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The Skinny on Models

Posted on 2007.05.09 at 16:02
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Here’s some happy news. Hopefully, this is not a short-lived anomaly. Here’s the opening paragraph:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch consumer products company Unilever NV decided to ban super-slim models and actors from its advertising, joining growing global ambitions to fight eating disorders such as anorexia…

For the complete article, click here!


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onceupon at 2007-05-09 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
I actually object to bans like this because it creates the idea that ALL skinny people must be anorexic and further limits the types of bodies that we see in the media represented as acceptable. Like, the answer is not to further narrow the definition of an "acceptable body," the answer is to widen that definition.

On first blush, bans like this sound great because we'll at least see fewer of the really thin models. But we won't see models that are any larger, you know?
charlesofcamden at 2007-05-09 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
I certainly agree with the theory behind your sentiments! Having said that, I still regard this item as good news. No, it isn't the ideal answer; nowhere near it, in fact. But being as a true victory in that war is nowhere in sight, I'll gladly take anything that moves the needle off the far end of the spectrum. And after all, no matter what Unilever does, the ideal of the anorexic female isn't going to disappear anytime soon, so any voice that doesn't agree with that will have the effect of broadening the notion of what is acceptable. Thanks for the input!
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