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A business or some form of movement that portrays teenagers in a realistic way; somewhat like Dove, except for teenagers.

So many clothing lines or beauty businesses set such unbelievable standards that is almost inhumanely possible to achieve. I have witnessed and personally felt the affect it has on people, specifically teenage girls. Companies like Hollister or Victoria Secrets focus so much on that perfect image society has created for women, and this "perfect image" is everywhere you look now. Girls cannot escape this image society has created for them. So what if a movement or company was started that solely focuses on portraying real girls. The clothing line obviously has to be in style, but the models they use can be regular girls off the street. No photoshop would be used, and girls of all body shapes can participate. It would encourage confidence and modesty (which you don't find in a lot of clothing lines these days). We can inspire girls to be confident, we can teach them that the image society imposes on us is not right, and encourage them to take a stand. Because no girl should feel like she is anything less than perfect because the images she see's on TV.

Im a 17 year old girl myself, but I am passionate about this topic, and will do everything in my power to make a change. If anyone has advice or guidance to share with me, I would be thrilled to listen to what you have to say.

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    Apr 29 2014: The images/models that the industry "invents" in a great brainless hurry are not just Imperfect - they are deformed and badly disproportioned. It seems to be impossble to see any sense, any sign of any grace or charm, or a spark of intelligence in those fashions for teens.

    Everything has been done to make kids look stupid and uncomfortable...

    I so wish to encourage teens to make their own clothing, independently from that stupidity inforced by the tasteless ideas, and choose their own personal looks while learning and growing up as unique individuals. Cheers Sarah!!
  • May 3 2014: People get bored. The young get more bored than the old. When the oil-wells dry up, if they want to wear clothes then they will have to make their own from recycled or their own fabric weaved from their own yarn grown in their own fields. Teenagers' clothes should reflect their energy including the energy to make, as Vera said, their own clothes. Or just one piece of clothing, a 'badge', and make it stand out by using recycled: a fad amongst kids to make their own denim jacket out of the least amount of old jeans - jeans that only come from their own homes and worn-out by their own kindred - an acknowledgment by youth that they are not going to f'ck it up like my generation.
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    Apr 28 2014: I definitely agree with you on this 100%. I can relate to the low levels of self-confidence you acquire by comparing yourself to ideal images.

    2nd grade is when I first started feeling self-conscious about my physical appearance. It was in 2nd grade that I asked my mother if I was ugly. She was shocked, and promptly kissed my forehead and said "No, hon. Never. You are gorgeous." I smiled at her in appreciation, but I knew she was lying. I knew she was lying because I looked nothing like my beautiful cousins or the pretty girls in my class, and because my grandpa never said, "What a gorgeous thing!" to me at family events even though he said it to all my other female kin.

    For some years in middle school I truly hated my physical appearance, and it really wore me down. Of course, middle school was awkward for everyone, but at the time, I considered it torturous. I didn't talk to many people in fear they'd judge me. I didn't like when others looked at me, and isolated myself in response. I dressed how other people did, even though the apparel was usually uncomfortable and made me miserable.

    I'm a sophomore now. I dress the way I want. I'm not afraid of people looking at me for too long. I have friends. I was lucky enough that I somehow snapped out of this self-deteriorating phase. (In truth, it was writing that lured me out of it. The confidence I acquired through writing slipped and slid through me, giving me just enough strength to lift my head up and see things other than my "flaws".)

    Perhaps other girls' confidence levels aren't socially-crippling, but you were right when you said that no girl should feel anything less than perfect. It's as if "perfection" has become mandatory in today's society. A girl should not only feel comfortable being herself, but blessed to be in the body she's been gifted with. I can only imagine how elated I would have felt to see average girls like me being deemed beautiful. I wonder how much sooner I would've transformed.
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    May 11 2014: Sarah, i'm thinking that just doing a copycat of the Dove campaign but now with teenagers might be too much, people might think it's too repetitive. Would there be another way to promote the values of the Dove campaign but in a different way practically speaking?
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    May 3 2014: Start your own movement - fashion. (I've done it in my teens - had a great success - but only for myself, unfortunately) Blessings.
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    Apr 29 2014: this seems like a very complex question, Sarah, I can see where you're coming from, but on the other hand, if you show young women who are already overweight in their teens might it be a little depressing, because if you're overweight in your teens it's like you've really given up and will be overweight all your life?

    I wonder if you would be interested in the Maasai diet I keep promoting, the Maasai are a tribe in Kenya who are famous for only living on products of the cow, beef and milk. In my case I emphasize the milk part, I have been more or less living on milk for the last five years, I am about six feet one inch and easily maintain at about 165 on this diet. Here are images of Maasai women: https://www.google.com/search?q=maasai+women&rlz=1T4FUJN_enUS508US509&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=16RfU837MsmQyAS7uIC4Cg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1093&bih=511
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      May 4 2014: Hi Greg,
      Sarah's idea was that they would allow normal girls of all body types to model without being photoshopped. Not neccesarily - "Get all overweight models instead of all skinny ones". She's saying that the modeling industry should be well-rounded and diverse, and not limit models to stick-thin girls that have beenphotoshopped. We should sand the sharp edges we've created for beauty so girls can stop beating themselves up over the fact that they aren't beautiful, because they truly are. They should know that and so should everyone else.

      Besides, if we inspire girls to be both confident and healthy (not just skinny) then that whole overweight situation you mentioned wouldn't be a problem. We need to advocate health first. Health, not beauty. "Perfect" models advocate beauty before health. There are so many girls who develop bulimia because they are spending so much time trying to be beautiful instead of healthy.

      Everyday models portray realism and truth, while perfect models hide it. I'd say we'd be closer to creating a health movement as well if we had realistic models rather than fake ones, because once Sarah's movement settled in, everyone would be thinking, "I'm beautiful- duh- I want to be healthy as well.." Right now the thought is just, "I could be more beautiful. I could be more healthy." That thought is self-destructive and unproductive. It makes staying healthy seem like a burden and another tool to find flaws within yourself when it should be viewed as life-changing and essential.
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        May 4 2014: no, I understood that she was looking for a variety. But, Charlie, the teen years are your most active years, if you're overweight in your teen years isn't it a little discouraging meaning that you'll probably be overweight the rest of your life, because you probably get less active as you age.

        I really don't know how much bulimia exists, my perception would be that it's a small percentage.

        I don't know that any models I see are stick-thin, although they are definitely slender. Can you post me an image of a stick-thin model? I would tend to think they are somewhat healthy, they are going out and getting modeling jobs anyway so they're not lying in bed as invalids.

        I maintain that my Maasai diet would be good for a girl's health, I live almost 100% on milk, and at six feet one inch I am 165. When I look in the mirror I look slender and healthy.
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          May 4 2014: This would be a grand opportunity to induce confidence in teens that maybe need more. We shouldn't exclude some people because you find them to be "depressing" or "discouraging".

          By stick-thin I was exaggerating. I meant skinny, of course, and then made disproportionate by photoshop.
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        May 5 2014: well, I didn't say i found them discouraging or depressing, i was ambiguous and just suggested that some might find them so. But maybe it is a good idea, it would be interesting to know if the Dove campaign had an effect on sales, did it raise them, lower them, leave them the same? But I don't see where other companies have used the Dove idea, have they, so why would that be?

        Is there a way to know if a photo has been photoshopped to make a model look more slender?
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        May 11 2014: charlie, i'm thinking that just doing a copycat of the Dove campaign but now with teenagers might be too much, people might think it's too repetitive. Would there be another way to promote the values of the Dove campaign but in a different way practically speaking?