« It’s just a really horrible mentality, » Halchishick said.
« So I was like, I really want to focus on trying to be part of the solution to this problem.
» Prior to the assembly, Close handed out a survey with about five questions including: What size are you? Even if she were a size 2, she wanted to be a size 0.
Halchishick believes this is because of the images young girls are inundated with of unrealistically thin models.
But now, Katie Halchishick — a 26-year-old Los Angeles resident and former plus-size model who struggled with her own body-image issues — is trying to fight the epidemic with her « Healthy is the New Skinny » campaign, which is promoted in collaboration with her modeling agency and nonprofit school program.