The Glorification of Starving Women Makes Me Angry

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I am pissed. 

Last night, my husband and I were watching Deco Drive (a crappy pseudo-news show on our local Fox channel) when I heard them mention a Victoria’s Secret model that was being called “The Body” – you know, like Elle MacPherson was referred to back in the 80’s?

When her image flashed on the screen, I gasped.

And then I got angry. Why?

They went on to say how great her body was, and I quote, “athletic” – but this doesn’t strike me as athletic. Yes, I do see the flat, toned stomach, which can be considered athletic.

But you know what I really see? BONES. Lots and lots of bones. The images of her on screen were not available online, but this is most similar photo I could find online via my Google images search.

I see ribs and I see hip bones, and I don’t know about you, but in my book, athletes don’t have protruding bones.

To compare her to Elle MacPherson is sad. Does anyone remember what Elle looked like back when they called her “The Body?”

Do you see what I see? I see hips, and boobs and shapely legs.

Those calf muscles? Those are the signs of athleticism in my book. I would kill for a body like that! Because that is what a hot body looks like.

I am so tired of the media telling us what we should consider beautiful. Marisa Miller is a beautiful girl, there is no denying that. But when I look at her, my heart breaks. She looks malnourished to me. I want to feed her a sandwich. And some fries. And big glass of milk.

I think we all know that she doesn’t maintain that physique by running and bicycling, as she claims…I have friends who run and work out like crazy, and none of them have bones sticking out everywhere.

I think of my daughter, who is 14 and struggles with body image because she feels ‘fat’ even though she is average height and weight for her age. She tries to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies, drinks her milk, takes vitamins and requested to take P.E. in school as an elective so that she could get exercise. She looks nowhere near what Marisa Miller looks like.

If she were to see someone like Marisa Miller being applauded for being healthy and athletic, what is that telling her?

What is wrong with the media?!

Please tell me that I am not crazy. Is this really an appropriate standard of beauty for our daughters?

I don’t think so.

*images courtesy of Google images.

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Comments

  1. says

    no, you are NOT crazy!

    I can’t believe they would call that woman “the body” and compare her to Elle. ugh…

    I have a teenage daughter too, I’m so thankful she is happy with her body (well… as happy as ANY woman can be I guess) and doesn’t resort to fad dieting or starving herself.

  2. says

    You are definitely not crazy!! Remember when Kate Moss was dubbed “heroin chic”? This seems to be a trend that keeps rearing its ugly head and will not just lay down and die already!

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