Beauty is in the eye of the Disorder


Celebrity news, reality TV, and Toddler & Tiaras. Wait, did I just add toddler to this list? Yes, the need to be the fairest of them all begins with toddlers. There really is a reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, which shows pageant mom and dads dressing up their children and encouraging the tots to be the best of best. But this is not a post to attack the show; just the message it sends to young girls and the population in general. Everyday the media bombards the general public with images of celebrity photos which have been either airbrushed or photo shopped to perfection. These perfect images are then shown to impressionable teens and young adults, who wish to emulate the people they are seeing in the photos. Reality shows such as Jersey Shore, projecting image as it’s main focus adds to the burden of being beautiful in today’s world. Unfortunately, some young people and even older people may fall into the trap of trying to keep up with these unattainable images.

According to an article from the Academic Psychiatry Journal 2006 in a 1994 survey 40% of nine year olds have been on a diet. A diet at nine years old? To me that’s unbelievable and sad. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders states,”47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures, 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape, and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.” This means that more than half of young teen girls are trying to emulate the images they see in the magazine and other media.

What prompted me to write this blog was an MSN Now: What’s Trending article titled, Pic of actress without make up reveals blemishes, real beauty. The article shows actress AnnaLynne McCord of the popular show “90210” with her makeup on and without makeup; blemishes and all. The difference is astounding and empowering. McCord states how she woke up one morning and was over Hollywood’s perfection requirement. I say, Bravo to AnnaLynne McCord for helping to turn the tide and working to empower men and women to love themselves as they are. Kudos should also be given to Vogue which announced it would not feature underaged girls or girls with eating disorders. The website thechive.com in a post titled, The Louis Vuitton models pose without makeup.Still hot?, shows 40 images of Louis Vuitton models without makeup.

Checking out the pictures, the models look like any other young girl out on the street, except some of the model looked as if they tried getting their lips plumped up. I could only envision actress Lisa Rinna before her lip reduction surgery. Also, many of the models looked dis-proportioned with large heads and small thin bodies. I believe when actors, actress, models, and others in the entertainment business speak out against unnatural body images it means taking a step towards eliminating eating disorders. I too have fallen into the “fat trap”, and caused myself much suffering trying to keep up with images put out by the media by fad dieting and excessive exercise. Recently while driving to work a song came on the radio by a boy band called, One Direction. Ever heard of them? I love their song, What Makes You Beautiful. The lyrics are simply put:

If only you saw what I can see
You’ll understand why I want you so desperately
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe
You don’t know
Oh oh
You don’t know you’re beautiful
Oh oh
That’s what makes you beautiful

So it seems that  wisdom can comes out of the mouth of babes. It is my deepest hope that AnnaLynne McCord’s efforts are not in vain. There are too many young lives that need to know the truth about body image, and that is no one is perfect, not even celebrities.

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Kim Kardashian. Image from http://www.safm.com.au/

Here more entertainers who have embraced the natural look during a photo shoot and websites about eating disorders.

Paula Patton Poses With No Make Up For People’s Most Beautiful Women Issue

Jaime Lee Curtis Hates Hollywood’s “conspiracy” Against Women

Eating Disorder Coalition- Facts About Eating Disorders: What Research Shows

Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture: Stories Told

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