Avoiding “Twiggy” Syndrome, Part 2
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m sick of seeing all the diet ads and ads for get thinn pills. What is everybody’s obsession with being thin? Personally, I like a woman with some meat on her bones. I see nothing sexy in a 20-something woman who’s so thin she looks like a 12 year old boy, then she has to go out and get breast and buttock implants so she can look like a woman again. It’s ridiculous.
Women should have curves. They should have hips and breasts and a backside. This whole rail-thin look is goof if you want to be a walking clothes hanger, but not much else. You ever notice how most runway models have no figure at all? A real woman would never know what she’d look like in a garment based on that.
I’m all for women who have a healthy figure. And you can be pretty big and still look good. I have a friend who’s a “big girl”, but she’s athletic, energetic, healthy, and loves every single curve. Wanting to be healthy is one thing, wanting to be skinny because it’s what the media tells you to be is another. And people wonder why so many girls are becoming bulimic and anorexic. If the media was telling them to be healthy and love their bodies, whatever the shape, instead of telling them they need to look like Paris Skeleton, we might not have so many problems.
If you’re a mother with a daughter, or a woman who interacts with young girls and teens, I implore you, tell them to be happy with their bodies. Tell them to be healthy, but not to feel bad if they have more curves, or are bigger than some other girls. We are not all meant to look the same. We are supposed to be different. And believe me, I know from experience that tastes vary from place to place and person to person. I have photos of myself from some years back when I was 96 pounds because people kept telling me I was fat. People see them and tell me how much better I look now that I’ve gained weight and have a figure. Girls need to learn to be happy with who they are, rather than trying to turn themselves into what the media wants.
I also suggest letting the media know you’re not interested in seeing ads for all these get thin gimmicks. On sites like Facebook and others that allow you to vote on ads, vote down any ads you see for diet schemes and celebrity weight loss garbage. Let them know you don’t want to see it. Maybe they’ll start to get a clue. You can also stop buying fashion magazines, or write to the editors and let them know you want to see more realistic-looking women. If enough people tell the media that they want to see real people in the magazines and on television, we can make a difference.