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Fortunately we could all do something about it. STOP buying clothes from these retailers that promote being "Stick Skinny". We can also write letters to designers and let them know that we want to see average women in the advertisements. Lastly we can start internally and love ourselves for who we are and not what the media "wants" us to be, or look like.
With all that being said there's a picture that has been circulating the internet and causing a ton of controversy. It's an advertisement for Ralph Lauren and honestly it's disgusting. Take a look below.
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I don't know about you but the model pictured above in this ad looks like a dam Bratz doll.
(Even then the doll looks healthier then this model).
Take a look at what this model ACTUALLY looks like...
There's a great blogosphere-battle brewing between website Boing Boing and clothier Ralph Lauren over an advertisement featuring a Ralph Lauren-clad woman photoshopped to impossible thinness. The gauntlet was thrown when a Boing Boing blogger reproduced the ad with this succinct critique:
"Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis."
Instead of addressing this disturbing, and accurate criticism, Ralph Lauren responded by accusing Boing Boing of copyright infringement for reprinting the ad. Boing Boing points out, this is "Classic fair use: a reproduction 'for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting." Check this out: Letter from PRL .. BOGUS! and here is why... Streisand Effect
Want to check out the Photoshop Disasters blog who originally posted this picture?
Lastly there is an awesome site dedicated to helping young and impressionable women deal with the media and the poor impression they leave.
Check it out and share it with all the younger ladies in your life. We have to stop this cycle somewhere! About Face.org
Last Thursday Polo Ralph Lauren has released this statement to 'Extra':
"For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately." [Extra, BoingBoing]