Stop killing our daughters by hiring anorexic models, US modeling agencies!
  • Petitioning America's top modeling agencies

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Wilhemina Models
America's top modeling agencies
Ford Modeling agency
Stop Hiring Anorexic Models
Elite Models
Stop Hiring Anorexic Models

Stop killing our daughters by hiring anorexic models, US modeling agencies!

    1. Debra Poulsen
    2. Petition by

      Debra Poulsen

      LA, CA

MY DAUGHTER'S FRIEND IS ONLY ELEVEN YEARS OLD.SHE WAS RECENTLY HOSPITALIZED FOR ANOREXIA. I AM A RECOVERING ANOREXIC.

THE START IF IT ALL WAS A MAGAZINE AD OF KATE MOSS WITH ALL OF HER RIBS SHOWING. SHE WAS THE LATEST, ICON OF BEAUTY FOR WOMEN. MY FRIEND AND I PUT THE PICTURE ON THE REFRIGERATOR, AND VOWED TO LOOK JUST LIKE HER. WE ACCOMPLISHED OUR GOAL, AND NEARLY KILLED OURSELVES IN THE PROCESS.

I STILL BATTLE THE MEDIA'S IMAGES TO BE ANOREXIC.AS A MODEL MYSELF, I MUST BE A SIZE 4 TO BE HIRED BY A TOP AGENCY. . AT 5'11" THAT PUTS ME AT A DANGEROUSLY LOW WEIGHT. 

PLEASE HELP STOP KILLING OUR  GIRLS, AND WOMEN, AND SIGN MY PETITION

Recent signatures

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    1. almost 200 supporters!

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      The people at change.org said that the first 100 signatures are the hardest to get. We have almost doubled that. Share and care--let's get some healthy curves out there! We are really on a roll now thanks to you and your friends. I can't wait to see the day that anorexics are seeking treatment ( only one in 100 usually do), and the ads we see look like healthy, happy role models for our children, and all US people. The pressure to look like a stick figure will be lessened significantly. Our petition will help save lives, and boost self - esteem nationwide. :) I am excited, and optimistic. I hope you are too.

    2. Get help NOW! Anorexia is commonly fatal!

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      My best suggestion for anoretics that can not afford treatment, is to go to an emergency room to be assessed and stabilized ( especially in the latter stages of the disease). Do it NOW, call 911. This disease is fatal!

      If you are an anoreitc who's not in a life threatening state ( earlier stages, or recover stages) attend some OA** ( Overeaters Anonymous) or EDA. (Eating Disorders Anonymous) meetings.. These 12 step-based programs can be very helpful in finding other resources for help, meeting fellow sufferers, connecting with kindred spirits, creating friendships, and arresting the disease.

      * Anoretic is the correct spelling here. The word is the noun form of the disease anorexia.

      **Overeaters Anoymous - help for ALL eating disorders.

    3. Please read the actual letter to the agencies ( below capitalized petition)

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      The existing version in the capital letters is the shortened version. it doesn't fully address the problem of America's modeling agencies hiring anorexic models.
      Please read the real letter, which is below the capitalized version, and addressed directly towards modeling agencies in America. If you click on "read more" if will really show more of the details, and scope of this problem, and why it is "... killing our daughters."

      By the way, men suffer too. The numbers of men, and boys with anorexia is climbing at an alarming rate. I believe this is partially due to the media. As with females Anorexia is a highly complex, multifaceted issue with many causes. I also believe men are feeling more safe to "come out" so to speak., and admit they have anorexia, or they are seeking treatment more often.

      Another frustrating component of this disease, is that most anoretics* don't seek help, or if they do it's so costly that many who finally seek help are unable to afford..

    4. Thank you to everyone of my friends that have signed this petition

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      stop hiring anorexic models, modeling agencies! Did you know that a few years ago, a model dropped dead right there on the catwalk due to anorexia. She was 89 pounds and 5'10", and allowed to keep working by her agency in this condition!

    5. We have reached over 100 signatures!

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      Parents, and everybody..beware of "pro ana" sites, they are deadly! That is a great petition to start..to ban pro anorexic websites. They help teach each other to be anorexia, how to fool your doctor, how to hide it from your parents, and encourage each other in their disease to loose more, and more weight. They exchange photos of severely anorexic female, and males and promote these deathly ill people as the goal, the ideal.
      Please ask your friends to sign our petition. We have made it past the hardest part--the first 100 signatures,. Spread the word , and make others aware! Lets get some healthy curves out there!

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Thank you to our new signees..beware of pro ana websites...they are deadly

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      We are creeping towards 100 votes. That's huge. I apologize for my meltdown on facebook last night. I am so passionate about this petition that sometimes I get discouraged. I will NOT give up on it, or on life. I have severe depression, and it reared its ugly head last night.
      The anorexic voices inside my head got to me too. It's a tenacious disorder. I tried to admit myself to an eating disorder hospital last night, but with Medi-cal insurance, couldn't find one. But that's another petition, another time.
      I discovered a Facebook page which is very helpful called "anorexia." It is pro recovery. Beware...don't let your children go onto "pro ana" or pro anorexia websites. They are huge right now, more popular than anti anorexia,and pr recovery sites by a huge margin. These sites are deadly. They tell you kids how to trick their parents and doctors into believing they don't have an eating disorder. People, and kids, exchange tips on how to starve yourself!

    8. VOGUE MAGAZINE IS MAKING NEW RULES

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      THE NEW RULES" VOGUE" (IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES )PLANS TO PUT INTO ACTION ARE WONDERFUL NEWS FOR ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS. THEY PLAN TO NOT HIRE MODELS WHO APPEAR TO HAVE AN EATING DISORDER ( INCLUDING ANOREXIA), ARE TOO SKINNY, OR UNDER AGE 16.

