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Teens Girls Take on the Fashion World

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Let's here it for some smart young women who are igniting change. They refuse to be bullied by Madison Avenue. They are calling for truth and reality to help save young women from unreal expectations of beauty. The group called Spark a Movement held a mock fashion show in Times Square to promote positive body images for teens.

Many mental health experts say young girls compare themselves to the air- brushed, overly thin models, and try to emulate the result. That  has led to a rise in anorexia, bulimia, and unsafe diet practices. Statistics show 3 out of 4 girls feel bad about themselves after reading a fashion magazine.

But "Spark a Movement"  has amassed nearly 28 thousand signatures from girls fed up with the obsession of Teen Vogue's quest for perfect looking models. Yes, the ladies are beautiful, but the photographs show them with no imperfections. Let's face it, all we have to do is go to the mall. We will not find one individual who is flawless. It's unrealistic, untrue, and unfair. Plus, it sets a bad example to young teens who are already insecure about just about everything.

Adding to that teenaged angst is deplorable. Young people should never be made to feel like they are not good enough for reasons they cannot control. Thank goodness, some young ladies refuse to accept this nonsense. They are smart and confident enough to know the dangers of such misplaced thinking.

Spark has has already gotten results.  Seventeen Magazine editors signed a "Body Peace Treaty" vowed to avoid air-brushing photos and integrate more "real" girls into its pages. A wonderful first step toward improving the self image of young girls. It's an idea whose time has come. Let's applaud the brave young women of Spark. They are not only enlightening the fashion industry, they have lit up an idea that will not doubt save lives.

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