Ok so you say, "Hey that's one misguided model who was in Sin City for a big bash. Mainstream America isn't buying into this." Really? Take a look at the photo in my JCrew email today and tell me that middle American retailers aren't still on this train? Just look at the poor girl's elbows and knees - not to mention her waist that almost isn't there. And what's the caption? "Covet and Collect". A look to covet apparently.
This is what our kids are supposed to aspire to? Now those of you that knew me as a kid - or even through school - may wonder what right I have to complain. Yes I was a rail - I was skinny and gangly and bony. The difference is, I wasn't celebrated, lauded, admired or fawned over because of it. I didn't knock myself out to get that way and would have given anything for some curves. However even all of that said, I very much remember thinking that if I ever got over 120lbs (on my 5'9" frame) that I would just kill myself.
I don't want my daughter to grow up thinking the world ends at size 4.
I wish I knew what women could do to stop this insane beauty myth. But I'm at a loss. All I can do is pledge to raise my daughter to be happy with being healthy - whatever that is on her. Its a tall order considering all the other propaganda she'll be hit with daily, but one of the most important lessons I could ever teach - and I'll take that role on wholeheartedly.