I survived the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
So let’s talk about unrealistic standards.
We know that Photoshop’s always getting people into trouble. Altering images to make women more aesthetically pleasing has been f**king with men and women’s perception of beauty for quite some time now. Even my beloved Audrey Hepburn was retouched.
By now you’d think that women have learned to accept that we’re not all going to look like this:
While looking like lovely, emaciated giraffes isn’t in the cards for most women, for some unknown reason, we still tend to look to girls of this caliber to define “beautiful” for us.
I’ve done a lot of research on the terrifying world of online teenage eating disorder support groups, featuring girls sharing “thinspiration” and success stories. I suggest you check it out for yourself. Just a warning, this world is bizarre, twisted, and incredibly heartbreaking.
I’m asking you to look into this subculture to see the result- the serious impact- this kind of pressure has created.