Waif. Kate Moss. Heroin chic is not just associated with bad girl models. Scary skinny females are now the
talking heads bobble heads sitting atop skeletal frames that millions of young adults tune into for the latest Kardashian news.
Here’s some interesting facts about E! News network:
- “E! News” remains the top TV destination for breaking pop culture stories, reaching nearly 18 million total viewers each month.
- “E! News” resonates with its young adult audience and delivers an average viewer age that is nearly 20 years younger than its competitors.
- And here’s the scariest: E! is ranked 3rd having the youngest viewers. (MTV and ABC Family share the #1 and #2 spot respectively)
and guess what: I’m an E! news watcher. I admit it: I tune in to watch the KUWTK (if you don’t know the acronym, good for you), along with the Fashion Police—now extinct due to Joan Rivers departure and Guliana Rancic’s controversial commentary on Zendaya’s dreadlocks. Or, wait, is it PC for me to say dreadlocks? Ok, her braided hair.
(Sorry, I digress sometimes due to my severe case of ADHD.) Giuliana Rancic has been E!’s sweetheart since 2005 until her catty remark landed her under scrutinized more negative media attention: TOO SKINNY!!!!
GR quotes: “It’s really hurtful. I’m sorry that some people think I’m disgustingly skinny, as they put it, but there’s nothing I can do. I’m lucky that I even have the type of cancer that reacts to the medicine.”
Before I give my 2 cents on this subject, I’ll confess I’m not a professional in health or weight management. I did, however, struggle with an eating disorder for almost 15 years that wreaked havoc in my life. As someone immersed in media’s message of “this is what you SHOULD look like” 20 years ago, I didn’t have thousands of images popping up on social media every second of every day. I can’t imagine being a young adult being exposed to media’s definition of “perfection” that changes on a daily basis.
The positive? Skinny Giuliana is on one second followed by voluptuous Khloe and Kim.
The negative? The bodies deemed perfection are so completely opposite that real healthy bodies are NOT being represented. “Stuck in the middle of you” comes to mind. (if you’re old enough to remember that song).
My point: Regardless of the reason Guiliana is too skinny, or Kim’s too bootylicious should not be the focus: TOO anything isn’t healthy. Not too much. Not too little. Just you is enough.