A magazine for little girls between the ages of 8 and 12 has come under fire for promoting what internet users have called “body-shaming.” Discovery Girls published a guide on “Which Swimsuit Best Suits You?” to tell girls what kind of a swimsuit they should wear, depending on their body type.
The piece outline that girls that are "curvy up top" should wear one-piece bathing suits with "side ties and cutouts that draw the eyes down," while girls with bodies "rounder in the middle" should opt for "busy geometrics" that "draw the eye inward."
Some people took to Twitter to express their disgust regarding the feature:
Tweens should be having fun and not worrying about how they look in a swimsuit. https://t.co/AKXtbcb8QL— Janice Cotcher (@jannymarie) May 11, 2016
Responding to the backlash, the publisher of the magazine Catherine Lee issued an apology on Facebook.
“It’s still hard for me to believe that an article so contrary to our magazine’s mission could have been published on our pages. I have been a loss for words for days. The article was supposed to be about finding cute, fun swimsuits that make girls feel confident, but instead it focused on girls’ body image and had a negative impact,” she wrote.
However, the apology almost sounds like Lee did not have a look at the article before it was published, and the feature was not something they came up with, but instead was something that simply was mistakenly printed. The apology didn’t make the situation any better since internet users still appear to be as outraged at the magazine’s publisher.
People today have become overly obsessed with their bodies being “picture perfect” and flawless. Numerous magazines have recently come under fire for promoting unrealistic expectations of people and their physical features by excessively Photoshopping celebrities to look a certain way.
Yet, even though adults are more conscious of their body and physical features, the idea should not be drilled into children’s minds at such a young age. Such little kids should be allowed to enjoy the simple pleasures of life instead of having to worry about what their body looks like and whether they meet the “ideal” body type.
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