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


How to Cope with High School

2 12 2012

There is a lot to cope with in high school. Homework gets harder and is given more often. You get busier and busier and the workload is piled so high that you can’t even see what’s in front of you. To top it all off the punishment for incomplete homework is detention. Fun, right?
In order to get some information about how students cope with the workload in high school an interview was conducted with a Year 9 student. Jess was certainly feeling the strain of the heavy workload and the number of assignments all due in the same week. ‘I thought there would be less work. In Year 8 we didn’t have that much and I was definitely not expecting the amount of work we have this year. Now I’m worried for Year 10 – I mean what’s that going to be like?’ I’m sure this is the same for many other Year 9 students. The sudden increase of work was a shock to Jess and she has had to find a way of coping.
‘You have to get into the habit of being organised. That is the number one thing!’ Jess made her point clear with this statement. Organisation is key. Luckily many high schools provide students with diaries so they can track when their homework is due and put it in order of priority. Jess also makes the statement that there are other things that you can use to keep organised too, but the way you organise your work is completely up to you. However, there are consequences of not being organised. ‘I was not, and am still not organised and it was really hard.’
A great way to make sure that you do your homework is to reward yourself for doing it. If your favourite thing to do is walk your dog then take him for a walk as soon as you have done your homework. ‘It’s a big motivation…’ Having something to look forward to after you have done your homework is great and Jess agrees. ‘It’s good to have some time to do what I want to do.’ Jess has pointed out that having the right frame of mind can make all the difference. So if you forget your homework, instead of stressing about your detention, remember to ask; what’s the worst thing that can possibly happen?

By Chloe

The Not So Daily Column Talks About: Budget Airlines

23 04 2010

Budget airlines: Virgin Blue, V Australia, Jetstar and Tiger airways. We’ve all heard of them. But does everyone know what a budget airline is and what the consequences are of flying with them?

Most people know the show Airways in which we take a look at a day with low cost carrier, Tiger Airways. They feature people who are running slightly late or their flight is cancelled for fifteen hours. They are not compensated for it and some of them have plans to be there at a certain time. If you turn up one minute late you have to pay double the amount you paid for your original tickets and you get no money back.

 People are stupid to fly with these airlines because they are a scam! How can an airline fly with $50 tickets if another one does the exact same flight for $150. They have to be cheating or getting money for not doing anything.

QANTAS is an airline that prides itself on customer service. Tiger Airways is one that prides itslef on cheap flights but not much else. The staff work multiple jobs and are usually young and inexperienced. Food costs a lot of money; nothing is free.  There is no entertainment and you have to walk out onto the tarmac to get to your plane. No little pillows, no endless coffees and drinks, no packs to entertain the kiddies. Nada.

I think that these budget airlines should be banned, because they are a scam that no one has caught onto. They make their money by making people sad and grumpy. They are a demon inside a bunny rabbit costume and they are ready to pounce. They need to be brought to a stop!



31 03 2010


A place can be defined in numerous ways,

Spectacular views, warm sunny days,

A landscape of beauty, a lonesome street,

Or cafe’s of luxury, offering you treats,

The fresh loving smell of muffins and bread,

The scent that follows me, and tenderly spreads.

Or just the plain beauty of a beach nearby,

The waves at my feet and my head in the sky,

The soft sound of sand between my toes,

And walking to places no one else knows.

A cave in the distance, or just the park bench,

The exhilaration is too much to quench.

The small friendly shops that frame our roads,

Their product slash life’s work put on for show.

Plainly the comfort and spirit of a hometown,

Should be enough to get anyone down,

Down to this place of warmth and affection:

Avalon, a town of sincere perfection.  

By Lottie


19 11 2009

Lavender is a great plant. This herb is grown for its scent foliage and flowers in the garden and there are 39 species in total. Lavender is a heavily branched short shrub that grows to a height of roughly 60 centimeters. The oil in lavender’s small, blue-violet flowers gives the herb its fragrant scent. It is used in many different ways for e.g. in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes.

This herb is also considered a natural remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and mood disturbances. Research has confirmed that lavender produces calming, soothing, and sedative effects. It is frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit.

Lavender can be grown from seeds or cuttings. The best time to plant them in the garden is in the late spring or early summer, when the weather is warm. Lavender is a plant that likes full sun and prefers dry soil. Lavender is very low maintenance and only requires watering once to twice a week. Most lavender plants will only flower for around 3 years.

Lavender also contains medicinal qualities that stimulate and improve health such as insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, postoperative pain, and as an antibacterial and antiviral agent.

There is now scientific evidence to suggest that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improves sleep quality, promote relaxation, more stable mood, increased mental capacity, reduced anxiety and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.

You can buy lavender products such as aromatherapy oil, bath gels, extracts, infusions, lotions, soaps, teas, whole, dried flowers the list goes on. There are so many uses of lavender! 

 Basic Lavender Bath Salt Recipe

2 Cups Epsom salt
2 Cups coarse salt or sea salt
5 Drops of lavender high grade essential oil
5 Drops of blue food coloring
4 Drops of red food coloring
Ceramic or glass mixing bowl

Combine all ingredients except food coloring and stir. When working with essential oils, always wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

Combine both food colorings in a small dish and blend. Incorporate the food coloring into the salt mixture, stirring thoroughly. More coloring can be added if a deeper hue is desired. Spread bath salts on a length of wax paper to dry. If you are in a humid environment, the mixture can be placed on a lined cookie sheet and dried in an oven set on warm. The drier the salts are, the less likely they are to clump

By Vivian

Couch Potato Fried

11 11 2009


City Homicide, NCIS, Bones, CSI, Law and Order, Ghost whisperer, Rush, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, Castle, Life, Burn Notice – the list goes on and on… and on!

Switch on the telly on any given night and these shows flood the screen. Why do we love them? Because they are filled with adventure, mystery, murder and good looking people with unnatural intellect and a knack for solving crime. The only problem is – what happens when I want to watch something else? Sit down and try to find a TV show that isn’t riddled with death, sex, violence. Sure you can find it – at about 3:00pm on ‘Play school’. But I think most of us have graduated beyond that.

These ‘cop’ shows are for adults – but it doesn’t mean that they like them. Who really wants to come home after a long day work and watch someone get their throat cut out? Who really wants to sit glued to the television for hours on end because there is nothing else to do or because ‘that’s just my way of relaxing’? Because this is what we do, day in, day out. One question –WHY?

What happened to a family dinner – at the table!

What happened to stories and OH MY GOSH books!?

What happened to walks after dinner – not just from the table to the couch or the couch to the fridge but actually OUTSIDE!!!

Modern day teenagers are being thrust into this world of TV and internet. They sit down and watch ‘Bobby go out with Lucy who really loves Freddy who is in jail because he killed Sally’ and ‘Mr awesome tracks down Mr evil because he killed Mr ‘we’ll know when the autopsy is done’ with a bucket of liquid nitrogen and a twig’. So a new generation of people are being brought up on this? Why do we do this? Who really wants this? I’m not saying that TV is bad; I’m just saying ‘err hello? There is more to life than what the TV shows us – instead of getting our ideas of the world from the telly set, actually go out in the real world for a bit and stop to smell the roses!

Go on couch potato – I dare ya!



We need some suggestions!

9 11 2009

There are a range of new columns in Student Voice and all of them appreciate your feedback. ‘Marc’s How To Column’ is particularly looking for new topics to write on. Got ideas? Leave us a comment!