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Friday, November 26, 2010

Connecticut Cheerleaders Ask for Uniforms with More Coverage

Bridgeport Central High School cheerleaders Tedah Chan and Heidi Medina aren't happy with their skimpy uniforms.

Every year, young girls’ clothes seem to get shorter and tighter. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that it’s hard to find an age appropriate costume for young girls and perhaps even harder to find cheerleader uniforms that aren’t skimpy.

Last month, Heidi Medina, the captain of Bridgeport Central’s cheerleading squad, asked the Board of Education members if they would allow their daughters to wear an outfit that shows her midriff. Heidi Medina and her teammates told the board that their uniforms do not meet cheerleader regulations for meets. Cheerleader uniforms should cover the athlete's midsection when standing at attention.

"It really hurts our self esteem," Bridgeport Central senior Ariana Mesaros told the Board of Education, according to the Post. "I am embarrassed to stand up here dressed like this. Is this really how you want Bridgeport to be represented?" The Bridgeport cheerleaders’ uniform plea was requested just a month after a recent study of college cheerleaders linked eating disorders to bare midriffs. 

To learn more about this study, please read, 'Study: Eating Disorders and Bare Midriffs - Cheerleaders At Risk'. To prevent possible parent concerns and possible self-esteem problems among the girls, the Board of Education has decided to purchase black bodysuits for the cheerleaders to wear under their uniforms.

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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