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Britt Jacobson

Editor-in-Chief

The Roar is very excited to announce our new Creative section!

This section will soon house the works of Milken’s Creative Writing students, as well as fiction and assorted content from guest writers.

Come back soon for new content!

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Sophia Ghadoushi

Social Media Director

On May 5, it was announced that Rabbi Liat Yardeni Funk will be leaving Milken Community Schools to accept a great opportunity as Dean of the Rabbinical School at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Rabbi Menachem Weiss will be taking over Rabbi Yardeni Funk’s role, adding  being the Head of the Tiferet Israel Fellowship to his list of Milken positions, like Jewish Studies teacher and Israel Center head. Although nobody can replace the mother of Tiferet, the program will be getting a new father! Below is the Roar’s interview with Rabbi Weiss.

What was your initial experience with Israel and how did it impact you?

Growing up I always attended Jewish schools, but I really resented being Jewish, and had many doubts about it.  All of that changed when I first visited Israel at the age of 18.  What was originally planned as a short trip, turned into a two-year journey of personal and spiritual transformation. I returned as a Rabbi, with a deep desire to have an impact on the course of Jewish education.

What previous/present positions did you have before working at Milken?

I got married to Baila, my wife of 23 years, when I was 21, and G-d has blessed us with nine children (Mashalah). Right after marriage we moved to NY so that I could continue my education.  We stayed for 8 years and helped to build a Hebrew school, a synagogue and a vibrant Jewish community. Having completed my Masters in Special Education from Adelphi University in 1996, we decided in 1999 that it was time to move back closer to our families in Los Angeles, where I could focus solely on my true passion: Jewish education. Since then I have been blessed to serve as a teacher, headmaster and executive director at several Jewish schools and non-for-profit organizations, most recently at S.T.A.R. (Sephardic Tradition And Recreation), a Jewish youth organization located in Van Nuys. I also currently serve as a Rabbi at Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills.

What initially brought you to working at Milken Community Schools?

What brought me to Milken is not a what, but a who. It all started when Metuka Benjamin contacted me and asked me to come in for a meeting. After speaking with her and Mr. Weisserman, I was reminded about how much I loved working in a school setting, and my passion for Jewish education was reignited. Hearing from Metuka and Mr. Weisserman about all of the innovative and forward thinking things happening at Milken gave me hope that I had finally found a Jewish school that shared my vision for creating a one-of-a-kind Jewish education. Now, having been here for the past two school years, I can say with certainty that I was correct. Milken truly is the best educational institution I have ever worked for, and I am excited about all of the possibilities that exist here.

What are you most looking forward to as being the head of the Tiferet Israel Program?

A great example of Milken’s uniqueness is the Tiferet Israel program, and I am so honored to be given the chance to continue the great work of Rabbi Funk and the others who have built such an amazing program.  I am privileged to help facilitate an authentic Israel experience for others.  This is such a blessing for me!  The thing that I am most excited about is being able to get to know all of the students at Milken. I am very excited to be able to work with students and the entire Milken family on making Milken a true center for Israel.  In that I mean that I wish to bring the values and spirit of ingenuity that so embody Israel, into everything we do here at Milken.

What changes do you want to make to the Tiferet program?

We will be working in collaboration with all of the other educational departments at Milken in order to create new and meaningful programs for our school.  For instance, I have been working closely with Mr. Roger Kassebaum on some exciting new projects that will involve bringing Israeli technology here to Milken to be used in scientific research and in the development of some very innovative educational opportunities for all of our students.

What new qualities do you want to bring to the Tiferet process as a whole?

Of course I recognize the great responsibility that I have been given in being made responsible for the continued growth and development of Tiferet. In this regard I am of the opinion that we must be very careful to maintain the high standards that have already been set, while we strive to continually improve and reach for higher levels of achievement and impact.  I welcome input from all of the Milken family, so if anyone has any ideas or advice for me, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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Kayla Cohen

Guest Writer

*I would like to thank Britt Jacobson ’17, Lauren Cohen ’17 and Rachel Sarrafzadeh ’17 for their thoughts and constructive insights. This article wouldn’t have been possible without them. I’m lucky to be  part of such a supportive and open community of thinkers and writers.*

We, Jews, left the sands of the Sinai for the selfie sticks of the Coachella Valley. We left one desert in a pursuit for freedom– and each spring, we return to a different desert and commit ourselves to a new slavery. This new slavery is self-imposed and falls under the jurisdiction of social and commercial distortion, our new pharaoh.

