As you might know, the past few days have been overwhelming, manic, exciting and surreal for myself and Georgia. After tweeting a photo, expecting a definite retweet from our friend Alex Mills and probably nobody else, the world’s media descended upon us.
So, in my previous blogs, I’ve explained the issue in hand – the fact that we both believe the super-skinny mannequins used throughout Topshop stores are, for most girls, an unattainable body image. We’ve also said that as much as it would probably be for the best that these mannequins are removed after eating disorder charities claimed that these images may act as a trigger for those already predisposed to eating disorders; it would be almost as equally as effective to just ensure that a diverse range of body types are portrayed. (The rest can be found in my previous blogs if you’ve missed them.)
So after a retweet from Dan Wootton from The Sun newspaper and an article on BuzzFeed was posted, the rest of the media latched on to what is definitely a very important issue. The photo along with articles on the matter were printed in a dozen national newspapers, glossy magazines, then international magazines and newspapers, websites, Hollywood news – spread across America, many radio stations and local, regional and national TV shows.
The response we’ve had from this has been overwhelmingly positive with about 1% criticism. We appreciate that not everyone agrees with us, or even cares about this issue, however, we’re happy with a generally positive consensus.
So after being all over the radio, on the TV for Look North (local news) and ITV’s Calendar, ITV’s Loose Women and The Wright Stuff, we were whisked away to London to Channel 5’s studios. In the meantime, back to reality – my cat had been sick all over my lounge floor and we’d had about 4 hours sleep between us. Glamourous! We arrived in London, absolutely shattered and were taken to Channel 5 HQ where we met a lovely woman named Charlotte who welcomed us and thanked us for making the journey. We also got talking to the wonderful and inspiring girls from The Self Esteem Team, one of whom was on the news alongside us. The interview went brilliantly, our point was put across and we felt we answered the questions sufficiently. We then jumped on Hull Trains 8.30pm trip back to Hull. Homeward bound. (After a few glasses of fizz!)
We participated in another radio interview on the train home – as we did with our Capital FM radio interview on the way there – with radio 5Live. (It was pretty awkward having a live radio interview on a silent train with several people staring at us, far worse than being live on national TV.) We finally got home and chiselled off our studio makeup and collapsed into bed!
I want to thank everyone in the media for their attention to this issue and for being so sensitive in the way they have handled it, not only towards myself and Georgia, but for women world wide. Without a doubt, the best messages and emails I’ve had have been from girls and women who have suffered from eating disorders themselves either a long time ago or in recent times, thanking me for what I’ve done and for getting such attention for the issue in hand. Such brave women! Although I do have to say, I can’t take credit for such hard work as all I did was tweet a photo. I would also like to thank everyone on Twitter, Facebook and various other social media for their comforting, confidence boosting and down right sweet comments. You’ve all made it worth while.
After causing an international whirlwind with my best friend, it’s safe to say we’re both ready for a few early nights and a couple of bottles of wine! (For those in Hull – catch us on Viking FM local radio at 7am then again at 8am on Monday morning.)