      IF THESE RULES STICK, WOMEN WILL HAVE HEALTHIER IMAGES OF BEAUTY IN THE MEDIA, JUST AS MY PETITION ASKS FOR! THEY WILL ALSO SAVE YOUNG GIRLS FROM MISSING OUT ON A REGULAR CHILDHOOD, KEEPING THEM OUT OF THE OFTEN DANGEROUS MODELING WORLD. THIS IS A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! WHAT A VICTORY! HORRAY! ANOREXIC MODELS WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO BE HOSPITALIZED,( RIGHT NOW ONLY 1 IN 10 ANOREXICS SEEK TREATMENT) INSTEAD OF SPREAD ACROSS THE PAGES OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP FASHION MAGAZINES. LET'S HOPE, AND PRAY THAT THEY STICK TO THE RULES.

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. I just revised the petition letter

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      i believe this version is a stronger petition, and will garner more signatures. I have included more details of my battle with anorexia, and more facts about anorexia and the media.

    11. A writer for Italian Vogue magazine is interested in this petition

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      She has more influence, and power than I do. Her petition is against pro ana websites. These pro anorexia websites enable girls of any age to discuss how to become anorexic. Topics like "How to fool your parents" that you are not engaging in dangerous eating disorder behaviors, and "how to fool your doctor" are common topics online. signed her petition, and sent her a link for ours. I will add her link ASAP. Join me on my facebook page to see it, and other related links.

    12. I am speaking today with MS. Ohio

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      She can help spread the word for us about this petition.

      I changed part of the petition title as to not single out two specific modeling agencies..to "American modeling agencies..." I did this because I am hoping this will become a nationwide law eventually..--to not allow American modeling agencies to hire anorexic models. period.

    13. Here is the link to the video I mentioned below with my late spokesmodel

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      On a shockingly candid appearance with the late Isabelle Caro,Jessica Simpson is brought to tears.
      This is Isabelle's dying testament that skinnier is not always more beautiful.

    14. The model I am using as the photo for my campaign is Isabelle Caro.

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      Isabelle was 59 pounds when this photo was taken. She was STILL WORKING IN THE HIGH FASHION INDUSTRY WHEN THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN! i NEED TO VERIFY HER HEIGHT, BUT 5'10" AND UP IS IDEAL, 5'9" IS THE SHORTEST ALLOWED FOR HIGH FASHION MODELING AGENCIES.
      Sadly, she recently died at the age of 28.
      When she first began modeling, the agencies told her to lose 20 kilos.....KILOS, not pounds. She said, in an interview with Jessica Simpson that none of the agencies she worked for told her she should gain weight, or go to the hospital ."They are used to working with skinny models." She said.

      I will post a link to this video....see for yourself what they get away with. ask yourself if you would like your daughter, sister, or friend to try to look like herI

    15. YIPPEE, WE NOW HAVE 46 SIGNATURES

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      A FEW DAYS AGO, WE ONLY HAD TWO SUPPORTERS. A COUPLE DAYS LATER, WE HAD 25. WE CAN HELP SAVE LIVES, AND OUR DAUGHTERS SELF- ESTEEM WITH THIS PETITION.
      NOW THE 25 SUPPORTERS ALMOST DOUBLED OVER NIGHT! I MIGHT CHANGE THE PHOTO. IT IS SCARY,...The truth may be too hard to take. The photo is of Isabelle Caro.
      Isabelle was working in this condition as a model in Europe. At the same time she was trying to help fellow anorexics. Unfortunately, she died. Anorexia is a fatal disorder.

    16. Reached 25 signatures
    17. Need to ask a question or provide feedback?

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      my email is debralatutor@gmail.com for more info. or questions

    18. We only have 16 signatures. It's a start, but we can do much better!

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      Facebook is not allowing me to share with friends...some glitch.

    19. My story is not rare. Unfortunately anorexia is increasingly common.

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      The ads are targeting younger, and younger women with anorexic ideals of beauty. Anorexia is now considered a psychological disorder.. Among psychological disorders ,anorexia is now the leading cause of death ( above suicide ) for young women.
      Don't let your daughter, or loved one become inundated with these unrealistic, dangerous depictions of beauty. Please help, and sign. Spread the word to stop the top modeling agencies in America from hiring anorexic models.

    20. I emailed The White House last night, and Michelle Obama today

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      This could really help spread the word..Michelle Obama has so much power and influence. She cares about women's issues. let's see what happens! Thanks so much to those of you who have signed so far. I believe this is the begining of something great! God bless, and Happy Mother's Day to all Moms.

    21. Reached 10 signatures
    22. Yipee, we have our first supporter of this vital petition. That makes two

      Debra Poulsen
      Petition Organizer

      This is how it all starts. Hopefully she will ask her friends on Facebook to sign, and they will ask their friends, and so on and so on!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cara Floyd TITUSVILLE, FL
      • 4 months ago

      This is so important! Young girls these days think its normal to harm themselves just to feel "beautiful" and look like the girls in magazines ! NEWS FLASH: The girls in magazines dont even look like that in real life. The average size is actually 14 not 00 like the models are.

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    • anakaren de la torre MIRA LOMA, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Skinny isn't the only beauty.

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    • Pauline Figarelli MADISON, NJ
      • 7 months ago

      its not fair to our nations youth...people should realize that curvy girls are beautiful too

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    • theresa freeman ST PAUL, MN
      • 9 months ago

      because I myself have had an eating disorder and want girls and boys to know that they don't need to look like magazines to be beautiful. God made us for a reason and it sure in hell wasn't to petty ourselves. (:

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    • Nina Goodall CANTERBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I am currently writing a feature on the negative effects of modelling

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