Survey Says Models (Still) Make Girls Feel Pressure To Be Thin

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A recent online survey taken by 1,000 girls ages 13 through 17 for the Girl Scouts of the USA finds that "almost nine in 10 American teenage girls say they feel pressured by the fashion and media industries to be skinny." Um...duh.

Didn't we already know this? Of course girls feel pressure with unhealthy models walking the runways and Photoshopped celebrities appearing on magazine covers. Computers make every pimple and ounce of cellulite magically disappear, but that's obviously not the case in real life.

The survey also reports that "more than 80 percent of teen girls said they would rather see natural photos of models rather than pictures that had been digitally altered or enhanced."
Celebrities agree and are stepping up to show just how unachievable and fake these images are. Jessica Simpson is on the cover of Marie Claire wearing no makeup, Britney Spears is showing fans her unretouched Candie's ad that points out how much her body was digitally slimmed down, and Kim Kardashian ditches any computer touch-ups for her spread in Harper's Bazaar.

One sorta surprising stat from the study is that 75 percent of girls say they would be more likely to buy clothes that they see on real-size models than on women who are skinny. How do you feel?



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