Why those in the business think we want to look like Jessica rabbit is beyond me. These pics have been leaked out for Jessica Alba's Campari contract. She looks just fine and fabulous in the original shot. She has a FIVE month old baby!
As I'm raising a daughter, this is a very important issue for me. The images girls saw when I was growing up were difficult enough to emulate, but today they are truly impossible as so many are digitally reworked. I want my daughter to grow up not only confident in her skin, but also media aware.
If you're the mother of girl/s, do you have any tips for me? If you're the mother of boys, do you/will you, talk to them about how women are portrayed?
Growing up, I never spoke to my mother about body image, and like other children, so many upsets or concerns were kept to oneself - you just don't think it's something to talk about. But I was lucky that at least in my childhood I was comfortable in my own skin, despite not being particulalry pretty or slim, compared to other girls in my school.
But after 15, I struggled. It all started when a boyfriend mentioned how wonderful a particular singer was because she had lost all her weight. I had thought she was beautiful before. He was hinting at my weight. And let me tell you, I was not over-weight at all, just not very slim. I was average.
And then I started to notice all these women that before had been from another world and therefore irrelevant to me. Because now there was a self-image connection, and now I was entering an age were I could identify with them that little bit more.
Today, there are more celebrities under 21 than when I was growing up. Really young girls who are not only pretty, but often glammed up to look older on occassion.
It has taken me years, heck, a couple of decades, to be at a place where food doesn't rule my life, but every day is a healing day. There was a time I hated my body, hated myself. If I can spare my daughter from that, I will.