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Better Role Models than Models!

Friday, February 19, 2010

So, I just read Gordiesmommy's blog "Why should I look like the models in the magazine?", which I highly recommend, and it got me thinking.

Yes, stick thin models are terrible role models for women, and particularly for young girls at that vulnerable point in their lives -- the apex of peer pressure, media bombardment, and awakening sexuality.

And it's hard to find better role models out there in the media -- though, as her blog pointed out, the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is a great source of reality and self-esteem for the average woman.

So, where else can we look?

Olympic Athletes!

When you look at Lindsey Vonn and others, you see beautiful, healthy young women who have muscles and curves and glow with health and energy!

What better proof of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, for all of us to admire.

While we can't give up our lives in pursuit of Olympic training, we CAN respect our bodies with good nutrition and consistent fitness. Just what SparkPeople helps us achieve.

So, the next time you hear a woman complain that she'll never look like the models in the magazine, or a young girl worry that she'll never be as thin as the most popular girls in school unless she starves herself, you may be able to get them to think differently.

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    Those girls are so beautiful and healthy! My husband and I were just commenting on how healthy and gorgeous all the athletes are!
    2888 days ago
    Healthy= Beauty

    All of the athletes have an amazing inner shine that illuminates them- they are gorgeous! emoticon
    2892 days ago
    While watching the Olympics this past week, I said the same thing to my husband: what fantastic role models to look up to, and yet it seems to take a lot of years, as Sophikko said, for women/girls to make the shift from admiring model bodies to admiring athletic bodies. For a lot of years, I worked with young adolescent girls, and the only positive I can contribute is this: thanks to the dialogue (like this blog!) around the issue of models and aspiring to look like them, many girls are able to be much more critical and aware of the pitfalls of admiring stick-thin women. It's by no means a moot point (yet? hopefully?), but the dialogue has helped tremendously, and we need to keep it going!
    2892 days ago
    I love looking at athlete's bodies for inspiration now, whereas when I was a teenager (and had many self esteem issues) it was all about the models. I have to admit it kind of makes me sad to see sparkers having a ton of models pictures up on their pages - those pictures are airbrushed beyond recognition. It isn't realistic to have a goal of an airbrushed body, in my opinion.
    2892 days ago
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