I checked in on The Yahoo! Buzz Index every night to find that Victoria Beckham in the spotlight. Apparently, a mother who’s daughter died weighing 4 stones is blaming Victoria Beckham. Rosalind Jones died of heart failure, which was a result of her battle with Anorexia.
Ms. Jones said: “These girls and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham are very negative role models. Rosalind knew that but she wanted to be like them.”
The frail sickly think bodies of movie stars and celebrities are not new to the world. Nicole Richie and Lindsey Lohan have been inspirations for the “Thinspiration” A contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” was put in the spotlight for her eating behaviors. The list goes on and one and one.
There are groups that are trying to encourage a healthy body image. Bodyimagehealth.org is an organization that is trying to provide tools in promoting a better body image.
In Spain, models that had a body mass index of less than 18 were banned from working the runways. The country wants to promote a healthier body image to the teens that idolize models.
Elite Model Management is one of the best modeling agencies and they promote a healthy body image. Along with Elite, Ford Models, IMG, Q, and Wilhelmina all work with models that wear a 14-16.
Dove Personal Care Products believes in real beauty and uses people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages and sizes in their commercials.
I asked a group of friends about the mother blaming Victoria Beckham for her daughters’ death. I received a treasure chest of answers. Some of the men and women of the group don’t believe that the media will change. Film agents, Modeling agencies, Talent agents, Dance studios, and Magazine publishers will always require women to be thinner than the rest of society.
Some of the men and women of the group believe that the rest of the world will not follow in Spain’s footsteps. They believe that fashion designers prefer the models to be rail thin because of fabric costs.
Which in some cases, the argument about fabric costing less on a thinner woman does hold true. For example, a well-made shirt from a designer might cost $30 in retail. The same shirt would be double in price for someone who is of a larger chest size.
Some of the men and women of the group believe that the problem is with society. They blame the fact that society does not think for itself and gets to wrapped up in the media when it comes to fashion.
Some of the men and women of the group believe that parents are to blame. The group states that parents do not instill positive body images into their children. The parent does not remind the teen that the men and women in magazines have been primed and airbrushed to look the way they look.
Some of the men and women of the group believe that the magazines, fashion designers and stars will not change until society changes. They believe our mighty dollar bill is the only thing that will change the industry to promote healthier body images.
So I ask you? Who is to blame? Should modeling agents, fashion designers and stars be held responsible when teens die? Should magazine editors post the quote “models have had imperfections removed by airbrushing” in small print to remind teens that even models are not perfect. Should society begin to boycott the television shows, stars, magazines and fashion designers that do not promote a healthy body image?
I’m looking forward to reading your views and comments on the subject. Please be as honest as you can with this. Also please be profession with your responses, everyone has a point to make and there is no right or wrong answer.