Objectifying women and girls can be incredibly detrimental to self-esteem. If a girl is not respected as a person, how can she believe she has the potential to follow her dreams and make her mark on the world? Body image is one of the most talked about issues in terms of low confidence, and as we wear clothes every day, fashion is closely linked with body image. We often use the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but that isn’t necessarily true. I agree that identity is more than just appearance, but appearance can also be a powerful way of expressing identity and communicating.

It is undeniable that fashion contributes to the culture of defining a girl by her looks. Often times advertising focuses on stereotypes and a “correct” way of looking. In my opinion, the modelling industry is elitist and has a history of shunning anyone who is not exceptionally thin or Anglo-Saxon. Celebrities and influencers post flawless, often edited pictures in expensive clothes that look effortless....

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