Thursday, February 24, 2011

“Accept everything about yourself; I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning of something wonderful – no apologies, no regrets. Love who you are.”
- Clark Moustakas

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Models...or skeletons?

I'm beginning to really hate the fashion industry and their models. We've all seen them in magazines, we've discussed their clothes or their weight, we've all envied them, and maybe some of us have even taken a liking to them. Models....or skeletons? I'm beginning to not see the difference. You see, there is so much pressure on models to be stick thin so that they are ultimately like "coat hangers" for fashion that many of them subcum to eating disorders or eating disordered habits.

What makes me angry is that these women (and possibly men) are glorified throughout the fashion industry and the media, and eventually the general public. But what are we really glorifying? We are basically glorifying images of sick and undernourished women. We are glorifying eating disorders. Unless the media, marketing, and the fashion industry introduce stricter guidelines to their images and for their models than we will continue to see, and love or hate, images of thin and underweight women for fashion.

And if you don't agree that we should have strict guidelines for fashion advertisements, let me pose you this question: What do those picture-perfect ideal-weight images demonstrate to young girls? That we need to be thin. We need to be perfect. We need to look good. We need to take care of our appearance. Let me tell you, that those messages should not - and cannot - be an individual's reality. These should not become young girls' priorities. Only with change can these messages be stopped.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Your name; Your future

I'm beginning to think that there is a strong correlation between an individual's name and how they develop. Have you ever noticed a similar trend? That all the girls called "Sarah" are those blonde-hair-blue-eye girl next girl types? Or that all the guys called Jack turn out to be the jocks?

I'm starting to think that your name can not only influence your personality or interests, but also your weight and eating habits. I think I can even prove it. Let's talk celebrities. Think of all the female celebrities called "Britney" or "Brittany." Immediately I think of Britney Spears, Brittany Murphy and Brittany Snow. Well those 3 ladies have all struggled with their weight in some way. We've all seen Britney Spears' weight fluctuate up and down throughout the years. She's tried diets and been successful; but she's also given up at stages and been criticized for being
flabby for her come-back shows. As for Brittany Murphy and Brittany Snow, both of them have suffered weight loss obsession and have even admitted to having an eating disorder. Do you see the pattern I'm talking about here? Don't believe me yet? How about famous "Kelly" or "Kellie." Both Kelly Clarkson and Kelly Osbourne have battled with weight problems over the years. And some magazines are reporting that the same thing is happening with the once slim Kellie Pickler.

There have been scientific studies which loosely explore a similar theory. Scientists believe that children are influenced by the social stigmas attached to these names. Research also showed certain names or nicknames such as calling a child "Junior" can create identity problems for children later in life.

Am I just being horrible here, or am I onto something?!