Are Skinny Women Good Role Models for Teens?
Models and the so-called 'supermodels' have been idolized by teenage girls who wish to emulate them. Fashion magazines are full of skinny models wearing the latest clothing accessory or make-up, perfume and hair care to sell to other women. How much influence do skinny models have on our teens?
Of course, they sell a lifestyle, not just a look or fashion item.
Whether posing on a deserted Caribbean beach, or surrounded by well-dressed and handsome admirers, photographs of models sell products. More than that, they sell the belief to youngsters that this is what women should look like, this is who to aspire to be.
Many models are impossibly thin, unhealthy looking and skeletal, and yet youngsters who do not know any better are drawn to the belief that this is the way to be.
They themselves strive towards being so thin, to the extent of becoming bulimic in some cases or undernourished in others.
Some people are naturally thin.
They can eat double what anyone else is eating, but due to having incredibly fast metabolisms, burn off al the carbohydrates they eat and so none of it gets converted to fat.
While this may seem to be an ideal situation, in reality it isn't.
People with fast metabolisms suffer from an inability to totally relax, always feeling the need to get up and do something.
Theirheart rates are faster, they are more short-tempered, and what is more, because it feels natural to them, they do not even know that what they feel is different to anyone else.
All this is natural to them; it is not natural to most of us.
Normal women are curvy. We are built that way because that is our natural body shape. Everyone carries some fat. It is what makes us curvy; it is normal.
Fat keeps us warm in winter and it provides an extra energy boost to the body in times of hunger.
Notice I say curvy and not fat. We do not want to be fat for many reasons, but a simple calorie controlled diet can keep out weight down without starvation.
Teens tend to be very self-critical to the point of being delusional, when they look in a mirror. They see their ears are too big or their mouths too wide/narrow or that tiny spot on their nose takes on the proportions of a gooseberry. Sadly that perfectly neat little figure often seems fat in comparison to the models they see in fashion magazines or on the net.
And who could could blame them, when they might be thinking that the following models are normal?
This is Victoria Beckham's latest photo from renowned photographer Josh Olins.
I personally don't think she ever had it, but Victoria Beckham is looked up to by a generation of teens.
She reminds me here of aBelsen victim.
People who were starved at the Belsen concentration camp during World war II looked healthier.
She is just a walking corpse, and if any youngster wants to look like this, they will find themselves very ill indeed.
There is nothing sexy about this picture.
I went out to the pub and asked all the men present of their opinion, and ALL of them said 'yuk!' They do not want a woman looking like this as it is anything but sexy, and they would not be attracted to be a woman they met who looked like this.
Not forgetting too that this woman is 37 and looks like an underdeveloped 14 year old. Men don't find it attractive.
Then we have Romanian model Ioana Spangenberg, who has an unbelievably slim 20" waist.
i don't know who thought she was attractive enough to photograph, but she is so skinny and oddly shaped I wonder if she had extra fat added to her hips to make her waist look even thinner. It is out of proportion to the rest of her blody.
If some one said that she slept in a coffin by day only coming out after sun-down, and drank blood to stay alive, you could easily be tempted to believe it.
She looks unnatural as well as unhealthy, and is certainly not a role model for teens to aspire to.
Again I polled the men in the pub and they thought she looked awful and would not have wanted to touch her with the proverbial barge-pole.
Youngsters need to know we are long time dead, and our skeletons are not terribly much different to the young ladies on this page.
If you are naturally very thin, and eat a healthy diet, then you just have to live with your figure and get used to it.
If you have a tendency to pile on the pounds if you so much as look at calorie-laden foods, than bad luck, you just have to learn what you can eat and can't.
No doubt the models on this page do not strive to look so ill and thin, but they do anyway. AND they are supposed to be role models, though I have to say, of the worst kind.
Look at fashion photos or advertising billboards with your kids. Point out to them when you see a model that is too thin, because their perception may not see the obvious.
These girls here are underweight, and not good role models for teens.
This photo is added for discussion only. Which models do you think look slim and which ones look a little too slim, skinny even. I showed only the legs of one because I think they are too thin Do you agree?