What's Eating You?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, when I look at myself - I feel... Okay your turn. Fill in the blank. What do you see when you gaze at yourself? Well, hopefully you're happy with what ya got. But there are many of you who want Janet Jackson hair, abs like Britney Spears, and a butt like Jennifer Lopez. Guess what, it ain't happening.

More and more, young girls (and by young I mean five and up if you can believe it,) don't like the way they look. Some studies published this year found that children, as young as age 5 in Australia and Hong Kong wanted to be thinner. In January, an online US poll found that one-fifth of girls eight and nine want to lose weight. This is a wish that grows bigger as they get older.

What gives? When I was eight I cared more about catching Michael Jackson and his brothers singing than what I looked like. I was more worried about playing with my Barbies not trying to look like one.

Now we have mothers dressing their daughters as Barbies and the kid's section in department stores looks more like Frederick's of Hollywood. It's not right.

And, if you don't like the way you look, there's always plastic surgery. Puhleez. Did you know that the number one requested graduation gift by high school girls is a boob job? C'mon.

You have to learn to love yourself and the package that you came in. Believe me, when you see your favorite celeb on television or in a print ad, what you see is NOT what you get. There is so much makeup and lighting and magic going on, you wouldn't believe it.

Let me tell you something. Once I was going onto a hotel elevator and there was this scrawny, wild-haired woman standing there with a mangy-looking dog (sorry, but they were.) Anyway, I get on and look at them again. Well, it was Julia Roberts. That did it for me. From that day on, I knew the power of makeup. Now this is not to take anything away from her. She's a terrific actress, but oh boy...

The point is this, my crew. Stop comparing yourselves to these overglam, overblown 'beautiful' people. Being thinner will not make you any happier or popular. How you feel about yourself and how you treat other people will always be the most important. Whoever said that 'beauty is only skin deep' was right. Real beauty comes from within.

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    im about to move to the biggest school in the  state from like the smallest what do i do will i fit in 
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    Okay so basically I used to go to this school and I met some of the people who I wish to be life long friends with. Problem: All of them go to a different school Problem: I go to a dumb boarding school and only get to spend 1 day and a half with them when i come back on fridays before I leave to go to school on Sundays. I really hate this school too. My sister graduated high school from here and my other sister is in her last year here. After this year I'm going to be all alone at this school. I'll have to be going here for the next seven years since its a middle and high school and I'm only in middle school. Plus my sisters are the best students there. Every time I tell people I'm the sister of Stephanie and Siri,they automatically have high expectations of me. But mainly,I just want to know how to keep in touch with my best friends. We can't even have phones at school so I can't talk to them during the week. [s:sm3/1jw0]
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    diamondgoogoo posted in Style:
    Be who you are and a good person. Because popularity doesn't matter. Just be happy with what you got
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    I understand how hard this must be. Because I should probably take this advice too.. I would try and focus on school lessons and ignore others. Don't be afraid to join a club! If you go to one that interests you then you might meet someone with common interests. I hope you get through this.
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