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“Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels.” The words were originally spoken by model Kate Moss in a 2009 interview and have since become a championed motto among the pro-thin community. This year, someone thought it amusing to tag children’s clothing with the slogan.

British-based company Zazzle.com is responsible for advertising children’s screen tees displaying the quote made famous by Kate Moss. Thankfully though, the Advertising Standards Authority banned the shirts for being “harmful to children.”

And as much as I despise the idea that a skinny body is the only beautiful body, I have to admit that as a 6 ft tall size 10 deemed “plus size” model in New York City, I am no stranger to hearing the act of becoming skinny spoken of as gospel.

Once I was told by a designer after not fitting into a size 6 garment how another model dieted, cleansed, or “did whatever else she had to do” in order to fit into a sample size. I’ve sat in makeup chairs and listened to gossip about certain size 2 models abusing drugs in order to curb their appetites. And I’ve tried unsuccessfully to convince a model that less than a minute of (unpaid) fame on a runway was not worth hurting her body with an unhealthy cleanse.

And it’s not just within the fashion industry that I hear women criticizing themselves or others for not being skinny enough. The skinny talk reverberates throughout restaurants, school buildings, churches, and the like. And now it’s extended to the playground.

Perhaps some of us would have been ok with Kate Moss’ catchphrase being plastered on our children’s T-shirts as a way to prepare them for a thin-obsessed world. However, I think teaching unhealthy practices and dangerous body ideals to kids is just taking it too far…even if it is just a t-shirt.

What do you think of the ‘Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels’ t-shirts? Should they be banned? Are they inappropriate for children?

-Tiffany Okafor

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  • Jennifer

    I am over this whole skinny vs. real women with curves debate. As a full-figured woman I don’t go around telling skinny women that their hair is jacked up, they have bad acne, or they could use a major makeover.

    I believe people look for any flaw they can to demean and undermine anothers presence, especially with so many beautiful, confident, and stylish “thicker” woman being recognized these days!

    This whole skinny debate is laughable because if it was so cool to be skinny all of my size 4 and 6 girlfriends would be completely happy and married. Guess what their not, skinny women have the same problems as the rest of us, they just need to stop hating!

  • niki

    maybe if we put a picture of starving children from Africa or Somalia with their ribs showing and flies all over their bodies, they would realize how those children didn’t choose to be skinny and felt good about it… and maybe then, an ounce of intelligence would be put into before someone else opens their mouth to say one more good thing about being skinny…. sometimes, we forget about what goes on around us.. just because we think we are in a good place….