Am I being cynical? Overly-general? Misguided? Sure. I may well be flat out wrong. I’ve never been to Coachella to experience its teenage bohemia. You may already feel offended– or downright uninterested– in reading the rest of this piece, which I can understand. I acknowledge that a lot of people go to Coachella to hear its music and see its art and use their posting to document and share (rather than distort) their experiences. And I admit that I spent a good chunk of Coachella Weekend 1 loathing….and loathing….and loathing because I felt like I was missing out. There is a legitimate excitement– almost ecstasy– that I recognize and hope readers understand that I recognize. (Don’t think I don’t see you smirking.)

A mind-blowing experience and a blown-up newsfeed are not what I take issue with. Instead of having our minds blown and only then blowing up our newsfeeds, we’ve adopted the reverse: we blow up our newsfeeds to then blow our minds. With every pose and edit via social media, we’ve become accustomed to molding our experiences and “advertising” ourselves. We entertain a certain romanticism and believe in certain expectations. We hold our convictions so strongly that we forget imperfections. We get swayed too easily by escapism. And our distorted perceptions become reality. Our jetting off to the desert to escape the fullness and complexities and imperfections of our lives is no exception.

So here is my message to the Snapchat ravers and bedazzled flower children of the Indio Valley:

There are many things I don’t understand.

I don’t understand the anticipation for dehydration, three hours of sleep, bruised knees, exceptionally sore throats (soon-to-be-colds) and smoke-filled spaces– all for a crammed camera roll and “likes.” I don’t understand why we remember the loosening buzz of a beer– but not the artist on stage.

I don’t understand the point of a “Coachella diet” and our generation’s die-hard dedication to making sure we look good half-naked. What does not eating pasta have to do with seeing James Blake? And why should– or would– James Blake (or anyone else for that matter) be body-inspecting at a music festival? Since when does enjoying music equate to celery and ONLY celery?

And in line with maintaining a certain image, I don’t understand “Coachella outfits.” It’s not the planning– or the clothes themselves– that I take issue with. Rather, it’s the intention behind them; just like social media, they represent the desire to “edit” and “create” ingenuine forms of ourselves and worst of all, conform. If you didn’t like it before, why now follow the “hippie” mold of ripped denim shorts and lace crop tops?

Before entering into the mainstream spotlight, Coachella held mystery and represented the nonconformity of bohemia. Simply put, Coachella used to be “indie.” The eccentricity and free spiritedness that it once attracted have disintegrated away as the festival has grown and become much more commercial, as attitudes towards what’s “unique” or “cool” have become less distinguished. The experience, in some ways, seems to be diluted down to a checklist: lace bra? Check. Watermelon? Check. Instagram of you fake-laughing on grass? Check.

The romantic idea of running through the desert in fringe and the freedom we’ve associated with Coachella are nothing more than ghost ideas. The Coachella of six years ago cannot be recreated today even with one thousand sheer kimonos and flower crowns. And trying to only propels the conformist-bohemian paradox: we try to look special to feel special but doing so only leaves us less distinguished and looking like everyone else.

The vapidity of paradoxical bohemian conformity is not what Coachella and its artists stand for. We’ve mistaken our freedom for not just conformity, but dependence on what we’ve been told to believe and feel.

Tell me, how much of Coachella euphoria is real and how much is distorted?

I went around campus asking students this question. Contrary to the overwhelming sharing of positive posts and sentiments that we’re all familiar with, dissension over the quality of the Coachella experience does exist.

Aaron Feldman ‘18, who has no interest in attending the festival, described Coachella as a “psychedelic experience” and did not deny its authenticity: “[the] way people talk about it makes it seem like [they are having] fun.” Other underclassmen, like Michael Amin ‘19 and Eden Zoghi ‘19, also recognized and believed in the spirit of the festival. Amin shared that like other teenagers, he’s drawn to the festival because it gives people time to “be with [their] friends,” creates spaces for “more freedom” and gives students chained to the stresses of high school a taste of “life after school” (all of which upperclassmen, like Autria Mashian ‘17 and Lauren Mokhtarzadeh ‘17 do attest to having experienced). But when listening to underclassmen, I recognized that their opinions were not necessarily influenced by the quality of the music or the festival itself– but by their own reactions to what’s been already established as a fun and freeing social outlet for escapism.

