There’s a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way. That pressure is more intense if a young woman wants any kind of career in the entertainment industry. More and more fashion designers and ad companies are taking a different approach and hiring models who don’t follow the traditional fashion standards of being 5’10 and a size 0. Even though this is progress, it’s a slow one.
There are far too many girls who enter high school completely confident in their own skin and within a matter of months, they feel inadequate and awkward. Some start altering their appearance to “fit in” while others withdrawal into themselves.
In extreme cases, girls in search of the perfect body do extreme things to achieve them like starve themselves. Thankfully, eating disorders are taken a lot more seriously now than they were even just a decade ago and young women are getting the help they need to overcome them.
But for those young women pursuing a job in the fashion or film industry, they feel they have to do whatever it takes to look like the women they see in the pages of magazines.
Head to the next page for one Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model’s story…