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
consider signing and spread the word. It can help save lives!
Stop Killing our Daughters American Modeling Agencies!
STOP HIRING ANOREXIC MODELS FOR RUNWAY AND MAGAZINE ADS.
I just signed the following petition addressed to: AMERICA'S TOP
MODELING AGENCIES ---------------- STOP HIRING ANOREXIC MODELS FOR
RUNWAY AND MAGAZINE ADS Friends,
My daughter's best friend is eleven years old. She was recently
hospitalized for anorexia. She wanted to be "pretty" like the models
in magazines, and on TV. She wouldn't even eat a gummy bear,( only
smell it) for fear that it would make her fat, and ugly. Each day in
the bathroom mirror she would stand next to my daughter scrutinizing
her body agonizing,"Arg, is today a fat day or a thin day?"
Unfortunately, her story is common.. Anorexia is now considered a
psychological disorder, and is one of the leading causes of death among
young women. The ads target younger and younger girls with unhealthy
images of women and girls .Using anorexic models in ad campaigns has to
stop! It all begins with the modeling agencies who hire anorexic
I just created a petition: "Stop killing our daughters modeling
agencies!," because I care deeply about this very important issue. I
am asking America's top modeling agencies to stop hiring anorexic
models. These images of pin thin models, proclaiming to be the ideal
of beauty, are dangerous, even deadly to our daughters, women, and
even men. I'm trying to collect 100000 signatures, and I could really
use your help.
To read more about what I'm trying to do and to sign my petition,
click here: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-killing-our-daughters-modeling-agencies?share_id=HihWGDHZvTpe=d2e
It'll just take a minute!
Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as
well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing
to spread the word!
My Story of Anorexia: I AM RECOVERING FROM ANOREXIA.. THE START IF IT
WAS A MAGAZINE AD OF KATE MOSS TOPLESS. ALL OF HER RIBS WERE
PROTRUDING ,EACH ONE CLEARLY VISIBLE. SHE WAS THE LATEST, ICON OF
BEAUTY FOR WOMEN .IT WAS 1992--THE HEY DAY OF THE "WAIF LOOK" AND
"HEROIN CHIC." EVERY GIRL I KNEW WANTED TO LOOK LIKE HER---SKIN AND
MY FRIEND AND I PUT THE PICTURE ON THE REFRIGERATOR, AND VOWED TO
LOOK JUST LIKE HER. WE BEGAN STARVING OURSELVES, AND WORKING OUT
FOR HOURS A DAY. WE ACCOMPLISHED OUR GOAL, NEARLY KILLED OURSELVES IN THE PROCESS. OUR FRIENDSHIP ALSO WAS RUINED.
NEAR THE END, I WAS EATING A FEW PIECES OF LETTUCE A DAY.THAT'S ALL.
MY PERIOD HAD STOPPED, AND I FAINTED ON A REGULAR BASIS. I COULDN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT. I'D LAY AWAKE ALL NIGHT FEELING MY BONES WITH MY HANDS, MAKING SURE MY HIP BONES STUCK OUT ENOUGH. I WAS ALWAYS SO COLD, AND STARVING!
IT WAS MISERABLE. PEOPLE BEGAN TO LOOK AT ME IN FEAR, OR DISGUST, TELLING ME TO "GO HOME AND EAT." SO I STAYED INSIDE MOST OF THE TIME.--ISOLATED, ALONE, LONELY. THE SCALE BECAME MY BEST FRIEND, AND WORST ENEMY. NO MATTER HOW MUCH WEIGHT I LOST, I STILL FELT FAT, AND SAW A CHUBBY GIRL STARING BACK AT ME IN THE MIRROR.
NEEDLESS TO SAY BOTH OF US BECAME ANOREXIC. TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL LIKE THE ANOREXIC MODELS IN THOSE GLOSSY MAGAZINES..BOTH OF US NEARLY DIED. I WAS A SIZE 4 AND 5'11"-- JUST BARELY SKINNY ENOUGH FOR THE MODELING AGENCIES' REQUIREMENTS. BY THAT TIME, I WAS TOO SICK, AND WEAK TO MODEL ANYWAY, AND CONCENTRATED ON A LONG PAINFUL ROAD OF RECOVERY.
WE WERE 23--YEAR-OLD COLLEGE GRADUATES. IF THAT CAN HAPPEN TO US, IMAGINE THE IMPACT THESE MODELS HAVE ON YOUNG, IMPRESSIONABLE GIRLS!
TWENTY YEARS LATER, I AM A HEALTHY SIZE SEVEN. YET, I STILL BATTLE THE MEDIA'S POWERFUL IMAGES TO BE ANOREXIC. MODELS ARE SKINNIER THAN EVER. THE NUMBER OF ANOREXICS ARE RISING STEADILY.
AS A MODEL MYSELF, I DON'T HAVE AN AGENT, BUT HAVE FOUND MY OWN NICHE IN THE MODELING INDUSTRY. FOR MY SAKE, AND MY DAUGHTER'S i STICK WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO APPRECIATE CURVES.THERE ARE MANY.I DON'T GET PAID THE BIG BUCKS, BUT I BATTLE THE ANOREXIC VOICES, AND TRY TO BE A GOOD EXAMPLE.
TO BE SIGNED WITH A GOOD AGENCY i AM CONSIDERED TOO FAT. I MUST BE A SIZE 4 MAXIMUM TO WALK DOWN A RUNWAY, SIZE 6 IS PUSHING IT, BUT SOMETIMES ALLOWED FOR PRINT WORK, BUT NOT HIGH FASHION.( LIKE "VOGUE"). . 5' 9" IS THE MINIMUM HEIGHT REQUIREMENT.
I ASKED SEVERAL PROMINENT AMERICAN AGENCIES, "WHY DO I NEED TO BE A SIZE 4 , 2 ,0, 00, OR SMALLER TO MODEL RUNWAY, AND HIGH FASHION?" THEIR RESPONSE WAS 'SIZE 4 IS THE LARGEST SIZE THE CLOTHING SAMPLES ARE MADE.' THIS IS RIDICULOUS. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WOMAN IS SIZE 14, AND 5"6."( MARILYN MONROE WAS A SIZE 16).
PLEASE HELP GIVE OUR WOMEN, AND GIRLS SEE HEALTHIER IMAGES OF BEAUTY IN THE MEDIA.BY SIGNING MY PETITION. WE CAN HELP SAVE LIVES, AND CREATE. A STRONGER, HEALTHIER AMERICA.. OUR WOMEN AND GIRLS DESERVE IT TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL, JUST THE WAY THEY ARE, AND SEE WOMEN, AND GIRLS IN THE MAGAZINE ADS, WHO REFLECT MORE REALISTIC IMAGES OF BEAUTY.
THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS! ----------------
*Debra Ann Poulsen*