Thursday, April 25, 2013

Healthy Sells

hey all! sorry its been so long since i last wrote. it has been a crazy couple of weeks getting ready for finals. the library has literally owned me. haha

anyways, for my english 2010 class we had to write a persuasive paper for our final paper. my paper seemed to be applicable towards the blog, so i have decided that for this post i would share my paper. :)

i hope you all enjoy - be warned, it is a little long!

Healthy Sells

Audience: Federal Government

            The modeling industry has grown significantly throughout the years, with more fashion companies and magazines making their marks on the world. However, that isn’t the case with their models.  Over the past twenty years models have been shrinking - not in height, but in weight. Models are still the tall and very desirous women that they have always been, but they no longer look “normal”. They look thinner than ever, and modeling companies are lustful for even skinnier models. Twenty years ago, models only weighed eight percent less than the average woman, but now they weigh twenty-three percent less than the average woman (Media Influence). The modeling standard has been raised significantly over the years, and it is not only affecting the models. The extremely skinny model aura is unhealthy for the models, women nationwide, and has exhibited many misconceptions to the public, because of the excessive amount of photo shop that is being added to the pictures to make the models look even skinnier than they actually are.   
            I believe it is clear that there is a problem with the models of our society being too skinny.  Our models have to strive to live up to a standard that is completely unreasonable and very unhealthy.  For example, model Kim Noorda, was just fifteen years old when she began modeling. When it was time for her first catwalk show she weighed only 110 pounds at a height of 5’10” (Odell). It is obvious to anyone that at that height and weight Kim was suffering from extreme anorexia. However, it was something that she deemed necessary in order to fit in the tiny sized dresses that were provided backstage. Kim Noorda shares her story herself:
“I was fifteen when I started, and by the time I was eighteen I did my first catwalk shows. I struggled to prevent gaining weight, whereas already I was considered to be a “heavy” model compared with the others. My agent told me I was beautiful as I was, but I had to make sure that I would not gain more. She encouraged me to lose at least some of my weight. I was ashamed that I had to diet. At home I was thinner than everybody else, but compared with other models, I was heavier” (Odell).
It is a very sad story when beautiful and skinny girls are being told that they need to lose weight.  It is causing them not only physical damage, but emotional damage as well.   Once Kim was able to get help with her anorexia, her nutritionist suggested that she gain one pound a week.  Kim didn’t like this idea at all.  Her nutritionist ensured her that no one would even be able to tell that she had gained weight, and Kim replied with, “People in the fashion industry see every gram of fat” (Odell).  The immense amount of pressure that was put on Kim by her agent and her company is sad.  We don’t want our women to believe that they aren’t beautiful exactly how they are.
            The fashion industry’s models are affecting girls as young as ten or eleven years old.  Many girls firmly believe that society is telling them that they need to be super skinny and very sexy. Studies have shown that only eighteen percent of grade-school aged girls reject that “model body image.” It is interesting to note, that girls in this percentage had much higher self esteem than the girls that did accept and strive for the so called model body image. Over 70% of young girls think they need to strive for an image that they will never truly be happy with. Many girls even refuse to participate in any sports because they are afraid that they will bulk up and that it isn’t “girly girl” enough (Hellmich).  They go to extreme measures such as skipping multiple meals to try to unnecessarily lose a few pounds.  Why is this phenomenon hitting younger girls so badly? It is because modeling companies often hire girls as young as ten years old to strut the runways in their high fashioned line of clothing. Modeling companies prefer younger girls because they have yet to develop their womanly curves, which makes them seem even thinner.  Kelly Cutrone, owner of People’s Revolution states that, "Clothes look better on thin people. The fabric hangs better" (Hellmich). Is this something that we as a country want to promote? Do we want young girls to think that it is necessary to be anorexic in order to model? No. We want to teach them to love themselves and how to love their bodies.  We want them to understand what healthy looks like and how to become the healthiest person that they can be. I believe that movie star actress Jennifer Lawrence says it best, “I knew that if I was going to be naked in front of the world [in 'X-Men: First Class'], I wanted to look like a woman and not a prepubescent 13-year-old boy. I'm so sick of people thinking that's what [women are] supposed to look like” (Peiffer).
