Pressure to be Perfect – Celebrity Edition

 

The word ‘Celebrity’ stands for PERFECTION.

 

However, from a celebrities perspective, the STRESS IS ON for young celebrities to look thinner and sexier than ever before.

AND why is that?

Does it have something to do with the media?

Celebrities are constantly analyzed, compares and highlight if their bodies do not meet the standards and requirements of the industry. If a celebrity is seen as if they have gained some weight, the media over exaggerate by highlighting their out of control lifestyle until their life is back on track.

The shocking horror on a number of magazines’  front cover titled as “The Best and Worst Beach Bodies” or “Best and Worst Dress’ standing on the shelves at all major supermarkets places an enormous  amount of pressure on keeping and maintaining the perfect body.

But we must keep in mind these celebrities are humans too. They have feelings!

At an undying amount of stress and pressure these celebrities go through day in day out has lead to major medical issues such as eating disorder and in the worse case, turning to illegal drugs to numb the pain.

A classic example would be Mary-Kate Olsen Mary-Kate Olsen was taken into care with eating disorder in 2004 due to the pressure to be prefect. Photos from recent months before admission showed “alarmingly thin girl with stick legs and sharp shoulder blades.”

Many other celebrities have highlighted the influence of media such that Jessica Simpson stated the influence of celebrity idols during her younger days and the pressure to be perfect in society and to look like the front cover magazine model.

A.L.

 

Storify. (2016). Celebrities and Teens on the Pressure to Be Perfect (with images) · finleyja. [online] Available at: https://storify.com/finleyja/quest-for-perfection [Accessed 9 Sep. 2016].

People.com. (2016). Pressure to Be Perfect : People.com. [online] Available at: http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20150641,00.html [Accessed 9 Sep. 2016].

 

Pressure to be Perfect – Teens Perspective

“I wish I was taller.” “If only I was a little shorter.” “I want to have a thigh gap.” “I have a double chin.” “If only my teeth were straight.” “If only my hair was curly/straight, longer legs, I’ll look so much better those jeans”Does this sound familiar?

Does this sound familiar?

Mission Australia highlighted in the Youth Survey: Mental Health Report that over the past 3 years body image has been a top concern amongst teens.

Being a teenager may be one of the difficult periods for a youngster as their brain is maturing and body is developing. They’re not alone!  The idea of being perfect is stressful because it is straight out unreachable! placing a negative impact on their self-esteem and the importance of body image.

The idea of being perfect is stressful because it is straight out unreachable! This is causing a negative impact on their self-esteem and raising the question whether educating young adults the importances of healthy body image and how to achieve positive views is extremely needed in our schools.

The close link between body image and self-esteem can be influenced by many issues, however, our focus is on the power of media.

Young teenagers are constantly bombarded with images and posts from magazines, social media and other media outlets with nearly perfect human beings. The presentation of these individuals on different medium platforms has placed a huge impact on how youth looks and how they fit in within their social circle inside and outside of school.

The pressure teenagers received has led to mental health issues such that dissatisfaction with their body and body shaming themselves, participate in unhealthy eating habits and alienating themselves from their peers.

A.L.

Storify. (2016). Celebrities and Teens on the Pressure to Be Perfect (with images) · finleyja. [online] Available at: https://storify.com/finleyja/quest-for-perfection [Accessed 9 Sep. 2016].

Rethinkbeauty.weebly.com. (2016). Effects of Media Pressure – The ReThink Beauty Campaign. [online] Available at: http://rethinkbeauty.weebly.com/effects-of-media-pressure.html [Accessed 7 Sep. 2016].

Kidshealth.org. (2016). KidsHealth.org Search : mental_health_teenagers. [online] Available at: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/body-image.html http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/mental_health_teenagers.html [Accessed 8 Sep. 2016].

Raisingchildren.net.au. (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in adolescence: an overview | Raising Children Network. [online] Available at: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/mental_health_teenagers.html [Accessed 9 Sep. 2016].

 

 

Should Australia Apply Strict BMI Regulations in the Fashion Industry?

For those who don’t know what BMI stands for here it is:

BMI stands for Body Mass Index which helps determine whether your weight range is between a healthy scale based on the average of your height and weight.

