The issue of body image




Now, I like shopping Target for really cute and affordable swimsuits. When I wear them, people usually ask where I get them from, and they’re usually surprised when I tell them. They’re colorful, well made (for the price), and overall attractive. So browsing their website, and seeing how they butchered one of their beautiful models to make them thinner and “more attractive” really saddens me. Obviously the person who retouched the photo is an amateur, but the person in charge really needs to reevaluate themselves. Even if the retouching job was done flawlessly, why did they need to remove a whole chunk of the girl’s side in order to sell the bathing suit? She’s obviously already extremely thin!

I wonder how the model feels in this case. An already tall, slim person, seeing how much they’ve removed from her body to make her more appealing. Will she feel the need to be smaller? Will she take action or blame herself? Most likely, she will blame herself. Then other girls who want to look like her, will feel even worst about themselves. I truly don’t get it. Where did they get the idea that the public only needs to see unrealistic versions of young girls that they want to portray as women?

I appreciate everyone’s bodies. I have friends who are extremely thin, and I think they’re beautiful. I spend time around them, and they eat just like the next person. As long as they are happy and healthy, their bodies are fine as they are. I know bigger people too that I find stunning. And again, as long as they are comfortable with themselves and being healthy, that’s all that matters. The only time I tell a big or very small person to take action on their looks is when I hear them complaining. To me,  if you don’t like something, change it.

Now back to the butchered model… Isn’t this one of the saddest things you’ve seen? How real do you think the other images are. We all know models get retouched a great deal, but this is really just too much. Do they really think that’s what people want to see? What do you think?

Shame on you, Target.

By the way, you want to see the real link? Click HERE.

4 Comments on The issue of body image

  1. whatwewear
    March 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm (2 years ago)

    wow, this is shocking! it’s disgusting that even supermodels who are probably already impossibly thin, are thinned down to an image that is unhealthy and unrealistic.
    shame on you target!!

    • findingpaola
      March 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Yea, I’m normally not about posting negative things on my blog, but that was just too much… I couldn’t believe it when I saw those photos.

  2. AliceDCL
    March 11, 2014 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

    Thats just ridiculous, Im sure the model looked just as beautiful in the swimsuit before any editing, totally necessary,

    • findingpaola
      March 11, 2014 at 11:50 am (2 years ago)

      Tell me about it! I’m not sure how removing her sides makes her more attractive or the bathing suit more appealing. That really confuses me.


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