As I checked marimo’s blog, I saw her latest post with an picture of Popteen’s latest special (or first, I don’t know that).
The writing on the right, ダイエットＢＯＯＫ(daietto book), means ‘diet book’ .
I was really disappointed to see that. Obviously it’s not enough that they share stories of girls who went on diet and lost weight in the original magazine, now there’s a whole special issue to that topic?
Anyone who ever took a look at Popteen knows that their models (which are often also readers of the magazine) are underweight. It’s as simple as that. Even though they’re asian. For example, their most popular model Kumikki is 155,3 cm/61.14 in tall with a weight of 38 kg/87 lb. I don’t read other gyaru-Magazines, so this is as far as I’m concerned the most extreme example I have in hand.
I don’t judge people if they want to lose weight though I still find it kind of pathetic to lose weight because ‘all of the pretty girls in magazines and on tv’ (photoshop, people.)
Anyways, as a person who’s overweight (85 kg/187 lb at 167 cm/65 in) I know about feeling ugly, fat, not thin enough to fit in those pretty dresses and skinny jeans, etc.
It’s certainly not great to see others wearing the clothes you want so badly
And because of the media there’s a high pressure on girls to be ‘pretty’.
That’s why I don’t think it’s okay to encourage diets (especially if they could be dangerous, like the one that Pikarin is recommending it’s every girl’s own choice to go on a diet or just eat what she wants.
What many people don’t understand is that there are people who just aren’t made to be skinny and pretty; some look simply better with more weight.
This article is from US Glamour’s February 2012 issue. I bought it while visiting my sister in Santa Barbara and it really encouraged me.
After I read this, I sort of felt inner peace. I’d probably look horrible if I went down to 50 kilos.
Popteen’s diet pages always disturbed me, but I still read the magazine because of the fashion. Also, Popteen ecnourages plastic surgery and as a magazine, that is targeted to teens, I just can’t help but think: ‘What’s wrong with you guys?’ I mean, nose jobs, liposuctions, etc. for teenagers? (Though, plastic surgery in Japan is another topic…)
This doesn’t go for Popteen only, but Seventeen as well, one of my favorite Magazines. Diets are more subtile there, but they are here. And their models are known for being underweight.
Because of this I admire people like Kitagawa Keiko or Tsuchiya Anna (former Seventeen models), who were considered as fat. (And that’s why I hate Sasaki Nozomi, who simply states that non-japanese models are fat)
Maybe this is the reason why I stopped buying Popteen and started downloading the scans… I feel bad about supporting such a magazine and I will certainly not read another issue in the near future.
It’s painfiul to see girls struggling or becoming sick because of ‘a perfect body’. Of course, sometimes I read through Seventeen or CanCam and I know I’ll never be wearing this beautiful dresses, because I don’t fit in, but it’s okay because I still can buy pretty clothes and I don’t think I’m so ugly either.
I know girls who went on dangerous diets, took pills or became anorexic because of all the things I named before and it’s simply horrible.
That’s probably why I love 50s-fashion so much, because they didn’t even worry about being thin enough to look nice in a short skirt.