Pressure for a Model

3 12 2012

Every photo young teens see of models or celebrities forces them to feel like they need to look and be like them. But what we don’t know is how the models feel when they are on billboards, magazines and front page covers. The comments they receive and the pressure to be that “Girl, everyone dreams of looking like”

Two years ago model Adriana Smith suffered from Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. It all started from her first photo shoot for Victoria Secret, when she had to model a revealing bikini piece, alongside model Miranda Kerr. She tells of how when she was in the change room she pinched every piece of “fat” on her body and started screaming. But of course there was not a piece of fat insight.

Before every photo shoot Adriana would make her self vomit, and starve for the whole day, and binge when she got home. This happened for over 3 months until Adriana’s body wasn’t functioning properly. Adriana collapsed during a photo shoot and was rushed to hospital; she was admitted for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Adriana now sees a psychotherapist, she visits the children’s hospitals for kids with illnesses like she used to have . Adriana still does modeling but doesn’t let her self get out of control, she only models for causes she believes in, Adriana is the new cover model for Butterfly Foundation.

“Modeling isn’t about looking fantastic all the time and having the body of a goddess, there are sacrifices and limits” Adriana told us. “but it can also be the most fun and best times of your life”.

Below are resources you can call if you/or a friend is suffering from a eating disorder/anorexia/binge eating/bulimia

Butterfly foundation- 1800 33 4673
EDV- 1300 550 236

By Emma


The Bieber Obsession-Healthy or Not?

2 12 2012

Having an obsession does not physically harm a person. Justin Bieber is the biggest teen heartthrob in the world. He is so incredibly successful and is loved for his beautiful, flawless voice, music and personality.
There is nothing wrong with having an obsession with him because he is a good role model. He is a good, kind and thoughtful Christian person.

Life has not always been good for Justin. He was raised by a single mother who gave birth to him at only 18 years old. His parents separated when he was only a few months old. He lived in a tiny town in Canada and was very poor. So poor that he slept on a sofa bed in public housing. Until he was discovered on YouTube, signed to a record label and moved to the USA.
You are not doing any harm to yourself by having an obsession with Justin Bieber because he inspires people and writes songs that really mean something to him. He doesn’t make music to be successful, he writes music for his fans.

Bieber also encourages people to believe in their dreams because his craziest dreams came true. He writes music to inspire people and wants everyone to believe in their dreams.
“I’m telling you, people. Every day we wake up is another blessing. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you. Never say never.” –Justin Bieber.

Bieber is a Christian and he does not write songs with raunchy lyrics or to encourage alcohol or partying. Justin Bieber is a good role model and every teenager with dreams should look up to him, because he never thought putting a few videos of him singing on YouTube would make him famous and loved by millions of fans who believe in him and support him.
“Haters will say what they want, but their hate will never stop you from chasing your dream” ― Justin Bieber

By Alexandra

Are teenagers too caught up in their celebrity obsessions?

2 12 2012

Teenage obsessions over celebrities have been a normal part of growing up, particularly with girls. But are these little teenage obsessions of our generation becoming something that everyone is getting too caught up in?

Recently, we had Justin Bieber come to Sydney for a three-night stay from July 15th to July 18th. He was a special guest on the most popular morning news show, Sunrise. That morning, fans from all over the country lined up for 20 hours straight, and numerous of fans had to be helped away by security. It even included of some fans being admitted into hospital. It was such mayhem that they had 35 security guards, 30 police and 8 first aid officers. 60,000 people applied for a ticket to see Justin Bieber perform three songs. Child psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack said “Remember when Justin Bieber was on Sunrise? It was really dangerous, kids got trampled in the crowd”.

Teenage obsessions over celebrities are becoming very unhealthily. Crying, fainting and staying up at all hours trying to spot their celebrity obsessions is becoming very popular reactions to hearing about their celebrity obsession. Some teens will sit on their computer all weekend checking up on their Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site, to see if their celebrity obsession has tweeted back or accepted their friend request. It is getting out of hand.

Many teens’ lives are becoming based on celebrity happenings. Are they too bored in their own life that they become obsessed with celebrities? Or is it a conversation starter because every teen has their celebrity obsession, as it is a passing fad? News on celebrities is everywhere, we see them on the television, newspapers, magazines, and every form of media includes them, triggering many to idolize them.

Justin Glennon, a senior in High School said, “People shouldn’t focus on following someone’s every move, it should be about living your own life”. Whatever the trigger is for teenagers to become so obsessed with their celebrity obsessions and crushes, they need to be less recognized so that teenagers start to get more involved in their reality instead of getting too caught up in the gossip of their celebrity obsessions lives.

Pretty Little Liars TV Show Review

2 12 2012

“Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.” Pretty Little Liars is a popular book series that has been turned into an even more popular TV series. It is based around four girls who are all connected by the mysterious disappearance of their friend. Each girl has their own secret, however and the mysterious ‘A’ seems to know them all. The girls are being ‘haunted’ by an unknown stalker who threatens to ruin them.
Usually the book is better than the movie, correct? Not in this series. Whilst the book still has the ability to draw the reader in and create drama and suspense it is nothing compared to the series. Which is no wonder, really, when the TV series has a whole lot of techniques, special effects, music and setting choices at its disposal. Combined with a great director, stunning actors and actresses and a great script we really begin to see the potential.
When comparing the series to the books, you can see that they are quite similar. Rather than deciding to make a movie the company chose to make a TV series, so that they have the advantage of more time and because of this they can include more from the books so no-one is disappointed.
The setting was everything the book said it would be and more. When reading it, the images that came to mind were of the perfect, “Desperate Housewives” style street, complete with manicured lawns and fresh flowers. The TV series ability to suddenly change from a bright and happy street to a dark and scary place to be was definitely better than the book’s ability to do so.
Overall, the book is certainly a great read and impossible to put down, but the TV series is just that bit better. What’s your opinion?

