Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Confessions Of Media Lies...

The title sounds like I am about to reveal some huge conspiracy. Sorry to disappoint you if that's what you came looking for...

I'll be blunt. It is not okay at ANY point in your life to make a negative comment about someones weight or appearance EVER. Unless you are a doctor and it is a general health issue. Then ignore my last statement.

I came across the recent scandal about the monstrosity that is Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch.

Jeffries has recently been caught up in a media headlights due to his demeaning statement about why his clothing brand A&F don't stock sizes above 'L'.

 “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
 As soon as I became aware of this I felt sick. I have personally never purchased anything from this brand but I now know for sure, I never will.

I am no skinny minny and I most certainly don't have the figure of a supermodel. I have low self esteem and  I hide behind a sense of humour, baggy clothes and make up. I was never 'cool' in school, in fact, I was just invisible. Reading comments like Mike Jeffries sting and cause doubt in my head. They bring back all those harsh things I think about myself. However, before you start playing the violin and the x factor sob story, I would never let these insecurities stop me in whatever I do. I know that this man thinks like this because someone at some point in his life made him feel the same. Hence why he's a massive douchebag now. I don't take fashion or lifestyle advice from douchebags.

Unfortunately, it is not just Mike Jeffries that makes such grotesque statements. He is not the first and he most definitely wont be the last. In the UK we have trash tabloids such as 'The Daily Mail (If you are a fan of the DM I suggest you stop reading here) . Me and my housemates will spend a good half hour every now and then sitting on the DM's website and laughing at the hysteria it attempts to achieve every day. However, it pains me to see that on a regular basis the DM will post articles on celebrities and how 'fat' they have gotten or how they are looking too skinny.

I just took a break from writing this post and scrolled down the Showbiz column on the DM site and saw at least 4 articles on celebrities and their body size. It infuriates me so much. Who gave them the right to talk in such a degrading manner about an individuals appearance?

I know to not let it get to me. I love cake and I always will. However it bothers me that there will be people out there who will read articles like this and take it as a personal insecurity. It will cause someone to look in the mirror and doubt what they see before them.

I am tired of hearing friends talk negatively to me about their appearance, when all I can see is perfection. I am tired of reading about individuals as young as 7 suffering from eating disorders because they didn't feel that they met societies expectations of pretty. I am tired of being told by the glossy magazines and online papers that my body is overweight.Yet my words and opinions are powerless against the rest of the world. So I write this as my way of speaking out loud to the world, if you find yourself reading these articles or comparing yourself to something that you are not and therefore feeling low. Please, for the love of cake, take no notice!

L.Bel xoxo


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