Have you ever wondered… What is TOO thin?
The good news is that this question has been getting some top press lately: NY Times, USA Today, Extra. Even favorite shows like Top Model are coming into question about what is “too thin.”
The bad news is that differing opinions and lack of regulation keep this an issue that is hard to resolve. Extensive research has been going on for decades about the affect of too-skinny models on the self esteem of teen girls. In actuality, you probably don’t even need to read the research to have experienced or seen first-hand the self-esteem and confidence issues that magazines, fashion and ads create.
So when is thin too thin? The ad below is not from an anorexia site… it’s an ad for Drop Dead clothing company and was banned by Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, an advertising watchdog that banned the campaign over complaints that its featured model “appears anorexic.”
The ASA took issue with the size 6 model’s “highly visible” hips, ribs, and collar bone calling the ad “socially irresponsible” and offensive. Marc Jacobs has also had ads banned.
Note: Size 6 in the UK is size 2 in the US (update thanks to Savannah Brentnall).
We do our best to combat the issues with Teen Identity Portraits and Magazine. We reach out to teen girls to give them experiences that empower them, help to raise their confidence and self esteem and let them know they are so much more than the skin they’re in. As a teen who struggled with suicidal thoughts and an eating disorder for all of my teen years, this issue is close to my heart.
What can YOU do to fight the problem?
What can WE do to fight the problem?
That’s what I’d love to hear from you today!