Following the last post, YES, Australia has somewhat tried to promote positive body image through a  ‘Voluntary’ Industry Code of Conduct.

My question here is: Why make it ‘voluntary’ when you can make it legally binding? Wouldn’t that be more effective than what we have now?

Before we cause get into it, let’s have a look what other countries have done to promote healthy body image.

In March 2015, the French government passed a legislation to ban underweight models at the Paris Fashion Week. It was thought that this passing of regulation could see the rest of the world to follow, especially within the modelling industries.

Under the bill, modelling agencies and managers must make sure all models meet a certain body mass index and provide a medical certificate from a professional doctor; without a certificate, modelling agencies are forbidden to accept employment. If any agencies who fails to oblige under this legislation will receive up to $100,00 AUD fine or face up to six months’ imprisonment.

France is not the first country to implement regulations and promote positive body weight through reforming the fashion industry. Countries such as Spain, Italy, Israel, Chile and Belgium have also placed strict legislation to not only protect the models but also encourage healthy body weight to its nation.

Why can’t Australia have rules and policies like French put enforce?

It’s time for a change in our policies! Models should not be working in inhumane conditions putting their personal lives at risk. Media need to stop photoshopping each and every part creating a materialistic and fabricated image to their audience.  Clothing should look good on everyone, all shapes and sizes.

A.L.

 

Studio Legal Melbourne. (2015). BMI Regulation in the Fashion Industry – Studio Legal Melbourne. [online] Available at: http://studiolegal.com.au/bmi-regulation-in-the-fashion-industry-blog/ [Accessed 5 Sep. 2016].

 

What has Australia done so far to promote positive image?

 

During my research, I came passed an article by Jennifer on Studio Legal questioning if the Australian Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct for the Fashion, Media, and Advertising Industry was enough to promote positive body image to youth.

As the society is becoming more aware of body image, self-esteem and the close link to mental health, the shift towards advocating for this matter has increased. And some Fashion Industry has responded

And some fashion industry has responded

In 2015, the Australian Fashion Week saw designers ‘We Are Handsome’ presented their most recent clothing line with models with different body shapes. This received a positive response from the audience and media and was the first to see changes within the Australian Fashion Industry such that more plus-size model was seen on the runway, magazines, and posters.

In 2009 The National Advisory Group on Body Image was selected by the Australian Government to develop a code of guideline.

The guidelines included:

  • adopting more body friendly practices
  • encourage diversity during model selection
  • a wider range of clothing sizes in retail outlets
  • the use of realistic and natural images of people
  • highlight when an image has been manipulated.

This code of guideline was named the Voluntary Industry Code of Conduct for the Fashion, Media, and Advertising Industry.

While this ‘voluntary’ code of conduct is to promote healthy body image and action within the industry.  The only problem about this IT IS VOLUNTARY, hence, the fashion companies and modelling agencies are not legally obliged to following these guidelines. Thus, the body image diversity is far-removed from the standard.

My question here is should Australia implement stricter rules or even set a binding policy within the fashion, media and advertising industry.

Stay tune to the next post as we continue to discover what the other countries have done to promote healthy body image.

A.L.

Studio Legal Melbourne. (2015). BMI Regulation in the Fashion Industry – Studio Legal Melbourne. [online] Available at: http://studiolegal.com.au/bmi-regulation-in-the-fashion-industry-blog/ [Accessed 5 Sep. 2016].

Youth Mental Health Organisations in Australia

I have decided the most appropriate way to  start this campaign off is by  list out Australian organisations that are involved with adolescence and helped promote positive wellbeing.

First and foremost before l dive into it, I would like to thank all organisations, big or small, internationally or domestically for promoting this course. These organisations have worked endlessly to assist those in need and/or those who knows of someone who is suffering some form of mental health disorder.

International Organisation

Domestic Organisation

Each of these organisation offers different ways to help, inform and support each and every youth in Australia such as 24 hours hotline, online support and informative videos and blog post. Not only are these organisations aim to educate the youth of Australia but also parents and teachers.

Check them out! These websites are free and always willing to help out, talk to you and keep bring a smile to your day

To those who are currently serving with mental health, don’t let it affect, you’re not the only one. Let’s join, hand in hand and combat this issue!

Spread the love,

A.L.