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Vogue eager to make an issue of 'real' women

Vogue eager to make an issue of 'real' women | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
THIS month marks the first anniversary of international Vogue editors signing a health initiative to promote positive body image within their pages.

In an example of the fashion world thinking globally and acting locally, Vogue Australia editor Edwina McCann has already knocked back a number of models for being too thin.

And on Monday she will launch her June edition, dubbed the Body Issue, focusing on exercise, nutrition and models of a range of sizes and ages.

This includes a swimwear shoot with New York-based Australian plus-size model Robyn Lawley, who has previously featured on the cover of Vogue Italia.

McCann said yesterday: "In the magazine we're moving away from those very young, very thin girls. A year down the track, we ask ourselves what can Vogue do about it? And an issue like this is what we can do about it. If I was aware of a girl being ill on a photo shoot I wouldn't allow that shoot to go ahead, or if a girl had an eating disorder I would not shoot her."

McCann said she had just recast two models in an international shoot because the digital photographs sent through showed they were too thin.

Sarah Spence, national communications manager for the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders, applauded the ongoing Vogue health initiative, but believed it needed to go further.

"It shows they are taking steps in the right direction to create a greater awareness of body shapes and sizes," Ms Spence said. "But we would recommend that they take stronger steps so that the culture in our society that is so prevalent, that values one body shape and size, can change."

The Butterfly Foundation supports the voluntary industry code of conduct on body image launched by the federal government's National Advisory Group on Body Image in 2010.

The code suggests the use of a wider range of sizes, shapes and ethnicities in the fashion, media and advertising industries.

"The situation won't change overnight," Ms Spence said. "It will involve an ongoing conversation between the media and fashion industries to overcome the very ingrained thoughts and culture that says if you're not one body shape, size or ethnicity you're not valued."

Lawley saw herself as a positive role model for young women.

"I hope that women can look at me and relate or feel better about their bodies," she said. "Too often we focus all our energy on diets instead of nutrition, I think it's better to be happy and content with your natural size."

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Chloe Parsons's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:07 PM

Vogue is now wanting to use different models in their magazines, in order to promote different bady shapes and sizes.

If teenagers girls read these magazines, the sterotypes of what our bodies should be like may be finally broken.

This campagin will promote that just because your body isnt the same size or you dont look the same as the models on the cover of magazines, it doesnt mean you are not valued.

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Am I fat?: The Daily Battle with Body Image.

Am I fat?: The Daily Battle with Body Image. | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
"Do I look fat in this?" "How do I get rid of saddlebags?" "How can I make my thighs look smaller?" These are all questions that regularly go through my mi ... (RT @pathtosanfran: Am I fat?: The Daily Battle with Body Image.
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Love Heals! - Huffington Post

Love Heals! - Huffington Post | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Love Heals!
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Self-love is key because when you love yourself, you are much more likely to engage in activities that contribute to better nutrition and physical fitness, and less likely to make unhealthy lifestyle choices.
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Love your body & your body will love you back! 

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Why our View of Body is Distorted - Student Voice

Why our View of Body is Distorted - Student Voice | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Accepting and loving yourself is the first step to creating a positive body image revolution; demonstrating love and care for yourself will inspire others to do the same for themselves. I understand that this is easier said than ...
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You don't realize how many of the pictures you see of perfect women are actually photoshopped.

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» 27 Things People With A Positive Body Image Know - Weightless

» 27 Things People With A Positive Body Image Know  - Weightless | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Here are truths that people with a positive body image know. The real stuff, not what you see in women's magazines or weight-loss ads. (http://t.co/81SPrNYYl1 #readthis!
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Pupils ready to launch body image campaign

Pupils ready to launch body image campaign | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
FOUR teenage girls who hope to change the attitude of York retailers to body image plan to launch their campaign in the New Year.
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Four young girls in the UK are making it their mission to spread positive body image. More people need to be doing things like this.

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Bobbie Thomas: 'Own, embrace and accept' your body - Today.com (blog)

Bobbie Thomas: 'Own, embrace and accept' your body - Today.com (blog) | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Bobbie Thomas: 'Own, embrace and accept' your body Today.com (blog) In our society, style is so connected to body image that it's almost impossible for a woman to look at a dress and not think of her figure simultaneously — therefore what's under...
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All women should be able to love their bodies! 

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Test yourself - Body image test

Test yourself - Body image test | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
The Body Shop once famously ran an advertising campaign which said that there were only seven people in the world that actually looked like supermodels.
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Here is an online test you can take to rate how good, or bad, your body image really is.

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Students speak out about TCU female body image - TCU 360

Students speak out about TCU female body image - TCU 360 | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Students speak out about TCU female body image
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They couldn't identify where exactly it came from— friends, the university's image, or campus organizations. It's just there.
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Thigh gap: What's behind a dangerous teen body image obsession - The Evening Sun

Thigh gap: What's behind a dangerous teen body image obsession - The Evening Sun | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Thigh gap: What's behind a dangerous teen body image obsession
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Women have long been bombarded with unrealistic images of beauty and digitally altered bodies.
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This article talks about one specific body image issue that is commonly occuring in teens. A "thigh gap" is something that many girls want but not many have. It was interesting to learn about how even young girls are affected by body image.

