Campaign For Real Beauty: The Uber-Skinny Model Controversy

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, the controversy about whether some models are too thin or not, rages on. Many people, including supermodel Bar Refaeli, are outraged that the trend of emaciated models just won’t seem to stop!

Recently, Refaeli reportedly tweeted, “I get so sad when I see 15-year-old pale extremely skinny models at the agency looking all shaky and hungry…when will it end?!

While the majority of her fans admired her honesty, Refaeli’s account was mysteriously shut down after her tweet went up. Her agency denied that the Twitter account was even hers to begin with. We don’t quite buy that story, do you?

So, we want to know too: when will all this skinny model madness end? It’s detrimental to the health of women everywhere—not just yours, your little girl’s health is at risk too. Psychology Today reported that little girls as young as age 9 are becoming extremely body conscious and are beginning to show signs of eating disorders. That’s just plain scary.

Women need to eat, period. And we need to acknowledge that beautiful comes in all shapes and sizes—not just wafer, size 00. What we really need to focus on is beauty inside and out.

In 2004, Dove released a study that they used as a spring-board to launch their Campaign for Real Beauty. Among the findings of the study:

  • Only 2% of women describe themselves as beautiful.
  • 63% strongly agree that society expects women to enhance their physical attractiveness. 45% percent of women feel women who are more beautiful have greater opportunities in life.
  • More than two-thirds (68%) of women strongly agree that “the media and advertising set an unrealistic standard of beauty that most woman can’t ever achieve.”
  • The majority (76%) wish female beauty was portrayed in the media as being made up of more than just physical attractiveness.
  • 75% went on to say that they wish the media did a better job of portraying women of diverse physical attractiveness, including age, shape and size.

If you haven’t heard of the Campaign for Real Beauty, it features REAL beautiful women, of all shapes and sizes, in advertisements, videos, workshops, sleepover events and more. The campaign was created to celebrate the natural differences in the female body and to inspire women to love and cherish what they were born with.

i♥moms wants to know, what do you love about your body? Post at least one thing (come on ladies, we know you can think of more than just one thing) that you love about your body.

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