One of the things she talks about is how media consumption can play a role in how we (and our daughters) feel about ourselves/themselves … but that ignoring media or banning it isn’t the solution. Rather, keeping an open dialogue is — and I agree with her 100 percent.
But I hope to be able to do what Dara has done with her daughter: sit down with her and talk honestly and openly about air-brushing, how models/actresses/celebrities are paid to look a certain way and that it’s unrealistic of us to feel inadequate next to them, etc.
I admit I used to love The Hills, so I knew who this pseudo-starlet was, but in case you don’t know — Stephanie Pratt is the sister of sinister Spencer Pratt (one half of “Speidi”). Love her or hate her, she’s quite a character!
Anyway, she is a size 0-2 who claims that she felt “fat” next to Lauren and Audrina and Whitney on the show, and it led to bulimia.
Now, I’m not annoyed that she was bulimic — of course not — and I’m not doubting that pressure to be thin in Hollywood can spark/incite an eating disorder. I hope she’s turned things around (I haven’t gotten my hands on the full article yet; online there’s just a blurb).
But it just kills me that this is what is out there for general consumption: starlets (or in her case, wannabe starlets) who are skinny already out there talking about how they felt pressure to be even thinner.
Worse, as part of her article, there’s a link to “Scary Skinny Stars” — does US Weekly not realize that this is “thinspiration” for some?! Sure they do … but it sells magazines.
The thing is, we know that for so many, ED is psychological, it’s about control … We know it’s not always about vanity or wanting to be thin. But in Stephanie Pratt’s case, it was peer pressure that led her to bulimia.
It’s a vicious cycle, and it seems to just keep going on and on in the media. Skinny stars trying to get skinnier. Young girls looking up to these women, admiring them. Wanting to be like them. And the obsession with “thin” rages on.
Fortunately, self-acceptance is a growing trend here in the blogosphere — hopefully it’ll translate into real life, too. It’s like a backlash against all the hype to be skinny, to embrace yourself as you are now.
Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point started Operation Beautiful. Take a look, it’s an awesome initiative to end “fat talk one anonymous post-it at a time.”