(AND HOW GIRLS LOOK UP TO THEM)
The world of fashion has always been filled with glamour and glitz and perfection. Celebrities and models being surrounded by the paparazzi almost everyday of their lives and being present at the most prestigious functions, not to forget being featured on the covers of those oh-so-glossy fashion magazines and billboards all over town. Lifestyles of the rich and famous – something that every pre-teen and teenage girl wants. Flipping through fashion magazines and seeing these young women being clad in the most beautiful dresses and looking their best, with their hair and makeup and features that are sculpted to perfection, catch the attention of almost 90% of these girls and that’s when they decide that they want to be that girl on the cover of their favourite magazine. But there is one very alarming and dangerous fact that they overlook – most of these models end up being anorexic. The fashion industry has become more aware of anorexic models and the dangers of anorexia nervosa within this business. Like others who suffer from anorexia, an anorexic model develops fears over becoming fat and loosing jobs. And this is a valid fear; many models have been told by managers that they need to lose weight in order to keep working. The disease may start out innocently enough – with just harsh dieting, intense exercise, and/or the use of laxatives. Over time, however, the person’s self image gets distorted. They always see themselves as too fat for success and continue the unhealthy behaviours.
Anorexic models are common on catwalks where the pressure to fit into zero size outfits seems intense. As time goes on, an anorexic model may become very weak, develop a variety of health issues, and also show serious signs of depression. Eventually, anorexia nervosa can lead to death. Sadly, many fashion designers deny that anorexia is a problem.
It’s important to understand that anyone can become anorexic. It’s just that...