Cover Girl Culture website

Articles Written By: cgc

Video Library Journal review

“…an informative and clever approach that sets it apart from other films on the topic” Video Librarian.

Review from producer of Thomas Jefferson documentary

“Cover Girl Culture” relentlessly pursues and uncovers the fashion media’s dark message to girls. Powerful segments of Nicole Clark’s film will inspire important conversations for preteens — boys as well as girls — their parents, counselors and teachers.  – Camilla Rockwell, producer of award winning “Thomas Jefferson” documentary.

Director’s comments

Sounding off…
“For any young girl or woman who has looked at magazine, movies or  TV and seen the ridiculous ideals upheld by the media and felt the pressure to conform…..this film is crucial to see. Editors from major fashion magazines share their shocking views and ideas. You may choose to never pick up a magazine again.
“We have to educate our youth about things of true importance to them and to their world. The first step is breaking the hypnotic spell they are under – the spell that has them more concerned with their looks, being sexy and owning the latest and greatest. Then we will have a society with a meaningful and bright future.”
“Children are our future and if we continue to spread the illusion of happiness and sell at any cost then our future is not going to be pretty. Let’s raise a country of girls who desire to follow their hearts, to be noble and use their skills to help others and whose parents honor and encourage them to develop their character and intellect first.””A vast majority of media has evolved or rather devolved dramatically in the past two decades and it’s time to re-evaluate the distance we put between it and ourselves. Before starting this documentary I wasn’t aware of how far gone things were. What can be done to bring about positive change? What can you do? One important aspect to this documentary is that it offers substantial solutions anyone can implement.”
“We have to educate our youth about things of true importance to them and to their world. The first step is breaking the hypnotic spell they are under – the spell that has them more concerned with their looks, being sexy and owning the latest and greatest. Then we will have a society with a meaningful and bright future.” women’s rights review

CHANGE.ORG – Women’s Rights review:
A new documentary called “Cover Girl Culture” aims to “awaken the media generation,” showing the degenerative effect that the fashion and media industries have on young women’s self-esteem and body image.
The documentary, by former Elite International model NIcole Clark, shows how professionals in the fashion and media industries negate blame for the immense pressure on girls to be thin, sexual (and not just sexual, but hyper-sexed), and beautiful, and how younger and younger women are internalizing this pressure.  Girls as young as six identify models as idols and say they want to be thin and beautiful in order to become successful.
The editor of Teen Vogue claims that the shift towards skinnier and skinner models is simply a “societal evolution” which should be addressed by women’s studies classes, not the fashion media.
After all, what could the fashion media have to do with that evolution?  I can’t possibly imagine. Leave it to those raging feminists to go on their rants — we’re going to put that 80-pound fourteen year-old on our cover splayed on her bed in fishnets, thank you very much.
The film contains interviews with body image experts, teachers, psychologists, parents, models, and girls who are finding their way through cover girl culture. I admire its mission to show how all of this advertising, and all of these powerful and ubiquitous messages about sexuality and thinness and beauty, have deep and lasting effects on young women.
Best yet, it gives these young women voices instead of speaking down to them about not conforming to the media’s messages. It’s about waking up women’s consciousness about what we’re being sold, not telling us how to behave. This is what we need — more and more discussion, and more collective challenges to the ads that constantly remind us to be thinner and prettier and more neatly made up. – by Sarah Menkedick March 06th, 2010

Teens/Women self-worth linked to boob & dress size…

Does your boob or dress size dictate your happiness?

How many young girls today have learned they are valued in society for their bra size and dress size? When you get down to it – girls are learning their value is based on their ‘sexiness factor’ above all else.
According to Dr. Karyn Gordon, for every 1 negative message a girl sees/hears it requires 7 positive messages to override the negative one. That is a lot of positives required, especially since the average girl sees approx 400 images of what is considered beautiful and desirable in the media A DAY – WE HAVE SOME WORK TO DO to correct the messages.
How many times does a girl receive negative input about her body and appearance at school from her peers?
How many times does a daughter hear her mother complain about her own body?
How many times does a father comment on a woman’s body in front of his daughter? What message is that sending to her?
What are you doing to counter act this to help her self-esteem, sense of self worth and true value?

Review from Director of Shaping Youth

“A Powerful teaching tool to deconstruct and uplift…poignantly gives the girls’ eye view of the collateral damage in this fight for the hearts and minds of children’s perception of their OWN self-worth.” – Amy Jussel, Executive Director of Shaping Youth.

My musings on misbehaved media

To kick things off I have to start with something positive. England.
What’s positive about England?
They are DOING something about the media mayhem that has terrorized young girls and women for decades.
/></a></h6> <h6>It seems the Brits are ahead of the curve....let's hope it catches like wildfire.  (thank you Lisa Tan for the tip on this news story)</h6> <h6>TO NAME A THING.<br /> I  really had a challenge choosing a BLOG name.  So many good ones were  already taken and floating unattended since 2002.  My good friend Julie  suggested Mangled Media - which was very tempting.  Then she suggested  Make Herstory!  I snapped it up just moments ago.</h6> <h6>HOW DID I GET STARTED ON THIS PATH?<br /> I've  been interested in media literacy or bringing to light certain media  groups manipulative ways since taking a class in 10th grade.  Maybe even  before this, but I know for certain the concept took root during high  school.</h6> <h6>In tenth grade, I  had a terrific teacher who taught a class called

Thus began my career as a writer and documentary film maker. My first doco is entitled ‘Cover Girl Culture’ and was made with great trepidation because I knew very well the level of ‘sinister’ that operated within the system and thought it would be pointless to pursue. But an unseen force guided the way, doors opened when others thought it impossible and I was teamed up with exactly who was required to make the film happen. Now the hurdle is getting the word out about the film and have the media help do it! ha ha

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