Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Setting the world to right: Body Image.

I've always been the person with opinions - fairly strong ones at that... - and so my great grandad always told me that if I had the chance, I'd definitely set the world to right if I had half the chance... So this is my little place to have my opinions - feel free to agree, disagree or not remotely care... It'd be lovely to hear what you think, so pleaseee comment below!

Today I'm spouting off on 'debating' body image and the effect of the media.... There's a few things that have brought these issue into my world: firstly an open letter to Now Magazine written by the wonderful Pols (check it out: here!) & the UrbanOutfitters scandal with the 'eat less' and 'depression' t-shirts.

In my mind, Now magazine (along with the rest of the media) are so wrong to enforce the idea that being beautiful means that you need to have a tiny body and this is not true. There are many different shapes, sizes and styles, all of which are beautiful in their own right. Why is it society feels the need to tell women especially, that if they do not conform to a certain idea that they are not beautiful?

I know that times are beginning to change and that the idea of plus-size models is being made more real, both in the world of runway models and shop store models,  but to me even this label is wrong. They aren't 'plus size', they're just real people.....

The UrbanOutfitters t-shirts to me are wrong. They just stand to ridicule and take away the from the difficulties that those who suffer from anorexia and depression. These people need help from qualified professionals, not the world making their problems seem like a joke. In a way, I'm glad that the t-shirts have caused uproar as at least it has raised awareness for those often silent conditions that are mental health but there are better ways to raise the profile! The best thing is Hollywood stars, those who live in the world of beauty, have the same mindset as me. Sophia Bush, known for One. Tree Hill and John Tucker Must Die is calling for a complete boycott of the brand....

What do you think? Agree with me? Or can you see the other side? Tweet me, or comment below :)

11 comments:

  1. I particularly hate the eat less t-shirt - what a dreadful message! Hopefully they will withdraw it!

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    1. I hope they're both withdrawn. Disgusting that they even thought it was ok...

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  2. You hit the nail on the head about the plus size models they are normal size skinny one should be minus size ! I'm not being one of those pervy men but a Holly Willoughby body shape is fantastic ! A proper mum !

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  3. It's a terrible message to broadcast. Young girl especially are the one that will suffer from these messages, much more impressionable .

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    1. This is what I think! Surely these large global companies should be making people feel worth something rather than send out messages like this...

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  4. Just another idiot company trying to gain publicity by being controversial! Dishustng messages to young girls. Couldn't agree with you more :( x

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    1. It's a shame they feel this is the best way for publicity when there's more positive ways out there...

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  5. I agree with you. Who on earth would want to wear a T-Shirt that said 'Eat Less' on it anyway?! Who is their target audience? Makes me cross #PoCoLo

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  6. Totally agree with you. As someone who doesn't buy anything at Urban Outfitters I only saw those t shirts on Facebook, and I was appalled. How can they excuse making these kind of shirts? All I can think is that they wanted the public storm, and the brand recognition that comes with it. It's other that or they really are encouraging eating-disorders. They should be boycotted. #PoCoLo

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  7. I totally agree with you Kat. This is disgraceful behaviour by a company who is supposed to take their position responsibly. I can't stand them. Thank you for linking this to PoCoLo x

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