Modeling companies such as Vogue have recognized this problem and are setting up certain guidelines to help end anorexic modeling in the industry.  They are not only trying to end anorexia, but they have agreed also that they will not hire models under the age of sixteen. They have admitted to unknowingly hiring girls as young as fourteen years old, and they are putting an end to it by requiring their models to have their I.D.’s checked before photo shoots. Sara Ziff, head of The Model Alliance states that the age restriction is important for other reasons too. "The use of under aged models is linked to financial exploitation, eating disorders, interrupted schooling, and contributes to models' overall lack of empowerment in the workplace," she said. "We simply believe that fourteen is too young to be working in this very grown-up industry, and we're glad that Condé Nast International is making this commitment. In addition to agreeing not knowingly work with models under sixteen or with eating disorders, the Vogue pact says the magazines will help "structure mentoring programs" for younger models and raise awareness of the problem of model health. The magazines said they would encourage healthy working conditions backstage and encourage designers "to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes, and encourages the use of extremely thin models" (USAToday).  Since Vogue has such an influence in the fashion industry, I believe they are acting as a frontrunner for these much needed changes. I believe that because Vogue has acknowledged these issues and have shown an effort to fix these issues within their company, other modeling companies will strive for the same goals.
In our world of constant media bombardment, women of all ages are being influenced by the images they see in the magazines. Whether it is purchasing a magazine at the airport while waiting for a flight or standing in line at the grocery store, women of all ages are exposed to the work of modeling companies across the country.  When older women see these skinny and even anorexic models they think, “I will never look like that.” “Does my husband want me to look like that?” The teenage girls think, “I want that to be me.” “I want to look like that.”  Women at all ages of the spectrum have a moment of worthlessness, a moment of not being good enough, not being skinny enough, and not being pretty enough. Sadly, I have been subject to this mentality as well.  I don’t believe that any woman is immune to this feeling.  I even sometimes feel the need to go on a diet simply because I don’t look like the girls in the magazines. "The promotion of the thin, sexy ideal in our culture has created a situation where the majority of girls and women don't like their bodies," says body-image researcher Sarah Murnen, professor of psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. "And body dissatisfaction can lead girls to participate in very unhealthy behaviors to try to control weight” (Hellmich). Is this the standard that we want to set for our society?  Do we want women to feel as if they need to be anorexic in order to be skinny?  Women are striving for a figure that isn’t healthy or realistic. This being said, I believe that it is important that we as a country strive to promote a different ideal to the fashion and modeling industry.  I am very aware of the fact that “skinny sells”, but I believe that so does healthy.  I don’t think that we need to promote anorexic models for the magazines or the clothing within the magazines to sell.
The saddest part about all of this is that although many of the models are already anorexic, the modeling companies think that they need to use excessive amounts of photo shop to make these women look even smaller than they are currently. I find this to be outrageous. Companies are already using skeletal women in their magazines; I find no need for them to further photo shop any about these models.  This is creating a false sense of body image to everyone who sees these photos.  Models begin to compare themselves with other models. Teenage girls begin to compare themselves with other teenage girls as well as models.  The list can go on and on. Women are comparing themselves to an image that is unattainable.  They are becoming unhealthy and unhappy because of an unreachable and unrealistic image that has been set for them to strive for.  It is an issue that has gone on far too long without being addressed.  There needs to be a plan to fix this problem.  We need to band together to not only help protect our models, but to protect the general public as well. As Americans we need to strive to set up our citizens for a healthy and happy life.
I believe that the only way to fix having anorexic models is to set a law that all modeling agencies must follow. The law will state that there must be a dietician on hands at every agency. I believe that the dieticians will need to check up on the models frequently and to set a minimal weight that each individual model can be, depending on their height and body build. Before each shoot, the models would need to be weighed and measured to ensure that they haven’t gotten below their baseline requirements.  If they have fallen below their requirements, then they are out of a photo shoot.  I am aware that this may seem rather harsh, but I firmly believe that unless the consequences are extreme, the problem will not be fixed. I believe that a law is necessary for this to be enforced within all the modeling companies across the nation.  Without a law, certain modeling companies will think that they are the exception and will not ensure that all of their models are healthy and promoting a healthy lifestyle to millions across the country. This law will not only benefit the models but women nationwide.  By stopping the problem where it is originating (within the modeling agencies) it will only be a matter of time until the unhealthy model image is being rejected on college campuses, in high schools, junior high schools, and even elementary schools.  I am not saying that it will stop anorexia completely, or that women will never be self conscious about their body images ever again.  I am saying that this will help.  I am also saying that by having the government establish laws that promote healthy models, they will be encouraging the rest of society to be healthy as well. Show Americans that you care. Yes, skinny does sell, but so does healthy. 

