I just went on a big long rampage on this story on WeAreTheRealDeal here (part 1) and here (part 2) , so I’ll give you guys a synopsis, along with some specific commentary I want to make specifically to this eating disordered community.
Here’s the gist of it:
1) Former Miss Universe, model Jennifer Hawkins poses on cover of Marie Claire.
2) Hawkins is commended by The Butterfly Association for her efforts to “raise awareness about eating disorders,” (how exactly, no one has been able to figure out).
3) Her unairbrushed photo* supposedly shows “a slightly dimpled thigh.” (I have yet to see it, so let’s do a Where’s Waldo to try and find it).
*a new concept in Magazine production where the model actually appears as a human being “as is.” No computerized program is used to eliminate any/all signs of life.
My point here is the following, which I need to spit out before I have a heart attack:
1) This model does not, in anyway whatsoever, represent the “normal, average” girl/woman — so don’t even START kidding yourself. We live in a demented world.
2) Why any eating disorder organization would make such commentary is totally beyond me. This pisses me off to no end, and I can not even imagine what those of you sitting there suffering with an eating disorder feel right now. I’ve sent this to The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) for their perspective, lets hope they have some common sense to share.
3) The model herself states, “its not like I am a stick figure” as a response to the controversy brewing over her seemingly perfect frame. Well, I’ve got news for you Jennifer, you are a toothpick, and the thought that you could make girls and women feel better about themselves by showing off your “flaws” is preposterous. So much so ,that I wonder about your state of mind since your statement makes me think that you likely have a distorted view of yourself (body dismorphia). Perhaps the Butterfly Foundation can help you.
4) If you take anything away from this babbly post here it is this. The magazine industry is completely wrong, just dead wrong, as is the vast majority of the fashion scene.
Their one and only goal each and every day is to trick you into thinking you are fat and ugly, so you buy a whole bunch of beauty crap with your hard earned cash.
You are perfectly fine exactly how you are, exactly how God made you, and don’t let anyone tell you any thing different.
The models on the covers of this magazine, and others 1) have an eating disorder 2) are on drugs 3) are part of the 1% of the population who are “naturally thin,” which does not last forever and is nothing to bank your life on.
Trust me on that one,