Kobi Hekmat ‘17 and Dylan Damavandi ‘17, who attended Coachella this year, shared a different reason for going; rather than being motivated by the social scene or independence, Hekmat claimed that his “primary reason for going was for the music.” He noted that if he didn’t like the music, but his friends were still going (an issue becoming ever more common), he wouldn’t have been as interested in attending the festival.

I’ve concluded that the driving force attracting flocks of thousands of teenagers and young adults to the Indio Valley is not the music or social scene or freedom, but something encompassing them: distortion through advertisement and commercialization. When asked about Coachella, Noor Kohanim’s ‘17 eyes sparkled for a quick moment, recounting her memories, and then answered candidly: “Past videos and pictures made me feel like it was a fantasy, but when I got there… I [had been] to FYF, and it was similar to that. I don’t know why Coachella [was made out] so different…Everyone dresses the same..everything [is set] up [the same]..It’s fun, an experience, but it is overrated.”

In some ways, formal media coverage and paid promotions are of only secondary importance. Word of mouth and our own Instagram or Facebook feeds and Snapchat accounts are what implant our expectations and feed our excitement; they not only “advertise” the lives that we want to project, but simultaneously advertise the festival by magnifying its desirability and a pressure for other people to go. It’s become clear to me now that distorting our own posts is not a conscious decision– but a reflection of what we’re surrounded by.

What I and many others, like Noor, recognize as distortion, English Department Chair, Thomas Moran, sees as a kind of “social” urban gentrification. Just as “low cost housing areas are consistently infiltrated….and corporations move in…[and an] entire artistic neighborhood is forced to relocate and start again,” Moran explained that the same concept can be applied to music festivals. A festival, like Coachella, will originally be “underground…with true fans… [and will catch] on.. [and will be] infiltrated by paparazzi, [with] less authentic fan bases…[making Coachella] nothing more than a commercial hyperbole of original intent.”

My issue with the pretenses of Coachella, more than anything, speak to the vapidity and pretenses of our lives. It’s not just escapism that is the issue, but who (advertisers and social media users) and what (popular pressures and expectations) are telling us what to run away from and find refuge in. Only until we define what it is that we’re escaping from will we be able to feel and live and enjoy more authentically. Our first step in getting us to where we want to be demands us all to reassess our self-image and our motives. And only until I get myself to that level of being present and true to myself will I reconsider joining the rest of the Milken music festival bandwagon.

 

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Kaley Weil '16 - AP Studio Art

Britt Jacobson

Editor-in-Chief

With live jazz music and a multitude of parents, teachers and students, Milken’s 2016 Art Show opened last night. This unique showcase holds hundreds of pieces of art from 7-12 graders at Milken Community Schools. Among the many art classes represented are Architecture, AP Art Studio, Design Arts, Photography, Sculpture and Fashion Design.

Here is a sampling of artwork from the show:

Putting art pieces in the show is the culmination of these many art classes at Milken. Countless hours of hard work and dedication resulted in an entire gymnasium filled to the brim with art. This includes hard work on the part of the students who prepared dozens of pieces, the teachers who spent an infinite amount of hours at Lishma, and “the cooperation of many departments, individuals and entities on campus,” says Visual Arts Department Chair Peter Walker. “Without their help, it would not be possible.”

Equally important to this “massive undertaking” are the visitors. The show will be open until May 20th and since “every student on campus either participates or knows a friend who does,” chances are you’ll be able to appreciate the work of someone you know. When parents and friends come after school-hours to view this exhibition, it is clear that the show “truly is a community celebration.

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Justin Leff

Editor-in-Chief

Students returning from spring break were welcomed with a huge banner of an architect’s virtual design for one of the new buildings that will soon be built as part of the upcoming renovation. Stretching from building 2 to building 3, the “Campaign for Milken” banner is the first visible change Milken students have seen in wake of the upcoming renovations.

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Arts Patio and New Classrooms

The first major constructions begins during Tiyulim week, as the Beit Midrash will be knocked down in preparation for the Guerin Family Institute for Advanced Sciences. The new building will include state of the art tools that will be a hub for innovation for all students at Milken. The building will feature glass walls that open up for an outdoor work environment. Mr. Weisserman intends for this building to be used for any student to explore, and it will even feature a 3D printer available for student use.

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Guerin Family Institute for Advanced Sciences

Along with the Guerin Family Stem Institute, another building will be renovated for students when they return in the Fall. The Art, Architecture, and Design Institute will be home to 4,000 square feet of design studio facilities. The building’s modern look serves to remind students of the power of the process of planning and designing. Many of the classrooms in Building 4 will be renovated as well, with the addition of an arts patio on the top floor.

