Since the beginning of Raw Beauty Talks last year, I have been a huge supporter and advocate of their work. Their mission is to help women, especially young girls, feel confident. Ultimately, their mission resonates with me, because I have three daughters and my mission with Styling the Inside, is to help others live a life that feels good within. Decreased confidence, low-self esteem and poor body image, increase a person’s risk of struggling with mental health issues, such as anxiety, eating disorders, and depression.
I have three confident daughters. Presently, they’re content with their bodies. However, over time, these feelings of confidence, may decrease. These changes can occur for many reasons. One reason in particular, is because of the Photoshop images they see in media. These images can have serious effects on women and young girls, in turn, making them feel ashamed about their body image. Photoshop images of women in media set an unattainable standard of beauty. Unfortunately, this is creating a society of young girls that are becoming less comfortable in their own skin, and more comfortable, filtering and photoshopping their personal images.
Raw Beauty Talks wants us to work together to create change. Today, they launched a campaign with a petition called #LessIsMore. This petition is asking magazines to reduce the amount of Photoshop they use on their images that feature women, and men.
Here are some statistics that show the negative effects these images have on women, and young girls:
- 69% of girls reported that magazine models influence their idea of the perfect body shape, yet the body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females. (USA Today, The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders)
- “47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.” (Prevention of Eating Problems with Elementary Children)
- “From 2006 to 2013, the rate of females admitted to hospital in Canada for an eating disorder was stable, with one striking exception: among 10- to 19-year-olds, the rate increased by 42 per cent over the last two years.” (Canadian Health Institute)