Tonight I was watching American Idol on TV when I heard a girl singing so badly that I burst out laughing. Obviously it was a “no” from all the three judges (Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson). She didn’t take it very well and she started saying that it was a “no” only because she wasn’t as skinny as the other contestants. I looked at her. She was not fat. She was “roundish” but not obese.
What she said made me suddenly sad and I thought about the stereotypes of beauty we see on Tv or in magazines every single day. Is it the society’s fault? Or is the power of images? I’m a journalist and I know very well how much important the words are.
A few months ago I read some articles and watched videos about Isabelle Caro. She was a French model who became well-known after appearing in a controversial ad campaign by the Italian photografer Oliviero Toscani. This campaign was called “No Anorexia” and showed Isabelle with visible bones under her skin. She died on 17 November 2010 at the age of 28. She had been fighting a lot not only for her life but also to raise awareness among girls about anorexia.
Remember: weight MUST NOT be an obsession.
I think that sometimes people strongly need and want conformity in order to feel “normal” and to be accepted. I admire people who lose weight not because they are singers or actresses and have to appear beautiful in some way, but because they want to be healthier. Don’t try to imitate a person because she’s skinny. Don’t imitate others at all but allow people you admire to motivate you. Just be yourself because you are unique.
I’m proud of myself because I’ve been able to surround me with such successful and positive people.
I highly recommend you to do the same.