So much has been written about in the media lately about how children, pre-teens and teenagers are being influenced by a sexualised culture in the media.
Pop videos, clothing and adverts are getting increasingly raunchier, leaving many parents to worry about how it will affect their children.
Parents are worried about children growing up too fast, witnessing things they aren’t ready for or by being influenced by negative imagery.
The thing is though, that the media have a far more enjoyable time slating the likes of Rihanna’s ‘S&M’ or Christina Aguilera’s X-factor performance than talking about those people that actually promote a healthy message to young girls.
Here’s my list of a few people in the media spotlight who I think convey a positive message-
Pink- She has a bunch of tattoos and crazy hair, wears belly tops and sings about ‘getting the party started.’ But in terms of providing a positive message about individuality and self acceptance no singer is as powerful as Pink. She wants young girls to accept themselves for who they are and promotes self love which isn’t based on how someone looks, which is a very positive message against the multitude of pop singers who spend every song going on about how sexy they are.
Taylor Swift- A complete girl next door, she is both naturally pretty and naturally talented. She has a positive message in her songs about being true to herself and not rising to peer pressure, and has a private life which is private and keeps away from the celebrity party lifestyle that so many young celebs found themselves embroiled in.
Lily Allen- Lily Allen is a born survivor. In her personal life she has overcome so much in the past few years, and her music reflects her strength of character. In ‘The Fear’ she dismisses wannabe wags and page three girls. Despite her previous party antics she’s settled down, got married and is expecting a child- she has also stepped away from the limelight and is promoting sustainable fashion with her business ‘Lucy in Disguise’.
Emily Watson- For a beautiful, talented and very famous young woman, Emma could be an absolute diva. But rather, she is down to earth, she sees education as being very important, doesn’t pull attention-seeking stunts and dresses herself so well. In a recent US magazine interview she stated, “I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”
Lily Cole- The stunning model in her early twenties manages a degree at Cambridge, a modelling career worth millions, and a fledgling acting career all whilst keeping her feet on the ground. You won’t see her on the celeb party circuit, she’s down to earth and hasn’t let her fame go to her head. Like Watson she chooses education over fame, and isn’t in any way shape or form a diva.
Do you have any more women youngsters can look up to? Do you agree with the people on my list?