have an amazing day and i will post again once i am done with finals!

lil kate ♥

Monday, April 8, 2013

There will be BIGGER and BETTER

happy monday!

so, this weekend was full of ups and downs and i want to share my little experience with you here on the blog.

thursday, friday, and saturday were auditions for the USU Spirit Squad.  all week i had been debating whether or not i wanted to try out for the team.  there are so many other good things that i can be focusing my time on, but in the end i decided to try out. i knew that there would be a chance that i would regret it if i didn't try out so that is what made my decision.  i have been on the team for the past two years so i felt pretty good going into the auditions. i made it to the final day and then i got cut on the last cut of the day. it hit me - #19 didn't get called. i didn't make it. i would not be returning to perform on the spectrum floor or the usu football field again.
the sadness that i felt was not because it was the end of my dancing career. i knew the day where i stopped dancing would come eventually. it isn't the career path that i have chosen, nor am i good enough at dancing to "make it big" anyways. the sadness i felt was from the fact that i would miss my team. i loved every moment that i was dancing with those girls. i am always so happy when i am dancing, and having such amazing teammates was just the sugar on top.
i know that me not making the team happened for a reason.  i am a HUGE believer in the saying, "Everything happens for a Reason." i believe that God has something else in store for me. i believe that there are opportunities that are going to arise for me in the upcoming school year that i don't know about yet. i will now be able to focus more on my training - the career path that i have chosen and something that i am extremely passionate about. in fact, i might even be returning as the trainer for the utah state spirit squad in the fall although i am no longer on the team. opportunities await me and BIGGER and BETTER things are in store for me. i won't quit, and i won't be let down. i know that i am capable of great things, and i know that i will be able to help people with my ability to train them and give them a happier and healthier life.

i know and understand that it isn't always the easiest thing to look on the bright side. but sometimes, thats the only thing we can do. so, look to all the amazing opportunies that you have in your life. everything might not be perfect or exactly how you want it to be, but just know you are blessed and have MANY things to be grateful for. i know i do.

so, this fall i am planning on training lots - hopefully getting a job at gym here in logan, and i will be personally training anyone that is interested!

bigger and better things people. bigger and better. :)

lil kate <3

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Weekend Recap!

happy monday everyone!

i hope everyone had a fabulous easter weekend with the ones they love most - i know i did! 

i got to go home and spend the weekend with my family and andrew - it was great!

friday night andrew and i doubled with his brother and went to the new G.I. Joe movie. it was pretty good, however i haven't seen any of the other movies so i had nothing to compare it to. afterwards we went to the "Leatherby's" creamery --- can you say AMAZING?! andrew and i shared a sunday that had cookie dough ice cream, cookies and cream ice cream, hot fudge, and an actual cookie to top it off. wow - so yummy. (obviously not super healthy - but hey! - we shared :))

saturday morning was started off right with a good workout at my favorite gym. GPP. :) it was a rough workout and i was already sore from my other workouts earlier this week!


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i did the workout at the 630am class and was able to train the 845am class. it was sooo good to be back at GPP and see all my favorite people. i can't wait to be able to go everyday this summer - 4 weeks baby - 4 weeks! :)
***Saturday was special to me because it was my 3 year mark at GPP. for 3 years i have worked with the most amazing and inspirational people i know. i have learned so much and my love of health and fitness has grown immensely. thank you to the trainers at GPP and all of the amazing people that walk through the doors day in and day out. you have inspired me more than you will ever know. it is because of all of you that i wake up at 345am during the summer. it is more than worth it to me. love you all!
annnyyywayyys - back to the post! on saturday after i got back from the gym my mama and i got to go to city creek for the day. it was also my mama's birthday so we celebrated at the cheesecake factory. it was delicious! i chose the low-carb version of the strawberry cheesecake and it was so good. 

here is my beautiful mama on her birthday! she got all embarrassed when they started singing happy birthday to her!
the rest of the day included lots of shopping at city creek! we found lots of cute things at awesome prices. i don't usually love to shop but my mom and i had a great day together. :)
Saturday night andrew and i went on a hike and man was it beautiful! :) when we got to the top of the mountain, the sun was just setting and you could see the entire valley. it is moments like those when i am so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. i wish i would have gotten a picture but sadly my phone was dead. :(
Sunday was great! the easter bunny paid a visit to all of us, i got to go visit andrew at the fire station with jason, and the day was full of family, good food, and lots of easter eggs!

yayee for delicious easter candy and new perfume! :) there is no way i could let myself eat all that candy so i made a little easter bag for andrew and brought it to him when i went to the fire station with jason. :) my favorite easter candy is cadbury mini eggs - the are so freaking delicious! what is yours?
just before church i took my cute little brother jason to the station and andrew gave him a personal tour of all the ambulances and engines. jason was seriously in heaven! 

isn't he the cutest little thing you have ever seen?! i definitely think so!
after the station we had church and i got to wear my cute new dress i got shopping with my mom the day earlier. i also got to share the weekend with my bestie - whitney. seriously love her. 

after an amazing dinner it was time for all the little kids to have their easter egg hunt! i loved filling all the eggs and hiding them all over the yard. it is a great sight to see all the little kids running around trying to get the most eggs. 
the after math of the hunt! 

my two favorite people. whitney and my cute little sister lara after the easter egg hunt. such a great day!

well, that is all i have for you today and i am off to the gym to do this workout! 


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- should be a good one! 
lil kate  ♥