Poster childish: Why the media plays paramount role in body image

09/23/14 by Krystin Olinski

I am not a fan of any of the Kardashians clan in any form or fashion, their television shows or pretty much anything they do that is deemed newsworthy or entertaining but in reality ranks somewhere between inconsequential and highly nauseating.
They're the poster family for celebrities that have been born and bred out of literally doing nothing but somehow finding fame with little or no talent. Let's call it famous just for the sake of being famous, mostly because television has transformed into an open forum for just about anyone to find success in the reality genre.
When the Kardashians have their faces plastered over magazine covers with stories about relationships, who is dating whom or what marriage is "on the rocks" or "over," I don't feel sorry for this negative publicity.

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That's part of the deal they signed on for when they decided to embark on a reality television show and take cameras into their homes to show the world just how talentless and annoying the entire family is.
But what isn't acceptable is magazines perpetuating the notion that someone like Kendall Jenner, the 18 year old daughter of Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner who is working as a model, is somehow overweight or too fat to be dabbling in her chosen profession.
An Australian tabloid "Famous" shows the 18 year old Kendall on the cover and suggests she's, as the headline puts it, "too fat for the runway." There is even discussion and finger pointing toward the magazine that they airbrushed fat and cellulite on to Jenner to reaffirm their cover story and subsequent headline.
So let's start with the obvious: Kendall Jenner is not fat. That simple fact truly makes what this tabloid magazine did a true disappointment and openly pathetic. Body image, particularly in young women, isn't quite an epidemic but is something that raises plenty of concern for parents, friends and family of those who struggle with eating disorders.
The media plays more than just a small, inconsequential role in this dilemma, even though they'll have you believe that they're just reporting on the news their readers want. Journalistic integrity and having some semblance of awareness when it comes to the influence the media has on a younger, more susceptible generation of children and young adults that might look at Kendall Jenner and think "if she's fat, then what am I?"
This isn't to suggest that younger girls should be using Jenner as a role model; that job belongs to parents, not celebrities. But to think that the same audience, younger girls, don't catch wind of that cover photo and not think twice about their own physique is short sighted and ignorance personified.
That's why the media must enter into what they're printing with more in mind than just selling magazines.
This isn't about defending Jenner or the Kardashians but rather pleading with the media and photographers alike to realize they tote around more influence than any of the Kardashians ever could. If magazines like "Famous" want to feature the plight of the Kardashians and other celebrities of that ilk, that's fine. The irony is these magazines are the ones who only add to the fame that reality stars have attained.
But certain issues and topic should be left alone, and body image is at the top of that list.

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