French lawmakers are mulling passing laws to regulate Photoshopping. One reason for the proposed legislation is to try to combat eating disorders in young women. Cindy Crawford has other ideas for people who want to see change:
We as the consumers, we as the women, have the power. If you don't like something, don't buy it. Don't buy the magazine if you don't like what it says. If you don't like the image a brand is putting out, don't buy it. What I really don't agree with is people who complain about it but still support it. You're giving your power away. If people don't want skinny models, stop buying the magazine with the skinny model, and believe me those magazines will change fast. It's business.
However, if a chick wants to read a lady mag — the fun, vacuous, boring-yet-compelling-in-a-bad-way kind — it's hard to find something that isn't full of skinny models from the editorials to the advertisements.
I don't know that much about eating disorders, but I'm certainly not one of the people they've blamed, because I'm not super-skinny. I think people want to find something to blame. An eating disorder is way more than a girl looking at a magazine and seeing a picture of a skinny model. Maybe that's one tiny piece of the puzzle, but I think it's a lot more about self-esteem and self-love and control, so it's too simplistic to just blame it on models who are skinny.
But doesn't it matter that what's perceived as beautiful — what's idolized — is a super-skinny figure?
Question time: Cindy Crawford [Guardian UK]