It’s been floating all over the internet the last couple of days. It doesn’t take a Where’s Waldo expert to notice that something has gone horribly awry in the process of photoshopping the model to make her more…er…”appealing.”
I wasn’t sure exactly what Target was going for with this photo hack job at first.
Are girls supposed to be aspiring to have no crotch? Because that is a standard no one can reach.
Are they supposed to be emulating Stretch Armstrong? Because I’m not sure if we are looking at a young lady or a shaved orangutan. I’m almost as gangly as guys get, with my measurements being 15.5 / 34-35 (yes, you can applaud my bravery for posting my real measurements), and I can tell you that there’s no way that girl is ever going to find sleeves long enough.
It turns out that the object of the ad was to give the girl a “thigh gap” a term that heretofore I was not aware even existed. Trust me ladies, no gentleman suitor is going to be using his measuring tape on the space between your thighs to determine if you are an acceptable mate.
So it turns out that despite all we talk about positive self-image, there is still a lot that needs to be done to help ladies (and gentlemen) accept themselves. And I think there is an especially large amount the church can do.
Because I happen to think that this problem (and a myriad of others) stem from how the church of past dropped the ball when it comes to our bodies.