UGH: Spanx for Teens? Gross…
Posted by Katie Ostoich on August 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Ok, I will be one of the first to admit the power of shaping undergarments. I don’t know if I would have gotten through my wedding without them. And I think we’ve all seen the difference they made to Bridget Jones. The flattering underwear can boost confidence and make those cookies you ate last night disappear. But on the other hand, is “normalizing” one’s figure causing some psychological issues?
Some doctors and psychologists are worried about this trend, but not for adults. I think most adult women are able to appreciate these girdles for what they are and not need them to feel confident. They just add a little somethin’ somethin’ when you need it. Teens, however, may not be able to handle these undergarments – mentally or physically. Yes, teens wearing shapewear daily is a growing trend. Ugh. And why are they wearing these “Spankies?”
They don’t want to “stand out for the wrong reasons.” Aka, look fat in front of their frends. I repeat, ugh.
Psychological issues aside (and trust me, I’m sure there are many we could discuss here), the reason Spanx and the like work is because it squeezes the body and thus, smooshes internal organs. If you ever worn them, you know what that means. It’s not really enjoyable. But in girls whose bodies are growing, it’s causing issues like bladder infections, nerve damage, and gastrointestinal issues.
But don’t worry, Jill Zarin (of Real Housewives fame) says it’s totally fine: "Nobody wants to see anybody's body parts rippling. It's just not attractive... What I think shapewear does is that it normalizes the girls' body figures and it evens everybody out."
The idea of “normalizing” a body is just dumb. And the idea of making everyone the same (or in Zarin’s case, skinny) is sick and sad. Especially for teens who are already in a vulnerable mental state. Do you think it has anything to do with the fact that we play with a doll that would look like this in real life:
Yeah. Thought so.
Our verdict: UGH. This is just wrong. For all the teens out there who might read this humble little article: Don’t buy in. You are great. You are wonderful! You are beautiful! Trust those of us who have come before you, pain is never a price you should pay for looking good. Unless we’re talking about your heels. That’s a different story. But seriously, Spanx are uncomfortable and hot (temperature-wise).
What do you think? Does this trend make you go “ugh?”