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Art, Architecture, and Design Institute

The rest of the renovations will begin next summer, and will be ready for the Fall of 2017. These include a new Jewish Studies and Israel Center, a new look to the amphitheater, and a revamped main stairway with seating for a stage. This is the biggest change Milken Schools will see since the addition of the new middle school. Milken students have a lot to look forward to in the coming years, and they will get their first look at the changes this Fall!

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Natalie Ahdoot and Hannah Newman

Staff Writers 

May marks the start of the CIF Southern Section First Round of playoffs and Milken is proud to be sending Wildcats from multiple sports this spring. Wildcat teams, which had to place highly following Liberty League play, enter competition against the best of the best in CIF’s Southern Section.If they win, they will advance further and begin to play other teams from other leagues in the CIF Southern Section.

Jordan Brenner ‘17, MVP of the Liberty League, went to Las Posas Country Club on Monday to compete and finished 35th place out of 104 high school golfers. Jordan is “satisfied with this season” and explains that he “grew as a golfer” over the course of his season. When asked about next season, he says that he hopes to go further in playoffs during his senior year.

Last Wednesday, the boys varsity tennis team traveled to Westminster High School in Huntington Beach to in the first round of CIF Playoffs after a 2nd place finish in Liberty League play. Unfortunately, the match yielded unsuccessful results and the team lost 14-4. Justin Leff ‘17 and Josh Berenbaum ‘17 won three of the matches in doubles and Leor Kaminski ’19 won the remaining match. Berenbaum ‘17 says that “the tennis team is disappointed with the coincidental scheduling of March of the Living and the absence of the seniors. It really had an impact on our playoff performance.”

The three Track and Field Wildcats who qualified for CIF were Kayla Cohen ‘17, Noah Safer-Brickman ‘20, and Shiloh Wallack ‘17. Last Saturday only one Wildcat, Noah Safer-Brickman ‘20, headed to Carpinteria High School to compete against the other Liberty League athletes. Safer Brickman ‘19 placed 19th in the first round of the Track and Field Competition. Shiloh Wallack ‘17 explains that the track team’s success is due to the team’s bond and support of other “my journey to CIF this year started off with a stumble since I was extremely sick early in the season, but my team’s motivation helped me move past it and eventually get to where I wanted to be.”

The varsity baseball team did not place first in the Liberty League which did not automatically qualify them for the first round. Last Friday the team found out that they got the wildcard bid to enter CIF. The Wildcats will travel to Desert Christian High School in Lancaster for the first round of Division 6 playoffs. Jordan Pardo ‘18 explains that the team’s success is not marked by their wins but rather their attitude. He says that “we have had many ups and downs but we were able to come together as a team and leave it out on the field.” While the team is waiting to find out about their bid, Jordan Pardo ‘18 says that “the suspense is killed us, but we went out to practice everyday like it was our last.”

 

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Jordan Brenner and Danielle Lewis

Community Editor and Spotlight Editor

With the 2016 presidential election fast approaching, many Milken students are preparing to make their decisions on who to vote for. Obviously, there are multiple factors that go into the decision and many eligible Milken student voters are very passionate about specific topics.

Among these students is, aspiring politician, Brian Perlman ‘17. Brian explains that when deciding to support Bernie Sanders, he was particularly impressed with his policy on election reform and climate change. Perlman explains, “Election reform and climate change are two issues that attracted me to Bernie Sanders. He is against Citizens United, which allows corporations to pour money into political campaigns. Citizens United makes politicians care less about issues and care more about who is financing their campaign. I believe this needs to be stopped and Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who has addressed this issue. The same goes for climate change. No other candidate has addressed the real danger climate change and global warming poses to our planet.”

Laureen Akram ‘17 has prioritized a different set of issues than Pearlman. Akram notes, “We have a huge global issue at the moment. ISIS wants death to America and they have been infiltrating the refugee population. The terrorists are on our doorstep and we have to take measures to protect ourselves. For example, Turkey has been taking in many refugees, trying to be as humanitarian as possible, and they recently had a terrorist attack in Istanbul. Obviously this is a huge issue in the upcoming election.”

