Let's get real! Plus-size models to appear in body image PSA from the Girl Scouts
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Posted by: jennifer punch
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BY Rosemary Black
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The Girl Scouts are celebrating curves.
Their new PSA, a video promoting self esteem and personal empowerment for girls, will feature four plus-size models, according to Stylelist.com.
The four models - Lizzie Miller (she’s the curvaceous model who made a splash with her nude Glamour photo shot last year), Anansa Sims, Leona Palmer and Julie Henderson - will discuss the unsettling results of a body image survey.
The survey, from the Girl Scout Research Institute, reported that nearly a third of the girls in the study had used extreme methods, such as starving themselves, in order to lose weight. More than a third of the 13 to 17-year-olds surveyed said they knew someone their age who suffered from an eating disorder, and nearly 90% of the girls said the fashion industry and the media put too much pressure on them to be thin.
The PSA in which the plus-size models will star is meant to promote a healthy body image for women.
"It’s the first time we are using plus-size models," said Girl Scouts of the USA spokesperson Joshua Ackley. "It’s a video done for the good of all girls, to show them that there is more than one body type and that the kind of body portrayed in the media can be unhealthy."
The models came from Wilhelmina Curve, which focuses on models from size 10 and up. They’ll be shown in a video series entitled "The Changing Face of Fashion."
As for who will be watching the videos, which are aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds, Ackley says he expects blogs to pick them up.
"We’ve had a lot of success in the blogosphere," he said. "Parenting blogs, fashion blogs and blogs for girls have all picked us up in the past."
The models will wear Girl Scout T-shirts in the videos, Ackley said, but not a complete Girl Scout uniform.
"The T-shirts have the new look and feel that is what we have now," Ackley said. "Girl Scouts have a lot more choice in what they wear now. They may just wear khakis, a white blouse and a Girl Scout sash."
The Girl Scouts of the USA also is teaming up with the Dove Self-Esteem Fund to come up with programs for girls that will focus on body issues and leadership.
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