Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You are NOT a sketch

Hey guys.

Today I'm going to be blogging about a serious topic which is affecting girls today. This is the theme of my art project and I found a campaign which I wanted to share with y'all. The meaning behind this is really strong and I feel that all girls should be aware of this.

This campaign is fighting anorexia which is mainly caused by certain aspects of the media and fashion industry. Models today are 20% thinner than they were in the 2000's. Why is this? It is normal today to feel unperfect or ugly just because they do not look like models. But who are you to define what is perfect? And who are you to define what is not perfect?

When a teenage girl looks into a magazine, she subconsciously thinks that the images there are a mirror image of how she is supposed to look like. Additionally, fashion designers are designing clothes for thinner and thinner frames and some size zero models are not considered thin enough! Is thin: bones sticking out, vomiting after eating and having sallow unhealthy skin? 

The "You are Not a Sketch" campaign fights anorexia (e.g. anorexia nervosa and bulimia). On the right is a fashion design sketch which looks beautiful and shows the "perfect" shape. However if you change that sketch into an actual image, notice how horrifying and sickly this poor girl looks. Her bones are almost popping out of her skin. Her waist is almost half of her hips!

These images are so powerful as they can express to you what words cannot. After all you can interpret an image in any way you want. 

We all have doubts and insecurities about our own body. Sure I would like to have smaller thighs and a flatter stomach. Yes I would like to invent something that melts fat. But please do not fall to these desperate measures. Do not fall down the rabbit hole. Please do not starve yourself. Everyone is beautiful the way they are. We have to embrace who we are and flaunt it. 

Yes it might take time. But there is a lot of time in life. It's just takes one step at a time. Every morning just repeating to yourself, "I AM BEAUTIFUL" will make a difference. Believe in it. Believe in you. If you don't stick up for yourself, who will?
If we want to change how our society thinks, the time is now.

lots of hugs,

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for writing this post. I really liked it a felt I could connect to it. It truly made my day(no jokes).