Starving to be beautiful?

To be slim. To look like the models in magazines. That's the goal of many young women around the world. It was the goal of a young French high school student we interviewed (who asked to remain anonymous)—until she found herself in an alarming situation. That's when she discovered what truly made her happy and beautiful.

Herald: Is there a pressure in high school to focus on one's appearance and the way one dresses?

— Yes. It depends on who you're with, but it's true that usually the brand names on your clothes, and the way you dress, are often judged by other students. Those who don't dress a certain way have the tendency to be rejected, and the same goes for those who are too fat.

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Poetry and punk
January 1, 2000

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