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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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