Tyra Banks Launches Competition for Plus-Size Teen Models
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Gigi Durham, a professor of journalism and mass communications at the University of Iowa, may not appreciate Banks' characterization of young girls as "curvalicious." Durham is the author of "The Lolita Effect," a book that argues that girls are too often and too soon turned into sexual objects.
"A lot of very sexual products are being marketed to very young kids," Durham says on her Web site. "I'm criticizing the unhealthy and damaging representations of girls' sexuality and how the media present girls' sexuality in a way that's tied to their profit motives."
Nonetheless, she would applaud Banks' attack on prevailing body images.
"The body ideals presented in the media are virtually impossible to attain, but girls don't always realize that, and they'll buy an awful lot of products to try to achieve those bodies," Durham adds. "There's endless consumerism built around that."
Changing body images is what this contest is all about, Banks tells US magazine.
"I want young girls to realize that what's considered plus-sized is the average American woman," Banks tells the magazine. "That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman's life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out."
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