Fighting Negative Body Image In Girls

(Reblogged from my old blog- 2019)

I saw this picture on Facebook the other day (created by Harpy Images) and it made my heart hurt. I remember all too well how it felt to hate my body when I was younger. How it felt to look at the pictures of models in magazines feeling like I could never be beautiful because I didn’t look like that. I remember sticking my fingers down my throat to throw up the meal I had just eaten because I didn’t dare gain an ounce of weight.

All because of some image in a magazine that had been photoshopped to meet a standard of beauty no one could possibly ever live up to.

One would hope that as a society we would be past this by now. As more women take their place as photographers, magazine editors, movie directors, and authors, you would think we would change these unrealistic beauty standards. You would think we’d make more of an effort to show the young girls of the next generation that beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors. That we would be working hard to prevent the emotional harm that was done to us as young girls. Instead we continue the trend and raise a new generation of girls who hate their bodies. It’s time for it to stop!

It’s time for photographers to showcase real pictures of real women. It’s time for magazines to use models of all sizes. It’s time for movies to show actresses that don’t have a “perfect” body but are perfect none the less. And it’s time for authors, especially those of us who write for young girls, to create characters that come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. And not just as the best friend or the sidekick but as the heroine of the story. It’s time for us to make a difference and stop the emotional abuse we do to young girls. It’s time to heal the hurt and teach them to LOVE their bodies, regardless of what size those bodies are. It’s time to make a change!

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