Daniella Haghighi ‘17, looks at the full spectrum when considering the best candidate for America. However, like many Milken students Haghighi puts an emphasis on a candidate’s attitude towards Israel. Haghighi notes, “I hope that this election brings a healthy relationship between Israel and America because they both need support in different ways as they undergo terrorism and other acts of violence.” Haghighi also expresses that she is concerned with issues such as “immigration, abortion, gun control, terrorism, healthcare, and the economy.”

The concerns of Milken students are diverse and range from foreign policy issues to climate change and beyond. With the general election approaching, candidates must address these issues to earn the Milken vote.

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Lauren Mokhtarzadeh

Staff Writer

The Q+A: two students, one teacher, each month. This month we sat down with senior Adam Mokhtarzadeh.

Favorite Video Game: NBA 2K16

Favorite TV Show as a Child: Friends

Most Watched Movie: Star Wars

Best Experience at Milken: Mr. Ahad’s class or Mr. Lawrence’s class

Milken in one word: Kehillah

Favorite Class at Milken: Economics with Mr. Bloom

Mario or Luigi: Mario (yaaa-hooo)

Celebrity that you would take to prom: Emily Ratajkowski

Favorite Milken Trend: BMW M3 Berroo

Kanye or Drake: Both

Favorite Song: Runaway- Galantis

Israeli or Persian food: Israeli

Favorite thing about being a Senior: Second Semester

Funniest hebrew word: Kehillah

Ultimate Milken Teacher Homie: Lawrence/Bloom/Ahad

Favorite teacher quote: “Study hard and study often” and “My weekend was just like me, short and sweet” – Mr. Lawrence

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Lauren Cohen

Voices Editor

I know that what I am worth as a human being has nothing to do with any of my accomplishments or failures. Yet I still live my life feeling as though my accomplishments- test scores, grades, etc- are what make me worthy, what determine my value as a member of society. There is this underlying societal perception that those with high grades, high test scores, and impressive college admissions are going somewhere, while others who have less impressive scores and less accomplishments are not as likely to achieve “success.”

It is so easy to forget that the person with straight C’s and the person with straight A’s, the person at Harvard and the person at a community college, are equally as beautiful and valuable as human beings. We are constantly pushed to improve and become more efficient, but we are never taught that it is also important to accept where and who we are in every moment.

This perception of self worth is a struggle that many of us, especially as high school students constantly reminded of college, know far too well. For that reason, I decided to share some of my thoughts on this reality, in the hopes that they may bring comfort to peers also facing this challenge.

In the same way that throughout time, people have adorned themselves with diamond jewellery and silk clothing to signal social superiority- today’s shiny jewels and silk garments are the college admission letters, transcripts and test scores used to signal intellectual and overall superiority. What is often forgotten, however, is that behind the masks of money and badges of “accomplishment,”all that lies is blood and flesh- oxygen, water, organs, thoughts- intricacies that we all have and that make us all equally beautiful.

What is lost in this societal perception, fabricated by numbers and shiny rocks, is the truth- the inherent beauty that every single person is born with. The beauty that comes from simply being alive, the beauty that comes with the realization that we have a breath and a story. Yet, I find it so hard, especially in the high pressure academic setting, to remember that I am worth something- regardless of if my GPA is a 1.0 or a 4.5- regardless of my ACT score being a 20 or a 35. I fall back so easily into the illusion that I will only “get somewhere” or “be somebody” if I “do well”- that is, score high and work hard.

By no means is it bad to want to accomplish things and meet your goals. Doing so feels absolutely great. What I do believe, though, is that it is so important to take everything in context, to understand what kind of success our goals are aimed at. It is also important not to confuse the standards that we believe will bring that kind of “success” with the inherent aspects of our own self worth.

To you, reading this letter: I want to remind you of how beautiful you are. And I know how overused and corny that phrase sounds. After being thrown around by so many cheesy Teen Magazines and self-help books, it sounds almost meaningless. But I mean it with my entire being. The fact that you have a heart that thumps ever loyally to keep you going. The fact that you have lungs that contract and expand to ensure that you can breathe in oxygen. The fact that you have thoughts, and that your thoughts are only yours. The fact that you are the only one to ever hear your mind, with its beautiful clockwork constantly ticking away. All these things make you beautiful.

You are beautiful because you have lived a life that is only your own: a life that has never been lived by anyone else and that will never be experienced, in the same way, by anyone else.

It’s just so easy to forget what miracles we are, as we are constantly reminded of standards we must meet, of scores we must attain and positions we must hold to “be good enough.” We are constantly and implicitly reminded that we will never be good enough.  But I refuse to accept this any longer.

