I’m glad that you brought this out of twitter because this simply isn’t a discussion to be had in 140 characters or less. While I understand that it is not your responsibility to change the entire industry in which you work, I feel like you may be missing the core issue at hand. Yes, I understand that you, personally, are not equating beauty to thinness, however the industry in which you actively participate in, does. The modeling industry is in the business of marketing and selling beauty AS BEING THIN. I’m not saying you have an unhealthy body-image, that you don’t eat well, or that you your work doesn’t require you to adhere to a physical standard. What I am saying is that the physical standard that is “requiring” you to stay thin, contributes heavily to the completely damaged and poor self-esteem in women everywhere. A woman’s poor self-esteem is what this industry uses to fuel its main goal of selling products. The celebrities and models on the cover of magazines exist solely for the purpose of selling. So, what does this tell me as a consumer who sees these images day-in and day-out of people photoshopped to kingdom come as representations of “beauty?” The message is clear. This look/image is unattainable in real life, but if you buy this magazine or this product, you too can capture a small glimpse of this unattainable image for yourself. It is that message that I hold a true conviction to. Because honestly, doesn’t your thinness have a direct relationship to whether or not you shave your head? What has really influenced you to think you would be much prettier with a shaved head only now? Because you are thinner? That’s what started this whole thing.
I’m not harping on you for trying to stay thin. I get it. That’s THE job. But it worries me that you may think of yourself as prettier with a shaved head only now, because you are thin.