Fashion Is Killing Women 's Body Image Of Themselves Essay

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“Fashion is killing women’s body image of themselves.” Zac Posen said it all in this quote. With the growing number of extremely thin models, there is also a growing number of women with eating disorders. Does the media contribute to this statistic? Everyday, thousands of images of women who are rail-thin are projected onto ordinary people as beautiful women. There is a larger discrepancy between models and ordinary women than there was ten to twenty-five years ago (Bennett). For example,
“Twenty-five years ago, the average female model weighed 8 percent less than the average American woman, according to researchers. Today, models weigh about 23 percent less than the average woman. Models are also leggier than before. Usually about 5 feet 10 inches tall, they are a good five inches taller than they were 10 years ago. Meanwhile, a typical woman is about 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 155 pounds, according to a 2004 SizeUSA study (Bennett).”
Some of the models are slightly bigger than they seem though. With advances in technology, more and more models are being photoshopped, and made to seem smaller than they are. But when kids see these models being almost revered for their size and then see themselves gaining weight, they may think something is wrong with them. Girls in particular are more susceptible, as they “internalize this form of self-criticism and say, 'I don 't look like that. ' But in reality, nobody looks like that (Bennett)." It’s this thought process that may…

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