Hi there - the following letter is from my daughter - I know some of you personally, and others I do not, but we are on the same group or e-list - I am forwarding her letter in hopes that there will be some folks out there with the skills, background, ideas, information, contacts, or willingness and time, to help her manifest this project. We live in the Portland, Oregon area, but much can be done without being local, as well. Thanks for taking the time to read, and please feel free to contact me (as well as her) if that would be helpful - Lylaw@comcast.net.
My name is Corina Wolfenstein, I'm 13 years old, and I'm interested in starting a project that has to do with beauty and body image.
So, i was watching a TV show called Made. Three girls all wanted to be made into models, so they where whisked away to New York. They learned how to cat-walk, and they were all excited to become models. They all had to go, and meet designers who potentially would hire them to represent their company. Two of the girls were naturally extremely thin, but the other girl was more averagely built. She was still thin, but just not stick thin. All 10 of the designers told her they did not want to hire her until she lost weight. She was only fifteen.
That led me to wondering and thinking about clothing magazines, and fashion magazines that are read by millions. When you get right down to the point, the purpose of the advertisements are to sell, and appeal to potential customers. I mean, in ads for toys they show little kids. In ads for workout machines they show tall, ripped guys. So why is it that in fashion magazines, designers and clothing companies who are trying to appeal to girls and women use models that look nothing like their average customer?
I thought it would be a good idea to put together a website - like an online magazine. It would have tons of pictures of women and girls modeling clothes from stylish companies. The models would be people of different skin colors, hair styles, heights, sizes and ages. I want the pictures to look as professional as possible, and I don't have resources to create photos and get the clothes that would be needed, which is why I'm reaching out to the community. If you're interested in donating or participating in the project, there are a lot of different things that could help. We're going to need a photographer, someone to do makeup and hair on the models, someone who knows about modeling and can help with things like poses and backdrops or settings for the pictures, people to help reach out to other sources to get clothes, and of course - models. After the pictures have been taken, the website will need to be created, and the project itself will need to be advertised. It may be difficult to get enough clothes from companies, so if you have any nice clothes that you no longer want and you'd be willing to donate them that would be great as well.
The goals of this project are to convey to women and girls that people with diverse looks and body types can look good in stylish clothing, and to send a message to clothing companies and fashion magazines, promoting realistic and respectful advertising of their products.
If anyone has any advice, ideas, or contributions to make, or if you know anybody who would be able to help or be part of the project you can contact me at my email: Shadowmonkey101@gmail.com - or you can call me at (503) 754 -2817.
Even if you don't have enough time to be a part of the beginning process, if you would be interested in modeling eventually, you can just send me your contact information and I'll call you when the time arrives.