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Why do skinniest models fit the beauty ideal of thinness.? does media view justify thier harsh criticism of regular girls?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Fad...: Dangerous. Through history "feminine beauty" has changed. The speed and reach of fad is amplified by the media, but the fact is perennial. Consider the ideal of beauty in ancient greek and roman artwork. Then look at the flemish masters: thin but pear-shaped bellies. Rubens later: very heavy by our standards. Today, anorectic. Why?Pursuit of an ever-receding ideal. Maturity=growing past such.

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