As mentioned above, the pressure to look ‘pretty’ is so immense for young girls.
And as magazines continue to simultaneously set the bar high, by airbrushing photographs, and crush women's spirits, by vilifying a famous name who dares to walk outside without any make-up, this pressure is simply becoming greater and greater.
In my opinion, every single woman in the world should read Unbearable Lightness, but I think it’s particularly important for young women and teenagers.
Those formative years are when our doubts about our bodies and our appearances really grab hold, and can become potentially life-threatening as time goes on.
De Rossi’s frank description of her battle with bulimia and anorexia, coupled with her tear-jerking account of the deep self-loathing that accompanies this striving for ‘beauty’, will ring true for every woman, whether she has ever suffered with an eating disorder or not.
There can be no finer example of the damage that our society is doing to its young women.
Portia de Rossi’s story serves as a potent reminder that the quest for a 'perfect body' is unattainable and, ultimately, destructive.