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Teaching girls to prioritise function over form for better body image

Teaching girls to prioritise function over form for better body image | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
The body is a gateway to experiencing and exploring the world. It’s the first thing people see when they look at us and it’s the canvas on which we express who we are.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This article helps you understand WHY girls have such big issues with body image. I really like the idea of looking at how our body functions rather than how it looks. 

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Secrets to having a positive body image

Secrets to having a positive body image | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Do you have a negative body image? It's time to stop focusing on the negative and learn how to accept, and even appreciate, the characteristics that make you different.
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This article is really helpful for people who have a negative body image. It gives you tips on how to think more positive things about yourself. 

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Celebrity Body Image Quotes That Inspire Us To Stop The Self-Hatred

Celebrity Body Image Quotes That Inspire Us To Stop The Self-Hatred | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Let's be real. We spend a lot of time critiquing ourselves and other women (read: celebrities). (Something for the weekend...a Positive Affirmation that Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. As Nikola...
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I thought this was a really cool article. It shows you quotes from actual celebrities that can help you with your body image. 

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How You Can Spot Body Image Issues in Your Teen - Daly Focus ...

How You Can Spot Body Image Issues in Your Teen - Daly Focus ... | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
She talked about warning signs, what's normal and what's not, and pointed out some resources that will help parents learn more about body image issues so often prevalent among young women. She also gives great advice ...
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Body image issues are very common but parents often don't realize how serious it is until it is too late.

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The body image installation that's getting a lot of attention

The body image installation that's getting a lot of attention | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
A Canadian eating disorder awareness group is rattling the cage of the fashion industry. (RT @DailyLifeAu: The AWESOME body image installation that's getting a lot of attention.
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Body Image Issues Put A Damper On Summer Fun - CBS Local

Body Image Issues Put A Damper On Summer Fun - CBS Local | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Body Image Issues Put A Damper On Summer Fun
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A third admit they have a “low” or “very low” body image.
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I picked this because  I believe that being worried about your body really does ruin your "summer fun"

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The Body Image Project

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The Body Image Project simply asks “when you look in the mirror, what do you see?” Do you embrace your physical appearance, or yearn for change? Do you accept your physical differences or take extreme measures in an attempt to change your body? How far are you willing to go to feel better about yourself? Are you happy?

Be honest. Be open. Express yourself without fear of judgment.

Through your words and shared thoughts, The Body Image Project will take an unflinching look at how women and girls perceive their bodies, allow individuals an opportunity to reveal their perceptions of their own self-image and explain how far some are willing to go to fit in.

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LOOK: H&M's Big Step Forward

LOOK: H&M's Big Step Forward | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
If you happen to be casually perusing the H&M website today, be sure to click over to the swimwear section. There you'll see a plus-size model, who Jezebel identified as Jennie Runk, modeling their standard beachwear collection without any fanfare.
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I love seeing companies using plus-size models. It is a much more realistic look and can help reduce the amount of girls with negative body images.

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Anti-Anorexia Ads Imagine If Real Women Looked Like Fashion Illustrations

Anti-Anorexia Ads Imagine If Real Women Looked Like Fashion Illustrations | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
In keeping with current trends, Brazilian modeling agency Star Models is using illustrations to address body image issues. But its effort is more grim and cautionary than Dove's hotly debated Real Beauty Sketches.

Via Kurt Frenier
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If real girls looked like fashion sketches....

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5 Factors That Foster a Positive Body Image - Weight Center - Everyday Health

5 Factors That Foster a Positive Body Image - Weight Center - Everyday Health | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
If the thought of swimsuit season makes you shudder, consider these five researched-backed ways to improve your body image.
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Dolls Without Make-Up: Toys Challenge Girls' Body Image

Dolls Without Make-Up: Toys Challenge Girls' Body Image | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Inspired by the viral image of Barbie without make-up that took the internet by storm last week, artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm has gone one step further by removing the make-up from a range of dolls.
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I found this article very interesting. It shows what Barbie dolls would look like with no make up on, which is a much more real look. 

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Eating disorders and body image - The Doings Hinsdale

Eating disorders and body image - The Doings Hinsdale | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
HINSDALE — Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, include extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.
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This gives some very interesting facts about eating disorders and how body image issues can lead to serious problems.

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emily t. wierenga: A Dare to Love Yourself: An 11-year-old girl talks ...

emily t. wierenga: A Dare to Love Yourself: An 11-year-old girl talks ... | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
Every Monday we're Daring to Love Ourselves, leading up to the release of my (Emily's) new book, Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy. Join us by linking up your own posts below, on how YOU ...
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I really liked this article. It shows a blog that an 11 year old has created and it is truly amazing at how such a young person can have such huge thoughts.

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Rachael takes anorexia battle into schools

Rachael takes anorexia battle into schools | Body Image: Teens in America | Scoop.it
A FORMER Great Sankey High School student is helping other pupils with mental health and body image issues after battling anorexia herself.
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