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Let's get real! Plus-size models to appear in body image PSA from the Girl Scouts

Wednesday, August 04, 2010   (6 Comments)
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BY Rosemary Black



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

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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Valerie Rothan (Brunk) says...
Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010
As a GS who was plus size in HS, I have a real big problem regarding not using plus size girls in our catalog. Even in scouts we are offenders of "Barbie" images in our advertizing. In regards to all the fitted shirts you now see being offered by council, like thier brand new Trad. Trefoil Aniv. Tee, I will not buy the beautiful shirt because it ONLY comes fitted( or what ever the word is they are using in the catalog this year it means the same thing). But even if I was skinny I would not be able to wear it as I am "blessed by GOD" in certain areas as was my girl in my troop who was a size 2 and thought she was fat, but she was a 36DD. Not a girl I want walking around in a fitted shirt nor would I allow it at scouts, we constantly were screaning her clothing for appropriatness as her mother "though it was cute" until one day she realized the words BLING BLING across her 16 year olds chest might not be such a good idea. Sometimes we are not just leading the girls, but thier parents too
Ruth A. Frokjer says...
Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010
Great idea to be inclusive and use plus size models in a commercial, but are uniform pieces besides teeshirts available for plus size, children, teens and adults? Also I remember being a little jealous of the boy scouts who met across the cafeteria when I was a Junior. They started every meeting with physical games and races, some times ordinary calisthenics while we were expected to sit still and be quiet. I've read being strong is back in Girl Scout values but how is that being implemented here? It might be another plus to include being fit at any size; as regular exercise may be the determining factor of health rather than body size. Is " do my best" still part of the promise?
Valerie A. Klaassen (Fine) says...
Posted Thursday, September 02, 2010
I don't really want to sound doom and bloom about the fashion industry, but, I really do think the "Traditional Full-Standard Girl Scout Uniforms need to come back, so that Girl Scouts USA will once again be more Scout-like as it was in the past. I was a Girl Scout myself and I would like to be a Girl Scout again. Thank you. Valerie Klaassen
Judith R. Brandes (Klein) says...
Posted Wednesday, September 01, 2010
I quote from the above news release, ". . .Lizzie Miller (she’s the curvaceous model who made a splash with her nude Glamour photo shot last year), . . ." Stop. Think. What does this message imply? To me it carries the message that whether a girl is fat, skinny, or of average body build, that appearing nude in a national magazine is a positive goal to achieve. I hope you will ask the writer of this news release to eliminate the reference to the nude Glamour magazine photo shot. By the way, my message is not based on "sour grapes." I am 79 years old and still wear size 8 petite clothes. But, if I've got it, I don't flaunt it. I hope my granddaughters feel the same way.
Pat Tucker says...
Posted Wednesday, September 01, 2010
While this is a great start, some of the shirts that are featured "hug" the turso and that is not good for Scouts who are on the plus side. This same idea should also be incorporated into Leader clothing. There are shirts/blouses that my daughter/co-Leader can wear which I like too, but because of body build, cannot. Please get rid of the darts and huggy shirts/blouses. Thanks!!
Posted Wednesday, September 01, 2010

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