lilmaninsc said"I believe beauty magazines promote low self-esteem."
I really have to disagree with this. I may have a slightly biased opinion as I work in the fashion industry, but I'm also realistic.
I've worked in the industry for 10 years, and during all that time I've never
met anyone in the industry that has every said something akin to 'the only way you can be beautiful is to be a size 2'. The fact is, clothing drapes better on a slimmer frame, making the clothing the focus and not the person. Yes, we want a beautiful face attached to the outfit, but there are also many, many, many 'odd' looking models out there too, that are at the top of their game, and are beautiful in their own way. Let's face it, we're doing this to make money, and a beautiful face will help with that, of course.
Saying that fashion magazines promote low self-esteem is like saying violent video games and tv shows promote violence in children. If that's the case, everyone who has looked at a fashion magazine has low self-esteem, and every child who has seen violence on tv will be violent. That's just not the case.
There are some unstable people out there whos self-esteem is affected by those magazines, just like there are some unstable children, or children without supervision, that mimicks what they see on tv. But those are the exception, not the rule.
We all know that those 'perfect, beautiful' models in those magazines make up 1% of the population, so if you look at them, then look at yourself and think 'I'm not perfect because I don't look like them', you have some issues that started long before you opened that mag.
This site is a good example as well. RealJock promotes fitness and beautiful, well developed male bodies. Does that mean that all of us on here that aren't 'perfectly ripped' will have our self-esteeem destroyed by being on here? Absolutely not. If coming on here, or looking through the pages of GQ and Men's Health makes you disgusted by your own body, you have issues that started long before clicking on the 'sign up now' button.