Allure asked girls, ages 6 to 18, to talk about body image. Here are a few of their disheartening reflections:
“Honestly, I just don’t really feel comfortable in my own skin sometimes.” She goes on to mention her height and facial structure upsets her and since she can’t change those things, she avoids mirrors. ~ Mia, 11
“I know a term nowadays is slim-thick. So even if some parts of you are slim, other parts of you have to be full.” She shares that the perfectly balanced body, according to society, is a tall order. ~ Claudia, 15
“I have trouble with my body. I feel, sometimes, really insecure in my own skin. In 8th grade, I didn’t really struggle with an eating disorder, but I definitely went through periods of time when I’d be fasting.” She goes on to say that there’s a trend in the media regarding the “thigh gap”, and she’s insecure about the lack of a gap between her thighs. ~ Rachel, 14
“I wear black leggings because I feel they make me small or skinny.” She talks about how her parents’ comments about how skinny she is doesn’t count because they have to be supportive since they’re her parents.