How do I Look ?
Revue People Weekly du 5 september p.114

Sujet:L'influence du Fat acceptance Américain

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In a People poll, we asked women to talk frankly about how they see themselves and the difficulty of measuring up to Hollywood's buff-beautiful ideal

She's not alone. In a recent telephone poll, People asked 1000 women about their bodies and how the images of Hollywood's svelte stars influence their self-esteem. The results? Only 10 percent of respondents said they were completely satisfied with their bodies, and 80 percent said images of women on TV and movies, fashion magazines and advertising make them feel insecure about their looks.

How insecure? Enough that 93 percent have tried to lose weight, 34 percent have had or would having cosmetic surgery, and 34 percent said they would be willing to try a diet even if it posed at least a slight health risk.

That comes as no surprise to Dr Barbara Levy, 46, a Seattle gynecologist and cofounder of the Real Women Project, a resource center for self-esteem improvement, who says the average American woman-5'3 3/4" and 152 lbs.- just isn't reflected on the media.

"Our culture places far too much emphasis on skinny," - "All these skinny little actresses look like they came out of Hitler's concentration camps. Women were not designed that way. Everybody can't look like Calista Flockhart, and why would you want to?" Indeed, when asked which celebrity's body they would most like to have, only 1.5 percent of respondents chose Flockhart's. And over 50 percent believe Courtney Cox Arquette and Gwyneth Platrow are too thin.

Who do women want to look like ? Cindy Crawford was their first choice (21 percent), followed by Halle Berry (18 percent) and Jennifer Lopez (15 percent).

For many respondents, Oprah Winfrey - whose weight battles 37 percent said they could relate to-is an even more plausible role model. "She's a real person like everyone else,"

Why do women obsess about whether their bodies measure up? "What we've seen over the years is that the bodies of models have gotten thinner and the number of diet articles has gotten bigger," explains Tom Cash, professor of psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. "These messages increase the dissatisfaction of body image. It's almost an addictive relationship.

Would you rather have Calista Flockhart's body or Camryn Manheim's ?

Calista Flockhart 35% -- Camryn Manheim 43%

Pollees would rather resemble The Pratice's Camryn Manheim than Ally McBeal's Calista Flockhart (22 percent absteined). Manheim "is happy with who she is," says Gayle Mahr, 43, a Fort Pierce, Fla., homemaker. "She's saying that you can look like her and be just as happy-maybe more so- than if you look like Calista."

Who has done the most for the image of plus-size women? - Though talk show host queen Latifah scored high among those aged 18 to 34, Oprah Winfrey came in first among all age groups. (Also in the running Rosie O'Dennell, 26 percent, and Camryn Manheim, 12 percent.) Says body-image specialist Adreinne Resseler :"Oprah is someone who transcends her weight."

Julia Roberts What if she gained 30 lbs?

Asked whatever Julia Roberts would still be cast as a romantic leading lady in films if she put on weight, 62 percent said no. "That's right," says Sally Smith, formen executive director of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. "Plus-size women are not getting romantic leads. Look at Camryn Manheim." Also, body-image expert Adrienne Ressler notes, "We're so used to seeing her a certain way, so we have an image of how she's supposed to look."

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Un article sur une enquête inspiré par la position du fat acceptance américain. Un article qui nous démontre une fois de plus l'importance de choisir des modèles de femmes au corps plus réaliste au cinéma, à la télévision, dans les revues de mode et dans la publicité. Cela répondra au besoin des femmes de voir des modèles féminins qui leur ressemblent pour s'y identifier.

Le projet de monter l'entreprise multi-propriétaire Sensuelleville permettra de répondre à ce besoin. Il validera le choix que certaines femmes ont d'apprécier leur corps avec leurs rondeurs. Seul l'internet nous permet de se modéliser un monde comme nous désirons qu'il soit. Et à partir de celui-ci se bâtir une communauté de personnes qui y sont en accord.

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