Celebrity and young Mum Nicole Ritchie is being reported by Grazia Magazine today to be in talks with health experts about fronting a positive body image campaign.
The article states that eating disorders are an issue very close to Nicole's heart and that she "hated being the poster girl for anorexia and drug addiction." The article goes on to say that Nicole wants to be a positive role model for her daughter Harlow and that she wanted to show her and others it is possible to recover from addictions and illnesses. The proposed campaign will involve Nicole and other eating disorder survivors acting as 'big sister' like mentors to at-risk girls in Los Angeles schools.
I would love some wider comments on this one as I must admit I have mixed feelings. From what I have seen of her(only in the media of course), Nicole appears to be quite a sweet and lovely person who is devoted to her children. I think she looks healthy and glowing at this stage in her life, but I wonder if in campaigning for positive body image she may have been better to align herself with some of the wonderful US based eating disorder and body image charities who are already doing great work? Hmmmm. It's still one for me to ponder, but if the campaign does eventuate and it is positive and touches lives in a great way - that can only be a good thing.
On a final note though - Grazia - please! A positive body image campaign does not mean an "anti-anorexia" campaign as you state on the cover here. Let's stop with the negative messages and also appreciate that there are many other types of eating disorders other than anorexia. 'Positive Body Image Campaign' would have been so much more inclusive. Next time ok?