Fashion's Unhealthy Image





Though unhealthy body image is not something directly linked to “green” issues, it is something that I feel strongly is linked to sustainability and obviously personal health. I wrote this piece for Lucire partially from my own personal perspective, but mainly from recent industry accounts and the perspectives of some of my colleagues.

I feel it’s at least my personal responsibility to at least share my thoughts on these issues and welcome other people’s thoughts on the matter.

Via SRO blogspot.

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  1. I say with a little bias that this was one of the best thought-out pieces we’ve run in recent months, thanks to Summer Rayne.

  2. Thank you for acknowledging this issue. I have a daughter now and am terrified that she will develop a poor self body image. I try my best to give all of my kids support and stress that looks are not all that important.
    I deal with my own issues, being a 32 year old mother. It is hard to be confident when you shop for clothes and nothing fits because they are designed for girls with the body of a twelve year old boy!
    I hope that more of the modeling industry will take heed about what is happening to these poor misguided girls in the name of fashion. But we can help too by making people aware with blogs like this.

  3. Thanks MJ for your thoughts. This topic is in the press a lot now and I hope it stays that way. As you can see, some regional markets have moved to embrace more of a “real” figure (i.e. Sao Paulo, Italy). However, the industry has a lot of catching up to do. Not a lot has changed in actuality.

    I think it very important to give children good values, to understand that they have assets that are beyond looks – and to value healthiness. I think if they grow up with a grounded base, many will be able to look beyond the gloss of advertising and uberskinniness.

    Regarding your personal issues, I can emphatize. As mentioned in the article, my own 6/8 frame was not the norm and oftentimes would feel awkward when having to try on clothes that were way too small. However, I grew up in a good environment – where both my parents valued health and took positive roles in my education, which I think allowed me to be strong in the face of tough times. Many other people may have succumed to the pressures to conform, but I’m glad that I knew what was good for me and my body.

    I hope that you can feel the same way and I’m certain that if these are top-of-mind, then your daughter will embrace the values that you are putting forth.

    Good job, mom!

  4. What a really fabulous article, Summer. It is really reassuring that more people are standing up for health and listening to what weight their body is telling them feels right. Growing up, I remember looking at the pictures of pretty girls in the magazines and drowning my sorrows that I’d never be as thin or pretty as them. Luckily, I grew up with a very loving mother who convinced me that I was not fat and that I was beautiful. Of course, looking back on that, I can see that she was right.

    An industry shift where establishing and enforcing BMI standards would be an excellent thing for everyone, and I think it would also help alleviate some of the vicious competition and teasing that exists between young girls in school.

    Thanks a million for voicing your opinion through an excellent article, and for helping give other like-minded women in the industry a voice as well. I think women everywhere truly appreciate this from the bottom of their hearts.

  5. Thanks Jess for your words and I think MJ will be happy to hear about the positive reinforcement from your mother. BTW, there was an excellent piece on this recently on CNN. I hope this continues to be at the forefront of the press, and not just a passing fad.

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