You may not notice the negative influence that you have on young girls through your various mediums that promote this unrealistic “ideal” look. Many young girls may not realize that most of the images that they see of models or their favorite celebrities are actually retouched or photo-shopped to mimic what you believe is “perfect”. Therefore,Therefore, according to Newport Academy’s Teen Anorexia Statistics, many young girls feel the need to change themselves to achieve the unattainable look that they constantly see put before them. Maybe you didn’t realize how much of an influence you actually have on young girls. These girls go through extreme measures to look like something that is not only unrealistic but also extremely unhealthy, which leads to many other health risks. So just in case you didn’t know, I want to prove it to you.
Girls who suffer from anorexia have a constant fear of being “too fat” and girls who suffer from bulimia fear gaining weight even though they are perfectly normal. It is mainly because of you that young girls’ perception of their body image has become completely tainted.
Young girls should not have to suffer from serious conditions like this. Young girls should be having fun and feeling comfortable in their own skin. However, in a society that tells them that you have to look a certain way, how can young girls have a completely positive outlook on themselves?
The worst part about this situation is that if depression is not treated it can be fatal. In many cases people who are depressed are more susceptible to suicide. In fact WebMD reveals that 90% of people who committed suicide were actually diagnosed with depression.
Instead of creating retouched and photo-shopped pictures, why don’t you promote self-love and self-confidence? You don’t have to alter the look of someone to make them look “perfect” because we are your audience and we are not “perfect”. I feel as though if you want to be more relatable to your audience you should advertise something that is more realistic.
Look at how negatively you have affected young girls already. Your powerful but negative influence has resulted in a domino effect that begins with insecurity and in severe cases may end with suicide. I don’t understand why you feel the need to standardize the way someone should look. So what if someone has pale skin or dark skin? So what if someone is short or tall? So what if someone has long black hair or short blonde hair? We all are different and this is what gives us individuality. It is nothing like feeling free of care and being able to express yourself as you are.
But what happens when she gets older and she has other sources of influence besides her mother? What happens when she begins to take notice of the photo-shopped pictures in magazines and realize that she doesn’t look like the woman in the picture? This is something that I absolutely dread thinking about. I hate thinking about how she could be affected by your deceptive images of beauty as she grows older. This is why my family and I work hard to shield her from your negative influence. Even though she is still very young it is critical that being comfortable in her own skin is stressed to her.
I don’t want to see an entire generation of young girls become victims of self-loathing because this issue wasn’t addressed. You have the greatest influence on young girls through television, internet, magazines, etc., therefore, you have the power to encourage and motivate young girls to love themselves. I suggest that instead of putting stipulations on the beauty of someone’s outward appearance include more realistic photos of women. You don’t have to alter the looks of models to make them “beautiful” they will be beautiful just as they are. Remember that beauty is not just about glamorizing ourselves it is about knowing who we are and being completely comfortable in our own skin. Think about how positively you can change the lives of many young girls just by taking my advice to promote more realistic photos of women and by supporting the idea of self-love and self-acceptance.