Stop Photoshopped Ads From Hurting Our Kids: FTC, Act on H.R.4445

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megan crow
5 years ago
i struggled with my body image all through high school and still do at times

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Hermella Kebede
5 years ago
I too am particularly affected by damaging ads.

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Anna F
5 years ago
As a working model in New York City, my eyes have been opened to the advertising process and how the bodies of healthy women are contorted into society's idealistic representations of beauty.
Many models are truly inspiring women and men who are simply trying to voice their own activism and passions through their exposure in the media. We all have to pay the bills and unfortunately many healthy and fit models are blamed for the advertising instead of the companies. However, things are changing: companies like Aerie are doing great things in the world of fashion by accepting every body type and enforcing that acceptance through their advertisements.

It is obvious that the portrayal of perfect bodies and airbrushed faces all relates to consumerism. When we see a physically beautiful young woman laughing and wearing something sold in stores, we automatically want to buy it because our culture suggests that it will provide happiness. But when that temporary happiness fades away, we are provoked to buy more and more and turn to these superficial advertisements for brief moments of self-indulged happiness.

This type of sale and advertising is leading us down a very destructive path, and not only for the minds of young woman and men approaching adolescence, but it is also incredibly destructive for the environment. Clothing sits in landfills for decades and emits toxic chemicals into the atmosphere...the fashion industry is the second most destructive on the planet.

There is room for massive change in the fashion industry. Its influence in youth culture to compare and obsess over perfection and detrimental impact to our Earth must end. Buy less, photoshop less.

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Nicole Chabot
5 years ago
I have a daughter and I am VERY concerned about the harmful images she is unwittingly seeing every single day.

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Linda Giangreco
5 years ago
Im 60 years old and I'm disgusted by the standards that not only I was fed via the media over the years but the new standards which are even a more inauthentic version/alteration of our bodies. Trust me, I was a buy-in and finally succumbed in 2003 so I know first hand the regret that can come with not believing your body is good enough for others to see and love and most importantly for me to cherish and love as is.

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Susan Jeffrey
5 years ago
The world has gone crazy with perfection. And it is harming our children's expectations. They think their skin is meant to be flawless and their hair is meant to move like silk. Movie stars are the worst at allowing false images of themselves completely airbrushed simply for money and vanity gain. No wonder so many children are on antidepressants. They can't deal with their reality.

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Yamilex Escoto
5 years ago
I had a eating disorder because I saw all these skinny girls saying I was fat

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Jessica Feero
5 years ago
Our beauty standards should be realistically obtainable

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alexis lucero
5 years ago
I believe girls should not look up to unrealistic standards

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Will Purdum
5 years ago
I want to help!