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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back to Basics.... Let's Talk About Smoking Today


Well, just when I was thinking that a cigarette was sounding really good I turned on the TV and happened upon an old episode of "America's Next Top Model" that I purposely had refused to watch when it first came out. Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge reality TV fan and I refused to watch this particular episode because I was still smoking at the time and didn't want to see Tyra Banks being, in my opinion, VERY hypocritical with her stand on banning the girls from smoking on ANTM cycle nine. Don't get me wrong, I love America's Next Top Model and it has been on for nine different seasons and nothing was EVER said about smoking until cycle nine? Come on, the girls have always sat outside and smoked up a storm while talking shit about their competition. I mean really, why wait nine or ten years to make the girls do a photoshoot that depicts the worst of smoking related health problems? I mean, if she was REALLY that concerned with ANTM girls being role models, I think she would have taken the stand against showing models smoking "to look cool or to lose weight" long before she did. I was left with the feeling that a lot of the "ban" in the house was to improve Tyra's own image and the image of the show as well as ratings ploy.
Anyway, after all the being said, watching the girls do the photoshoot made me REALLY grateful that I have not picked one up lately. The pictures show the glamorous image of a smoker and in the mirror, it shows the health risks and the not so glamorous side of smoking. I got pretty grossed out and these images definitely made me think: Here are a few of them:


Coughing up blood is oh so glamorous....


Premature aging is great for modeling.....


Being a burn victim is great fun.....


Chemotherapy makes your hair look fantastic....


If you lose your hair, simply rock the bald look!


My Personal Favorite is the oxygen mask. What a sexy accessory don't ya think? I used to see people with these things and it used to really freak me out!


Anyway, this episode definitely gave me something to think about. I hope everyone is smoke free or on there way to being there. As I put together more days I need to remember that I am one cigarette away from being a pack a day! I have not smoked in seven months and I really want to keep it like that!

Peace, Diva

2 comments:

maggie's mind said...

Yay on 7 months, Diva! I still remember that I could go back. I've quit in the past well over a year and went back, so that's part of why I'm doing what works for me this time keeping it at the forefront of my mind. It's not the method for everyone, but it is for me. I do not want to go back to smoking. I love the idea of the ads because there is so much truth to how much damage it can do on the inside that isn't always immediately apparent.

Sherri said...

Diva, I am right there with ya darlin. 7 months is fantastic. It's so weird the way those thoughts of having just one pop in your mind. It is still a daily decision for me. Just not as vocal as I was. I'm so proud of you. Keep it up my darling Diva!