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Dear _______.

Everyone is beautiful in their own way. I believe that it is important to love yourself no matter what. Learning to accept your imperfections (they are only imperfections to you)  is a great way to do this

Dear (insert own imperfection here).

Write a letter to your imperfection.

Dear dark circles under my eyes.

I have had you my whole life and you never seem to go away no matter what I try. I’ve finally learnt to accept that you will always be here. If you weren’t here to annoy me everyday I wouldn’t be who I am today.

From Me.

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Girl scouts enlists plus-size models for body image PSA

With plus-size models gracing high-profile adsspreads in trendy fashion magazines, andwalking the runway for ChanelGirl Scouts of America is taking the opportunity to celebrate these realistic women with a new PSA to promote self-esteem in its young members.

The historic, nearly 100-year-old organization tapped four models from Wilhelmina Curve, the agency’s size-10-and-up division, for a video series called “The Changing Face of Fashion,” which is part of a new initiative to improve female representation in the media.

In the five clips, models Anansa SimsLeona PalmerJulie Henderson, and Lizzie Miller — who made a big impact with her nude Glamour shot last year — share stories about accepting their bodies, becoming models, and their passions beyond the camera.

All four also appear in one PSA reciting the disturbing results from a national body image survey conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, which found that almost 90 percent of the 1,000 girls polled, aged 13 to 17, thought the fashion industry and media placed too much emphasis on being thin.

Partly due to these influential images, nearly one-third said they have used drastic methods such as starving themselves to lose weight and 37 percent know someone their age with aneating disorder.

“The fashion industry remains a powerful influence on girls and the way they view themselves and their bodies,” Kimberlee Salmond, a senior researcher at the Girl Scout Research Institute, said in a statement. “Teenage girls take cues about how they should look from models they see in fashion magazines and on TV, and it is something that they struggle to reconcile with when they look at themselves in the mirror.”

In addition to the new Web campaign, the Girl Scouts and Dove Self-Esteem Fund have teamed up to create self-esteem programming for girls across the country that focuses on leadership and body issues spurred by the media. And the Girl Scouts are also pushing for the passage of the Healthy Media for Youth Act, a bill devoted to promoting healthier images of women in the press.

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Startling body image facts.

Did You Know

  • That if shop mannequins were real women, they’d be too thin to menstruate?
  • There are 3 billion women who don’t look like super-models and only 8 who do.
  • Marilyn Monroe wore a size 14.
  • Models 20 years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today they weigh 23% less than the average woman.
  • 7% of 12 th grade males have used steroids in order to become more muscular.
  • If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions.
  • Male action figures (GI Joe, etc.) have greatly increased in muscular size since 1973; If GI Joe were human, he would have larger biceps than any bodybuilder in history.
  • The average woman weighs 144 lbs. and wears between a 12-14.
  • One out of 4 college aged women has an eating disorder.
  • In one U.S. National survey, women feared being fat more than dying.
  • A survey of formally fat people revealed they would rather be blind or lose a limb than be fat again.
  • Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars a year on dieting and diet-related products. That’s roughly equivalent to the amount the U.S. Federal Government spends on education each year.
  • 46% of 9-11 year olds are sometimes or very often on diets.
  • 50% of 10 th grade and 12 th grade boys want a more muscular upper body.
  • It is estimated that 40-50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time.
  • Underweight males have body images just as negative as overweight women’s body images.

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Love your body day.

The NOW Foundation is celebrating its 12th annual Love Your Body Day on Oct. 21.

This campaign is a giant shout out to the fashion, beauty, diet and advertising industries: No more fake images! Show us real women, diverse women, strong women, bold women. And to the women and girls who are targeted by messages telling them that the key to success and happiness is manufactured beauty, we say: It’s okay to “Be You” — the true you is beautiful.

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