Yes, JoAnne Macco, I know other girls who had a similar reaction, comparing their bodies to the ones in the magazines. I never thought like that. Of course, at that age — I believe I was around 10 when I discovered the magazines — my body was far from developed so a comparison did not enter my mind.The photos just made me feel unsafe and confused in a very profound way.

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