are still paid less than men for doing the same work. They are in an even worse position in a way, because nowadays women are expected to have two jobs - domestic goddess and child rearer, and paid work. All this is doing is making men redundant and women knackered and resentful.

Women diet and starve to make themselves take up less space, to look life waifs, to make men accept them. Women push each other away, and ridicule each other far too easily. Men band together, and women should do the same. Not so that they can be at war with the opposite sex! but because they need to challenge the standards that are spoiling our societies and be the moral guardians of the nation.

It is said that behind every successful man is a good woman. Women need to see themselves as God sees them, and stop trying to please men. They need to be beautiful in the eyes of God instead. God does not care about the latest fashions, or about stiletto heels, or how many grey hairs or wrinkles a woman has. Actually, people should take care of their appearance, but not to let it become an obsession.

The fashion designers are only there to make pots of money. They do not care at all about how to make ordinary women look good. All they care about is sucking up to people like Victoria Beckham, people with stacks of money. They don't give a toss about wether the ultra thin women are happy either. It's just a facade.
Heather

Athens, OH

#111 Nov 2, 2007
Bernard wrote:
Men don't want to have sex with cows and pigs.
Women need to lose weight and respect their temple that God gave them.
Women that are fat are in contempt, possibly terrorists, they eat the food that is meant for the future generations of society. They should be sterilized to prevent the fall of society, and stop the tilting of the Earth's axis.
WOW I thought I had a fat phobia! Yes I think we need to eat healthy and care for our bodies and not be fat,but men are fat too so please dont single women out. This WHOLE obese country needs a healthy diet and exercise not just women.
Janice Choi

Shenzhen, China

#112 Aug 19, 2008
I have to do a seminar on this topic I understood the bad side of this topic, is there any "NO" to this question?
You know who

Saskatoon, Canada

#113 Dec 27, 2008
LOL!!

Hey... Yeah, I hope everyone takes a look at this post in order to get a sense for the reliability of this poster.

Peace

NM
You know who

Saskatoon, Canada

#114 Dec 27, 2008
The Big Time wrote:
The never ending Story,
Part Two
is the ability to walk into a
Grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move
Through each state?
Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?
I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.
Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?
Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great
Disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have , and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent
Approval rating?
Hey! Yeah you. Its me again. Remember writing this? Take a look around. LOL!

NM

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