Oh this is a fucking wonderful idea: an MTV reality show called Model Maker that asks women to lose up to eighty pounds in twelve weeks. Doing the math, that’s approximately seven pounds per week. The goal is, of course, to be “thin” and “beautiful” enough to be a model. (One of the prizes is a personal trainer.)
“We are looking for girls with a great attitude, a pretty face and the endurance to sweat off the pounds during a 3 month boot camp style show,” the announcement reads…
“Anything more than 25 pounds in 12 weeks is really over-stepping the boundaries,” said obesity expert Keith Ayoob… For the young girls already hooked to all-things MTV…a show such as “Model Makers” may not only be a source of entertainment but also a vehicle promoting unhealthy dieting habits.
“You can get very caught up in these shows — especially young girls who are still building their self-esteem,” said Leslie Goldman… “It’s very difficult and crushing to have someone look at you and say you’re very pretty but you’d be beautiful if you were 30 pounds lighter,” said Goldman.
I love how the casting announcement even says they’re looking for the girls who have “such a pretty face.” Seriously, this is everything that ever damaged my self-esteem as a teenager wrapped up into one reality show. (I mean, really: I once took a modeling class, and one of the other parents said I’d be so pretty if I only lost some weight. And my mother passed it along as “motivation” for me. I was fifteen years old.) The only way I could possibly lose seven pounds per week is by thinking about Model Maker after every meal, and thus vomiting. Just revolting.
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