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Please tell me this isn't serious??

Ali de Bold

I read this article on one of my fave sites, FashionIndie and was horrified by it.  I'm hoping they are being sarcastic and I simply misunderstood.

10 Thin-Spiration tips to become model skinny.

This article alarms me because some people would read that and take those tips to heart.
Dec 13, 2010 @ 02:54 pm

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I think it is sarcastic, but...

I believe they are being sarcastic, but if it weren't for the opening paragraph, it would read quite literal.

Even if meant as a joke, the straight-faced approach is misleading. I think they could have dealt with the topic a little better without sacrificing the "humour".
Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:05 pm


I read that earlier too, and it made me gag. I also believe they were being sarcastic, but I think their approach was too subtle. I really do think some would take that seriously, or at least it'd put ideas in their head.

That model looks incredibly unhealthy. Someone please feed her! Although I do know that some girls just have super-fast metabolism (jealous!) and they just have trouble putting meat on their bones, but you can still tell the difference..
Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:12 pm

Just wrong...

Yes, I do think that this post was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but they just sounded so serious! They could have added more sarcasm to the post so that it's clear to the readers that none of the advice should be taken seriously.

And I'm so over the whole 'thins-piration' thing.. How about just embracing your figure?
Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:44 pm


The fact that someone would even write an article like that, even in jest, is concerning. Girls/women have more than enough image issues as it is, it's nothing to joke about.
Jan 01, 2011 @ 01:31 pm


This is just plain RIDICULOUS! Even though this is supposed to be sarcastic, most girls my age would actually listen to this.

I am 18 and a lot of my "bigger" friends would take this to heart, completely... and accidentally looking of very fact that its supposed to be fake.

I think who ever rote this was being very inconsiderate, and rude.

I think they really need to think about the effects this can have on the "bigger" comunity.

I personally do not appreciate this article... at all
Jan 02, 2011 @ 02:48 pm
Lotus Flower

Good Lord!

1st of all let me just say the picture of that model threw me off... is that considered healthy and sexy??

and i agree some girls would literally take this sarcastic humor as advice! i remember once when i was 18 i fainted because i was starving to be as "skinny and sexy as my sisters"..i will never forget how worried my mum was about my health.

in the years to come i did lose the weight( in a normal way) and believe if u arent comfrotable in your own skin it will not matter whether you're a size zero or a size 20

i love being a curvy Kenyan woman....and love how my booty looks in jeans:-)

i totally rock them,,,lol......its all about confidence baby!
Jan 05, 2011 @ 03:53 am

excellent point, Lotus flower!

I absolutely agree with what you said. And I don't believe that model is a size zero even; probably more like child-sized. There was a very sad story recently about a model who posed in an awareness campaign for this problem. Unfortunately, she died a few weeks ago because of her anorexia. We've heard it again and again - people who suffer from this disease still think they are fat at 100 lbs, at 80 lbs.

I also read that once your body weight drops below a certain point, you can suffer neurological problems that fortifies your belief that you are fat (sorry, I can't find the reference for that). Basically, once you are so skinny, your brain switches gears and propels the behaviour. They've seen this in soldiers in captivity who were mistreated by not receiving enough food. Many developed anorexia as a result.

The scariest part of all of this is, you can't catch anorexia - you can't be infected by a bug bite or someone sneezing on you. It starts with a genuine desire to look a certain way... but when it goes too far you may be on a slippery slope you can never recover from. And that's why this article is so dangerous.
Jan 05, 2011 @ 08:41 am

umm ... don't hate me but

What's #1? I can see # 2 - 10 but I don't see 1. Kind of curious ..:)

I totally got the sarcasm in this article but I can see how it can come across as ideas for some girls out there.
Jan 06, 2011 @ 03:31 pm


I think #1 is in the intro paragraph of the article (the writers didn't label it clearly like they did #2-10)

It was:
“Live by the scale and the measuring tape. Unlike people, they will not lie to you.”
Jan 06, 2011 @ 03:37 pm

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