I have to say I have been completely blown away by the response to the first two episodes of Model’s Apartment, I concept I just dreamed up last Friday night when I was stuck on an airplane trying to get home from a business trip. These stories have been in my head for years, it feels good to get them out.
However, my blog statistics are actually scaring me! I think its because I have been hanging out here blogging, somewhat incognito, and all of a sudden BAM the blog world is all over you. However, all this traffic is bringing awareness to my mission so it’s all good.
The reason I blog is to expose beauty myths and modeling truths.We are a society inundated with airbrushed, unachievable images which only serve to drive women into the ground as they strive to be what they see in the magazines. I hope my experience as a 16 year old model in Paris can serve as a voice of reason to women and young girls.
This post I received today fully encompasses the POWER of blogging, this is the type of change you can create with your blog, your mission, your passion. I can not even begin to tell you how it feels to receive a message such as this:
Ellie | posted January 23rd, 7:55am in response to Ana & Mia
Hey, i suffer from ana with mia “tendencies”, im just 18. Ive read through your site and watched you videos on you tube. I currently weigh 90pounds but im 5ft9, like you said in one of your videos, i wanted to weigh 120…then 115…then 110 and thought just that little bit more, food restriction and calorie and fat content took over my life!Now i am trapped in what feels like an empty void, im numb and all i can think about is when am i going to crack and eat more than 200 cals,or when im going to start my next fast. It was after watching your videos that for the first time in 5 years i can actually admit im not happy. I dont wanna feel like this and dont want to look like this. I actually LOOKED in the mirror this morning and truely seen myself and what i really look like, and i really didnt like what i seen. I made my very first appointment with a docter today, im going on friday im really scared but im ready!I really want to thank you because you have saved me. I dont know what it is but listening to you talk felt right..i believed you, i trusted you yet i have never met you. I truely am in debt to you, you have saved my life, i will never forget you and will message you to let you know how my recovery is goin.
Much love Ellie x x x
To learn more about Ana & Mia (aka Pro Anorexia and Pro Bulimia web sites, go here). Honest to god, when I stumbled on these sites, they stunned me. As a parent, I couldn’t sit back and do nothing, so here I am.
A few scary statistics for you to ponder:
“Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of cancer, nuclear war or losing their parents.” Lisa Berzins, Dying to be thin.
Over 50% of women say their body disgusts them (Dove Internal Study, 2002)
Some six year olds already don’t go to the beach because they feel they are too chubby, Suzie Orbach 2005
In Fiji, a country without the kind of media we are exposed to, 12 out of 100 girls are now bulimic. The culprit? US TV invated their space in 1998, and ever since girls state they are trying to emulate what they see on TV, Suzie Orbach 2005
How you can do your part:
Be very aware of how you speak about your body, and attractiveness around your daughters….they are hanging on your every word. Mothers are proven to be the most influential person in the lives of our girls.
Stop buying the fashion magazines that make you feel like you are not good enough.
Chuck your scale.
Make a donation to NEDA, in honor of our Leah, who passed away from anorexia earlier this month.