Feature: Soapbox Musings

Teen Girls Eventually Become Women

Author: Angela Flynn
Published: January 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Pick up any magazine dealing with popular culture and no doubt there will be a story judging the weight of a young female celebrity. She is either starving herself, or has gained a few pounds which now classifies her as fat. While experts go on talk shows and profess that women need to accept and love themselves, the media increases the pressure to be perfect. If you look back at history, this is somewhat of a recent phenomenon. Stars of the past did not have to be a size 2 to make it in their industry. Most resembled the true shape of a woman particularly as they aged. You can't take these girls, put them on television or the silver screen when they are under the age of 18, and then expect them to look that way forever.

Turn on the Disney Channel or Teen Nick and you will see a number of shows starring a very attractive teenage girl. They are tall, thin, and are the type that can wear anything and still look good. The heavier cast members wear glasses, and don't have long flowing tresses are often the "characters" on the show. They are goofy, funny, clumsy, or nerdy. The beautiful teen girl is the main star, and she is a media darling. Quite honestly, I can't tell one from the other. The same is true of the bevy of young movie starlets.

Flash forward about 5 years when these girls reach the age of 18 to 20 years old. They have changed. They are grown up and don't have that lanky size 2 body anymore. She now becomes a victim of an attack by the same system that built her up. Suddenly she is not to admired for her talent, but is only noticed for what it might say on the scale. Pictures are taken of them eating or drinking. The paparazzi waits to snap a picture of them in a bathing suit. The sad part about this is that they are still a far cry from being overweight. They have become women, and their bodies reflect the change.

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