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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: 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?

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