Nicole Clark, producer of Cover Girl Culture, helps prevent child sex trafficking

By Holly Austin Smith — From her column Speaking Out in the Washington Times

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2012 – Grocery shopping with my parents on weekend afternoons was a boring chore in intermediate and middle school.  However, I went along and helped to carry packages of hotdogs, baked beans, and fish sticks in order to reap my reward in the end: a fashion magazine.

I flipped through the pages and pictures, the articles and quizzes, taking my time to pick the magazine with the most relevant topics to make me cool, to make me popular, to make me Hot!

Once we were home and (most) of the food was unpacked, I sprawled across my bed to study every page.  I dog-eared any article, advertisement, or beauty tip promising to make me over. I scooped mayonnaise from the jar and onto my head in order to tame my frizzy hair, and I poured peroxide and baking soda over my toothbrush to whiten my teeth.  I ordered painful hair-removal products, wasted money on bronzing lotions that turned my skin orange, and I stole pockets full of products from Rite-Aid, including foundation, nail polish, and facial cleansing oils.

But it wasn’t enough.  Nothing made me look like the alluring models in the magazines.

Read the article on the Washington Times website

One thought on “Nicole Clark, producer of Cover Girl Culture, helps prevent child sex trafficking

  1. Hi Holly,
    Thanks for the article on this priority issue. I’m glad there are people reaching out to kids to counter the media message we’re bombarding ourselves with. Our precious kids need all the help they can get discovering and accepting themselves as they are, instead of trying to live up to impossible advertising and movie standards. Great story! Have you read In Our Backyard by Nita Belles, or Somebody’s Daughter by Julian Sher? They focus on sex trafficking among girls in the US. I’m curious about your perspective on either of them, and whether they address any of these issues well. Runaway Girl by Carissa Phelps is an autobiographical reflection of this issue, and I wonder how much of her story resonates with yours. If you have any other books that you think are particularly helpful, I’d love to either include your recommendations on my book descriptions, and/or add your recommendation reading to my list if the books are missing altogether.

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