Teen girls airbrushing school pics for model-like look
London, May 11 (ANI): Teenage girls are increasingly getting their own photographs airbrushed because of pressure to look like models, a report has revealed.
The study compiled for the Girl Guides found that many schoolgirls now say they feel "exposed" without make-up and spray tan while others feel under growing pressure to actively hide their intelligence, the Telegraph reported.
While many list characters from television programmes such as 'The Only Way is Essex' among their role models, few were able to name a prominent female politician, business leader or sports star whom they admired.
The warnings come in a report into the attitudes and ambitions of girls and young women aged from eight to 21 carried out for Girlguiding UK.
It followed an earlier study which found that 55 per cent of girls believed there were not enough female role models and more than four of five thought that the belief that jobs such as hairdressing "are for girls."
The same poll found that 82 per cent felt under intense pressure to follow the latest fashions and that nine out of 10 wanted to change the way their looked.
Girls of different ages were interviewed in depth about their aspirations and attitudes to issues such as boys, careers, parenthood and politics as well as joining group discussions.
When asked about looks, one common response was that "pretty girls" were more likely to get away with more at school.
They were also asked about the use of airbrushing of celebrities in glossy magazines - an issue which the organisation has campaigned on in the past, arguing that it promotes unrealistic and unnatural expectations about appearance.
But the report found that the practice has gone far beyond the world of celebrity and that it is now commonplace for girls have their own pictures from events such as school proms professionally retouched to remove spots and blemishes.
"Many accept, and also welcome, airbrushing when done in moderation.
"Some are positive about the chance now open to them to smooth over spots and skin blemishes, and they don't see this as deception.
"Others consider airbrushing to be false, whatever the circumstances.
"Most are aware of the ease with which this can be done by anyone with access to the right software, enabling them to tidy up an image," the report said. (ANI)
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