Australia’s Got Viewers?

26 11 2012

The public display of one’s talent is important in the process of becoming who you are. Competitive shows, which air right across the country give ordinary people a chance to improve their skills and talents while also coping with the ongoing pressure that comes with fame. It is a great way to start a career as it provides the contestant with experience and knowledge on how to deal with cameras and paparazzi as well as the many rumours that circulate around the media.
Statistics have shown that rising stars who begin on competitive shows are 27% less likely to suffer from stress and emotional issues as those who rose to fame on their own. Psychologist Ian Somers explains, ‘a star has to cope with many issues in their everyday life on their own which often come emotional and physical consequences. Through competitive TV shows, they are able to slowly progress through the rise of fame, gradually dealing with media and fan base while being guided by experienced mentors. This provides them with the experience and support they need to keep a stabilised mental health status. ’
Not only do shows like this benefit the people involved, they also provide a great source of inspiration for viewer’s right across the world. Master Chef has a diverse fan base, which includes young children who are inspired to learn how to cook and create. This skill is essential in life and learning at an early age with greatly enhance the child’s abilities as they progress through life. Shows like X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent also offer encouragement to the younger and even older generations, to strive for their goal because anything is possible.
Television shows have such a big impact on society so it is only right to be portraying a positive image and promoting self-confidence and belief. Both of these aspects are positively publicized through the use of reality and competitive television shows. From these shows come inspiring stories and positive people which allow the world to see the real them and understand real life struggles that come with growing up and living life. The Biggest Loser is a great example of a positive influence. It inspires and creates opportunities for everyday people to get into shape and improve their lifestyle. This has a good feel to it and is truly inspirational to all members of the public.
In a survey conducted by our researchers at The Shore shows that 79% of people prefer television competition shows to soap operas and other genres. When asked their reasons, the common response was simply that it was much more relatable. These types of programs promote real people and real talents instead of the usual dramatic scene that is common in television shows. Most of these programs are audience based, allowing viewers to state their opinion and have their say. This gives them a sense of power as they are able to express.
Competitive television shows have a clear impact on the audience and should continue to promote the use of real people and real talents for entertainment.

By Ella

Winds of Change always blowing in virtual world

25 05 2011


Joshua is quick to extol the virtues of Booralie Island, NBCS’s experimental virtual
world. “Booralie Island is a fun and innovative way of learning,” he begins enthusiastically,
quoting what seems to be the project’s unofficial motto: The teacher who pioneered
Booralie at NBCS echoes Josh’s statement almost word for word when questioned
about the program.

But Josh is surprisingly quiet about his own part in Booralie’s
development, despite contributing so heavily to the program that his teacher
has granted him administrator privileges. He focuses instead on the team as a
whole: the original twenty with a dream and some software who started Booralie
at the school three years ago. Hundreds of students can now access the virtual
world for real-time discussions, activities and games. The dedicated team still
meets regularly to discuss, plan, share and build the site – a team that I’m
left in no doubt would welcome some new recruits in areas as diverse as script
coding, virtual decoration creation and flora arrangement. The latter turns out
to be the strange-sounding but apparently necessary task of planting virtual
trees in strategic locations across the island to improve its aesthetic

The fact that students are giving up their lunchtimes in
order to tend fictional buildings and plant imaginary trees  begs the question of whether maintaining
Booralie is worthwhile for the students or the school. When asked about
cost-efficiency, Josh immediately discusses host server problems which can
interfere with avatar movement, giving the impression that minor interface
glitches are the extent of Booralie’s efficiency drawbacks. This reporter is
inclined to believe him, as it appears that until recently, Booralie’s major
expense was the vast annual sum paid to the software company Linden Labs for
the right to run Booralie on their Second Life software. Teachers, along with
the rest of the team of students, have recently ushered in
a transition to the free but apparently error-prone OpenSim program.

As for the future, the team is hoping to introduce and
refine the Booralie Metropolis, a virtual city that will house educational
projects, mock-commercial ventures (there is no money in Booralie) and also be
more pleasing to the eye than the previous random scattering of structures. Having
seen the enthusiasm and commitment of teachers and their student teammates, I
hope that the CGI sun never sets on Booralie Island.


Fans gone wrong

13 05 2011

Harry potter fans
flocked to the book stores to get the latest novel by J.K Rowling, only to be
shocked to find that their favorite character, Harry Potter, in the arms of
Hagrid, the half giant.  Dead!  “Their reaction to his is death was quite
astounding really!” a book store owner claimed.  “There were tears and hugs. It was actually

When we asked around, a local therapist exclaimed
that, “Some people take it so far as to actually say they are squibs (wizards
or witches that have no magic) and go around feeling very ashamed and sad.  Others have taken the death so badly they
have lain in bed for days crying.”

“Packed to the Rafters”  also had a death in their hands. The funeral for Melissa Rafter
(Zoe Ventoura) attracted  two million viewers
for the one hour episode. Sheridon, who is a twitter fan, tweeted that the
incredibly swift reaction is out of control. Thousands of twitter messages show
that this death is real to so many fans. Who are these people?

One of the more serious cases of fan obsession is the new releases of the
twilight saga. Kids in the street actually go up to Robert Patinson (Edward,
the main vampire) and ask him to bite them. Facebook updates talk about the
love for blood and the obsession with Edward.  Some teenage girls have even gone so far as to
dump their boyfriends because they didn’t act or look like the famous vampire.

Fan obsession has actually gone too far. If you know someone with problems
like these please call your local therapy service or the kid’s helpline. It is
actually not healthy to be comparing someone to a fictional character or
becoming depressed over a character’s death. Fiction is not reality.