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HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE BECOME MERE CLOTHES-HANGERS?

It's amazing what an old eighty-five year old like me reads about nowadays. This morning I was reflecting on what real beauty is, whether it is attainable, and how? During the week while on my evening stroll I saw young fifteen-year-olds heading off to celebrate the results of a state examination. My, oh my, a page or two from the evening newspaper would have over-dressed the young girls!

Apparently France has recently banned underweight girls and child models (under 16) being used on catwalks. Young people's health is now becoming a priority and will require a doctor's cert for those on catwalks.

What’s more, the new decrees will also affect the way models are perceived by the general public. Any digitally altered image destined for commercial use will have to be labelled with "retouched photograph".  Now we’ll know that the "perfect" image we see on the catwalk and in magazines is not quite what it seems.

In a society where a man's or a woman’s image has been reduced to a single aspect of the body, the youngest are the most vulnerable. Adolescents, especially those who don't have much self-esteem, want to identify. Our little imperfections are a reflection of our true selves. We can’t erase the parts we don’t like.

Comments

someone should comment - me?

maybe it's finally a step in the right direction
humans have always cared about how they look
it's the vestigial mammal in us - or maybe just left over from an avian existence
birds really do care about their plumage - the best plumage gets the girl

and young ones are so hormonal
it matters so much to them how they appear
(just like the birds)

when you get to be our age imperfections are just part of life
but you can't totally go by me
i still care about how i look lol : )

Edited at 2017-09-23 02:06 (UTC)
I'm in my 60's. I still care about how I look, and I still pay close attention to what I eat and how I exercise to keep looking the way I want and moving with ease.

I think for designs made for children, they need to be modeled by children. But the starvation aesthetic has been toned down, and that's a very good thing.

- Erulisse (one L)
It is sad that teenage girls (and even the pre-teens) feel so compelled to fit some unrealistic image. I blame Twiggy. But we've been buying into the marketing ploy by giving skinny women better ratings.

But it is cruel and too many young girls suffer eating disorders and depression because of something so ridiculous.

I am 59 so I can comment but little else.