I personally think the topic of body image is endlessly fascinating while also being quite disturbing.
Growing up, there weren't a lot of people who looked like me. It's quite the reality check when someone first points out to you that you don't belong. I distinctly remembering this happening for the first time in grade school, and I became increasingly aware that, as a half Japanese girl, my differing ethnicity wasn't necessarily embraced.
Kids are cruel. Even as a child I knew that kids bully, but I always had a gut feeling my teasing, harassing, and bullying was definitely tied to me being half Japanese American.
Like most people, I have had my fair share of body image distortions and issues. I'm happy to report that, no matter how much I was made fun of when I was younger, I am lucky that it didn't completely destroy my sense of self worth and body image. It also helps that I was smoking hot back in high school!
I grew up in the 70's and 80's. This was a time before digital photographs, photo shop, and constant celebrity media. It seems like almost every celebrity today has some sort of endorsement. That was a really rare thing while I was growing up. In fact, one of the reasons Brooke Shields became so relevant was due to her "nothing comes between me and my Calvin's (Klein)" print campaign. In other words, she became famous from that endorsement and did not endorse the jeans because of her celebrity.
I found the following heavily photo shopped pictures while doing a little research for an upcoming workshop. It's pretty disturbing to realize the amount of time, effort, and liberties media ads seemingly so willingly take. More importantly, the pictures are so perfect that they are not even real! Isn't that a kick in the pants?!