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Half of All Teen Girls Would Change the Way They Look (VIDEO)

Half of All Teen Girls Would Change the Way They Look (VIDEO)

Plenty of ink has been spilled over the dissatisfaction teenage girls feel about the way they look, and there’s plenty of blame to go around.  It’s hard to imagine any facet of pop culture that does not, either implicitly or explicitly tie a young woman’s self-worth with an idealized vision of female beauty.

But would you believe that just about half of all teenage girls would undergo some kind of procedure to change the way they look?

Combatting that disturbing statistic is part of the Girlguiding UK campaign, a comprehensive effort at getting teenage girls to focus less on falsified beauty standards and more on individual depth and beauty.

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4:15PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

their all cute. nobody should ever feel ugly.

8:20AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

CELEBRATE YOUR DAUGHTERS...the more they are respected and accepted, the less they will worry about their body image. They will look at health - and success in their own personal pursuits!

4:38AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Its saddening, really... The battle with your self image is one hell of a fight. it sucks to see only inadequacy staring back at you in the mirror. For me i made it a driving force, keeping myself overly active, and a persistent gym rat. But no matter what the war always seems to rage on.

Its a false equivalency to think my situation is similar to what this overwhelming number of girls go through. But short story long: i understand it.

8:32PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

i don't have a sense of pride like most people heck i go to school in my pjs half the time

10:22PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Noted

2:04PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

i am a 16 year old girl, and while i would never practically consider any body enhancment surgery now, when i was younger i wished that i could look like katy perry, or some other auto-tuned popstar. its a natural thing to want to make yourself acceptable to society, but the scary thing is that society now accepts plastic surgery, paper-thin models and digital enhancments as if they were normal, when in reality, we should be cherishing our individuality. when we think about it, all of our shallow insecurities are a result of too much fast food, not enough excersise, too much industrialisation and the 'we want it now' attitude we have towards life. i think as a teenage girl who has been pulled into society's way of thinking, the most effective way to stop peoples perceptions of themselves and those around them is to begin thinking naturally. eat healthier and you'll look healthier, exersise the right areas, and youll get that slim body you want. its so simple, and yet its so hard to get through to people that really being beautiful isnt about makeup or botox or implants, its about looking after yourself and loving the person you are
girl guides, you are sending the message that only a handful are brave enough to send, and it means a lot to me at least that at least one big organisation understands, thanks :D

9:01PM PST on Nov 18, 2010

a large percentage wanting to look prettier is not surprising. but surgery? that's crazy! I thought that most would come to terms with their appearance and that only ~5% would actually consider surgery

10:07PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Why shouldn't they want to change the way they look? Every photograph that they see of their favorite actresses are airbrushed to make the girl look as though she has flawless skin, weights nothing, is expensively dressed and made up. The REAL teens don't have stylists to dress them, the cosmetician to paint them, or the photo shoppers to knock pounds off their bodies and pimples off their faces. They don't get that the girls in the magazines don't really look like that either. The world keeps telling them thin is in meaning size 00. Pimples and breakouts are only for ordinary people. They are also told to buy designer clothes and shoes. Labels,labels, labels. Rarely does a program show clothing that the average person can reasonably afford. " This copy of the $5000 look is ONLY $485. What a steal!" How many people can afford to dress their children much less themselves in ONE outfit for that kind of money. They want to be what they see and who can blame them!

11:04AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Why? The Creator Made just the way you are. He doesn't make mistakes.

11:28PM PST on Nov 16, 2010

As human beings, why do we emphasizie the perfect body and forget to embrace our strengths within and without?

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