Everywhere you look today you find newspaper, magazine, and television ads showing beautiful girls and women in elegant outfits, wearing the perfect accessories, with the perfect bodies, or at least perfect in the way the world views perfect to be. They are nothing but skin and bones, looking to the point of being anorexic, and the world sees this as the picture of perfection. What is worse is that our children view these models as being the picture of perfection, and I can’t help but wonder what message this sends out to our young daughters.
Many of our young daughters today view supermodels as being glamorous, rich, famous, and living a dream life surrounded by movie stars. But, our young daughters are not given the opportunity to see behind the scenes to learn what some of these supermodels put themselves through in order to get the high paying fame and fortune. All our children see is what the media shows as a way of portraying the perfect life.
Many supermodels have gone through or are still going through struggles with eating disorders, rigorous exercise regimens, plastic surgeries, and some abuse of drugs or alcohol to keep thin enough and beautiful enough to continue being a high paid famous supermodel. They will spend whatever they have to spend and do whatever they have to do in order to keep their fame. This is the side of supermodels that the media never shows to us or our children. I wonder how many young girls would still want to become a supermodel if they really knew what some of these women go through to hit stardom.
Society is teaching our children that they are not worth anything, that no one will ever want them, and that they will never succeed in life unless they look the way the supermodels do in these newspaper, magazine, and television ads. Our children are shown this every day and then we as parents wonder why our children suffer from eating disorders, relentless exercise routines, and sometimes get mixed up with drugs and alcohol. Some of our teenagers even start experimenting with sex at an earlier age to try and gain acceptance from their peers. And, now, this view is being passed down to our even younger children. For example, the show Toddlers and Tiara’s shows our babies being heavily made up with make-up, hair that is primped and teased, and hair sprayed until it is perfect, and dressed in sometimes provocative clothing. At 4 and 5 years of age, these little children are made to wear special fake teeth over the top of their own teeth to portray “perfect” teeth.
It is about time that we as parents start teaching our children that no one can have the perfect body, the perfect face, or the perfect hair. We were all made in different colors, shapes, and sizes and they need to see that they are perfect just the way they are, not the way the world views them.