“Thinspiration”

I was really excited about this assignment. It honestly seemed right up my alley. I am kind of a nerd with any form of editorial photography, especially when it comes to fashion. I honestly did not think it would be all that difficult to find inspiration for this assignment. It seemed really easy. I was wrong… Everything I attempted was way too conceptual or just too out there. Then I remembered reading something about Pintrest, a couple months ago there was a creepy influx of really extreme ways to lose weight and be thin. Many of the images actually supported anorexia and bulimia as healthy ways of life. Pintrest got a lot of flack for allowing this to happen and when they were made aware of it, the website promptly changed their mission statement and had the images removed. The images are negative and do not promote self worth at all, that thought alone prompted me to start playing with a fabric tape measure, a scale, some almonds, and a couple of insanely thin actresses on the covers of Elle and Cosmopolitan. It is stark, but then again aren’t most incredibly thin people relatively stark?

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