You, as a being with the power to speak, to listen, to dance, to love and to feel- are amazing. You, my friend, are beautiful because you have felt- you have felt the world around you, you have let it in, you have cried and laughed and screamed and whispered. These facts of your beauty, that you are a walking miracle of life, never change- no matter how many things you accomplish, no matter how high or low your grades are. So forget your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores and any voice in your head telling you that you are not good enough. Because your beauty is yours and it is beyond any form of accomplishment or goal.

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Lauren Mokhtarzadeh

Staff Writer 

The world and its priorities are changing. Vanity is being put aside and an individual’s health is taking precedence. Many countries are constituting laws that demand a model to be in good health before he or she can be hired to walk the runway.

Throughout the years, conventional beauty standards have evolved, but still the world is telling women they need to look a specific way. When society illustrates the way women should look, many women feel compelled to follow that standard. These people often start  longing for a body like the model on the cover of Vogue Magazine, Sports Illustrated, or any fashion magazine with a half-clothed woman on the cover. Lots of time, money, and effort is spent on cultivating this fabricated image. Most of the time, that is not even enough. The image of the model becomes a social norm within society to both men and women. Seeing the “perfect” models with the “perfect” bodies on the front cover not only affects women of young age, but women of all ages, and has physical and psychological effects. The idea of looking like the model with the “perfect” body gets engraved in brains, and people can begin to desire only that.

Why do women feel that they must look a certain way?

Well, the way that the fashion industry portrays women is a start. Most models, but certainly not all, that fashion agencies hire, have flat stomachs, thigh gaps, lots of cleavage, and a firm butt. Not all models look like “the girl on the front cover”. Yes, some models have good family genes, found a combination of eating healthy and exercising regularly, or are just naturally thin, but most of the time, in order to look like the woman on the front cover or to fit in the sample size double-zero dress for fashion shows, models develop eating disorders. Why? Because people in the fashion industry tell them that they have to fit a certain size- a double-zero. At the end of the day that means that they have to do anything it takes to fit into that dress, and achieving that goal can be met with anorexia or bulimia, which are fatal eating disorders.

But when is enough, enough? How far do we we need to go for society to see that inside, that model on the front page or strutting the catwalk might actually be craving a hamburger with fries- but lives in a world that tells her the only way is for her to be successful is to throw it up afterwards? How many young girls have to continue damaging their body because they aspire to achieve the “perfect” body like a model on the catwalk, in a movie, or on a magazine?

Who is stopping this atrocity? This past December, France took a step forward to kick any issues regarding eating disorders out of the fashion industry. France now requires models to present an up-to-date doctors note to the modeling agency saying that he or she is within the healthy BMI range with respect to weight and height ratio, in order to be hired for a modeling job. The law states that if a fashion agency is found using models that are under a BMI of 18 with regard to one’s weight and height, the agency could face six months of jail time and a fine of about $82,000. Another addition in the law is that if a commercial photograph is photoshopped, the photo must be labeled “retouched photograph”. France now stands with Spain, Italy, and Israel to get rid of eating disorders within the fashion industry. The problem of models being unhealthy became apparent to Israel when famous Israeli model, Hila Elmaliah, died in 2007 due to being anorexic. She weighed 60 pounds. Israel then passed laws, referred to as the Photoshop laws, in 2012. These laws state that models have to provide medical proof that they are a healthy height-to-weight ratio. While this law is general, it is mainly aimed towards female models. Although this law may not solve all the issues concerning eating disorders within the modeling industry, it is a step towards fighting the problem.

Today, many companies are providing clothing lines and recognition for and of all body types. Companies like Target, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, JC Penny, Modcloth, and more are creating clothing lines with consideration of all sizes. These brands are now illustrating not only one specific body type, but a multitude of them: a size 2 to a size 16, and everything in between. Sports Illustrated is also taking a step in the right direction by featuring the first ever size 16 model on the cover of their annual swimsuit issue. The model that is making and changing history on the subject of body image is Ashley Graham. The recognition of all body types is also being presented by Barbie, a doll company for young children. Barbie is now changing its vision of unrealistic bodies into a more clear-sighted view. This will help the way young girls look at and appreciate their bodies.

As a result of the diverging body types being acknowledged, society is slowly changing. The overall idea of one’s health is becoming more crucial than fitting into a pair of double-zero jeans designed for the runway.