This topic isn't one that's new. Made popular by Dove a decade ago, many activists are calling for more real, unaltered women to be featured in the media and fashion world.
Yet there is still a prevalent theme where an unattainable standard of beauty is portrayed as the ideal. And in a country where eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, that is a scary thought.
Yes, that's right. Eating disorders still kill more people
in the United States than any other mental illness out there. And a
large contributor to this prevalence of eating disorders is the negative
self esteem brought on by seeing image after image of pixel-perfect
Let's be clear, this petition isn't asking to stop including thin women in the media and fashion world. We realize all women are "real," so we aren't asking for a specific size
or shape - thin or curvy, tall or short - it doesn't matter. We're just petitioning for real - unaltered - women.
Let's ask today's lawmakers to make it required that any ad which has been digitally altered includes a disclaimer stating so. Lawmakers in Britain and France has moved for this change, let's make it happen in the United States as well.