Month: March 2014

We filter things through a fun house mirror.

Updated 10.2015 Women in America have an incredible hurdle to overcome when it comes to being at peace with “how they look”.  Why is this?  Due to media, we live in what one author called a “crazy funhouse mirror”, where what we think is normal is NOT NORMAL.  Let’s look at what has historically happened to play games with our minds, and maybe knowledge is the first step to self acceptance. Only 20% of American Women are satisfied with their appearance. The average American woman is 5’4″ and weighs 166 lbs. (2015 CDC statistics) Compare that with the average model, who is 5’11 and weighs 115 lbs.  Twenty years ago, the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 30% less! Over 50% of American women wear size 14 or larger.  Yet most clothing in stores is 14 and smaller. Plus-size models have shrunk, too. A decade ago, plus-size models averaged between size 12 and size 18. Today, the majority of plus-size models an agency boards are between size 6 …