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‘Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels’ And Other Slogans That Don’t Belong On Our Daughter’s Clothes

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In 2009, Kate Moss was asked during interview if she had any life mottos. She famously responded, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” As much as we can chuckle about that one-liner as adults, either as a cheeky comment on the fashion industry or as insight Kate’s priorities, the “motto” is hardly something we would like our kids to internalize.

The clothing company Zazzle apparently saw nothing irksome about emblazoning the saying on a t-shirt — not for adults, mind you, but for kids. Advertisements for the t-shirt have been banned in the UK by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Daily Mail reports that quick and clever comments like these that seemingly condone eating disorders are exactly the kind tidbits that keeps “thinspiration” websites thriving:

Former Ultimo model Katie Green, of the Say No to Size Zero campaign, said at the time: ‘There are 1.1million eating disorders in the UK alone. Kate Moss’s comments are likely to cause many more. If you read any of the pro-anorexia websites they go crazy for quotes like these.’

Kate’s motto is just one of many problematic messages that often gets printed on clothes for little girls. There may have been a kerfuffle surrounding this one quote, but the message to girls about prioritizing their looks and their sex appeal — above all other attributes — is hardly new when it comes to their garments.

[ITPGallery]

(photo: dailymail.co.uk)

11 Comments

  1. Jen

    August 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    While it’s awful that these slogans are being marketed towards young girls it is perhaps even worse that there are parents who are purchasing these shirts with nary a qualm. Most of the children in the photos are way too young to be going to the mall and buying things for themselves and that speaks to a real problem.
    Even if these shirts and pants and other things didn’t exist there are parents who will continue to push for their children to be edgy or a beauty queen or whatever other kind of lost childhood experience they are attempting to force onto them. And that is a serious issue. I genuinely fear for this up and coming generation of young women who are being raised in an anti-feminist society.

  2. Femimommy

    August 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Exactly! Who is at fault really here? Why are parents buying their girls this crud?!

  3. rhiannon

    August 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    The one that says shopping is my favourite sport sounds fine to me

  4. Jackie

    August 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

    My thoughts on the Abstinence underpants. If the girls are wearing them, they already have it in mind that they don’t want to have sex. I think they might be a positive reinforcement for young teens to stay abstinent. Chances are unlikely their boyfriend would see them anyways. It’s like having a secret reminder to them, that it’s worth the wait.

    • designmom

      November 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

      you are dreaming

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  6. Wolfmother

    September 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so glad I didn’t have a girl.

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  8. torako

    December 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    guys, zazzle’s clothes are user-created. all you have to do to make a shirt there is type text in the box and then it’s up for sale (it you want something that looks good it’s more complicated, but i think that’s what that person did)

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