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Supermodel Coco Rocha’s fury after Elle Brasil airbrushes her body on magazine cover
For a recent Elle Brasil magazine cover shoot, Canadian-born supermodel Coco Rocha wore a body suit beneath a sheer dress. The body suit, however, was airbrushed out in order to give the impression that more skin was shown. In response, Rocha expressed her anger on her blog, stating her disappointment with how her contract was ignored.
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Girl Model, a 2011 documentary film, explores the fashion and modeling industries and their exploitation of young models around the world. The film is told through the perspectives of recruiters and a 13-year-old aspiring model.
You can get involved by working with organizations likethe Model Alliance and Equity to advocate for the security and representation of all models and challenging the media’s influence on women and girls’ perception of beauty. You can also take action by learning more about the child labor laws in your state and sharing your stories about eating disorders.


Miss Representation: 
Sandra Fluke: “Women are Not Going to be Silenced”
Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, was called a “slut” and “prostitute” by Rush Limbaugh for her views on mandating insurance for contraceptives in February. Since then, Fluke has been the subject of a national political firestorm, yet she continues to stand up for her views and refuses to be silenced. In an interview with Marie Claire, she states, “…it’s clear to me from the events that have transpired since then that women are not going to be silenced.”
Miss Representation, a 2011 American documentary film, examines the under-representation of women by mainstream media. In Miss Representation, the stories of teenage girls and interviews with public figures compile new perspectives on women and girls around the world.
You can take action by writing a letter to the Op-Ed of your local newspaper to voice your opinion, becoming a rep for Miss Representation and sharing your story by posting on theirblog and/or creating a Youtube clip to empower women and young girls around the world.


Love Crimes in KabulIn Afghanistan, underground girls school defies Taliban edict, threats
Under the Taliban, many U.S. – funded schools have been closed, resulting in the deterioration of female education in Afghanistan. Eager to have an education, many Afghan girls defy the Taliban by attending underground schools to learn religion, math, reading and writing. The schools are oftentimes led by literate men in villages like Spina.
Love Crimes in Kabul, a 2011 documentary film, follows three young women inmates held in Kabul’s Badam Bagh women’s prison for “moral crimes” and examines the roles women can play in society. The three women are accused of premarital sex, running away from home, and adultery.
You can help by organizing an event to promote awareness and volunteering at organizations likeWomen for Afghan Women and Afghan Women’s Writers Project to advocate for the rights and education of Afghan women and girls. You can also get involved by raising funds for organizations devoted to women’s human rights and spreading the word.

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