First Ashley Judd, now Scarlett Johansson is speaking out on the unrealistic expectations of women’s body images. And she’s not alone: The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) has found that 9 in 10 girls say the fashion industry (89%) and/or the media (88%) place(s) a lot of pressure on teenage girls to be thin. Sixty percent say they compare their bodies to fashion models, and 32 percent of girls admit to starving themselves or refusing to eat as a strategy to lose weight. Clearly, messages and images in the media—particularly those regarding women and girls—are impacting girls’ confidence, body image, relationships, and leadership aspirations.
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