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Discovery Girls apologizes for body-shaming swimsuit tips

(Taffy Akner @taffyakner)

Discovery Girls, a magazine aimed at 8- to 12-year-old girls, has issued a formal apology for an article that gave bathing suit suggestions dependent on body types. The magazine recommended that girls who are “curvy up top” go with one-pieces with side cutouts or ties to “draw the eyes down.” Girls whose bodies are “straight up and down” were told “to add curves with asymmetrical straps.” Those “rounder in the middle” were recommended big block patterns to obscure the size of their stomachs.

Founder and publisher of Discovery Girls, Catherine Lee, apologized via the Discovery Girls Facebook page, writing that “any article that makes you feel bad about your body is not a good article, and should be questioned.” Responses to Lee’s apology, however, questioned why the article was published in the first place. “I don’t want your magazine telling my nine-year-old that she needs to feel ‘confident’ in her swimsuit,” wrote one reader. “She has no current thoughts about NOT feeling confident in her swimsuit.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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