So have you ever looked at a fashion magazine and came across all these skinny models and wished you looked like them?

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I bet a lot of people have felt that way. It is nearly impossible to open a newspaper or magazine, shop at a mall or turn on a TV without being confronted with the message that being thin is very desirable. It seems as if it has become part of our lives to wish to have the bodies like some of those girls.

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A couple of weeks ago, in one of my classes, we came across the current issues in the workplace. Apart from the other two issues that were presented, code of regulations for appearance really caught my attention. According to Ethics in the Fashion Industry by V. Ann Paulins and Julie L. Hillery, this has become a major issue in the fashion industry today because eating disorders and unhealthy lifestyles are being promoted. Our fashion industry has been criticized for many years for the promotion of the “unachievable beauty ideal” (66). This has made a huge turn for society because from an early age we are bombarded with images and messages that reinforce the idea that to be happy and successful, we must be thin.

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