We expect too much from our celebrities
Kate Moss, who has made millions of dollars from being pretty skinny, has said: “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” You can read the news story here.
Cue outrage! How dare she actively encourage young women to starve themselves! She’s a role model! You can read the hundreds of condemning articles here.
Seriously? Do we really expect a woman who once devoted quite a bit of time to Pete Doherty to be a pin up for healthy living? Relying on the likes of Moss to guide our girls is dooming ourselves to perpetual disappointment. And putting too much store by what she says derails the body image debate.
The same goes for Lindsay Lohan, Misha Barton, Amy Winehouse and the rest of the celebrity train wrecks people seem to invest with more authority than they deserve.
Lohan, who lives on a finely tuned prescription of cigarettes, booze and one burger a month, is not a role model.
Barton, who is in and out of rehab, is not a role model.
And Winehouse - well no one has ever accused her of being a role model.
Yet somehow every time one of them opens their mouths commentators are waiting for them to either redeem themselves, or say something they can tut tut.
Why is beyond me. Moss was a skinny, pretty girl from Croydon, who was turned into an international fashion phenomenon, before dating the wrong bloke and developing a bit of a liking for cocaine.
She’s never pretended to be an expert on anything other than the best ways to wear a biker jacket. So people shouldn’t get their knickers in a twist when she says something as stupid as “nothing tastes as good as being skinny.”
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