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Sep 10

Scary Skinny: A Supermodel Opens Up

Posted By iamincontrol | September 10, 2013

Most teenagers have opened up a magazine and thought, “Why don’t I look like these models?  How can I change myself to be more like them?”  A model’s life looks so glamorous.  But underneath, is that really the case?

Recently, a supermodel that was popular in the 80s and 90s opened up to talk about how unhealthy her lifestyle had been in the modeling industry.  After reading through some old letters from fans asking how she stayed so skinny and beautiful, Carré Otis had the courage to open up and reveal what really went on back then.

One excerpt from the article sums up her lifestyle:

So what was the truth behind Otis’s stunning figure? Vomiting, starving and drugs, she writes. Behind her sexy, flirty happiness? It was all a performance, constructed to cover up the traumas of sexual abuse, including repeated rapes by an agent. Behind her flawless skin and lush hair? Airbrushing and hair extensions, to disguise what starvation, dehydration and lack of sleep wrought.

We encourage all of you to check out the full article on Yahoo! and watch the video below to see how much airbrushing is really done to models in magazines and on billboards.

Guys, we know that body image isn’t just a concern for girls.  Males can be just as concerned about body image as females, with super toned guys covering every magazine too.  In fact, did you know that 40 percent of boys in middle and high school exercise regularly — and 90 percent at least occasionally — with the specific goal of bulking up?

For more on positive body image, read the rest of the IAMincontrol posts on body image, such as this poem by a high school student.

You are in control of maintaining a healthy body image.