Glamour magazine is featuring articles on what the fashion industry, cosmetics publicists and media are calling “real beauty;” the concept that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. The following is a letter I submitted to Glamor regarding their campaign.
While applauding your efforts to convey that beauty is not limited to some standard ideal through pieces on “real beauty”, the messages fall flat when waif thin models continue to dominate the pages between the articles. Without an entire magazine, from articles to advertisements, embracing the different shapes and sizes we all possess, efforts are nothing more then an attempt to shield the publication from litigation aimed at battling the eating disorder epidemic. Until advertisers acknowledge a wider variety of body types, and writers place more efforts on messages that convey to young women that “it’s what is on the inside that counts,” we will continue to see the emotional and physical issues that arise with poor body image and low self-esteem.