Fashion magazines make girls feel ugly
By Cecilia Gran on May 2, 2012 2:42 PM
I recently watched a video that brought some startling facts about girls and body image into view. After three minutes of leafing through a fashion magazine:
- 3 out of 4 girls feel depressed, ashamed, and guilty about themselves
- 48% of young girls want to be as skinny as fashion models; and
- 31% of young girls are starving themselves
- Eight years old is the peak age for girls to have leadership ambitions. At that age, 44% of them want to be leaders, but the number drops as they get older.
What is happening?
This is from a well researched film called Miss Representation, made by a Sundance film maker. Watch the clip and help me think about how we adults can help create a realistic and loving world for our girls and for boys, too.
Having watched this clip, what is one thing you are going to do now?