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Beauty Redefined

Girls and Body Image Survey

Girl Scouts of the USA (New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA and The Dove Self-Esteem Fund, 2010)

This nationwide survey, which included more than 1,000 girls ages 13 to 17, finds many girls consider the body image sold by the fashion industry unrealistic, creating an unattainable model of beauty. Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed say the fashion industry (89 percent) and/or the media (88 percent) place a lot of pressure on them to be thin.

However, despite the criticism of this industry, 3 out of 4 girls say that fashion is "really important" to them. These conflicted feelings are further spelled out in the Beauty Redefined fact sheet (PDF).