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So much pressure on me to be like magazine girls; Celebrity.

Byline: ALEX HOOPER-HODSON

Dear AlexDear Alex, EVER since I turned 12, I've been obsessed with my appearance. I always wear make-up and won't leave the house without it.

It takes me over an hour to get ready in the morning. I constantly worry that I'm not pretty enough.

All the guys I know want girls with a certain look - like they've walked out of the pages of a lads' mag.

The problem is that there are so many girls out there who are prettier than me and I feel like I have to compete with them all.

Trisha, 16 APPARENTLY, girls aren't allowed to be sloppy, messy or lazy about their appearance, unlike boys.

And then lads' mags have to come along and move the goal posts even further.

The thing is that these girls look the way they do because sometimes the pictures are touched up to look better.

Just take a look at a recent story concerning American pop idol, Taylor Swift.

A cover girl ad that showed her looking too perfect, when advertising a certain range of beauty products, has been removed by consumer watchdogs for giving out false expectations.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 2, 2012
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