Boys get the awesome job of head lining some of Hollywood’s greatest films, while girls pine away for the chance to be models, the most objectifying profession. In this short done by ABC, they showcase the insane standards required in order to become a model. The girls must be young, tall and thin, the latter the most important as in the piece two very scrawny girls get cut because they aren’t “thin enough”.
While watching this, I not only was perturbed by how thin these girls were and how little they were allowed to eat, but also by how young they were. Some were as young as 13 or 14 when they were discovered, and yet they are wearing clothes and posing in ways that are inappropriate and mature for young teens. This technically makes most men border-line pedophiles as I can imagine them being used as, ahem, inspiration for “stress relieving activities”.
It is also a bit odd that children are trying to sell clothing to adult women. Children whose bodies aren’t fully developed, but are also extremely thin to begin with, an issue most 20 to 30- something women struggle with.
The media portrays the life of a model as glamorous; full of wealth, great clothes and travel. But, all I see is the deprivation of food, education (most forgo post secondary in order to pursue their career) and most importantly, a proper childhood. Imagine being thirteen years old and being told by adults that you are too fat, your nose is not quite right and that you are too short despite the fact that you haven’t finished growing yet. Oh wait. This phenomenon happens to EVERYONE. Whether you are a model or the girl next store, society and the media are forever telling women, young and old, that they are imperfect whether it be as an agent , a picture in a magazine or when they showcase rail thin, big busted, pouty lipped, full haired women in movies and television.
Young girls need to be given options when it comes to being “famous” where currently the only choices are model or eye candy in films/television.