Beauty and You
Beauty! It all starts the day one is born. People will be huddling over the new born child smiling and adoring it. “Look how cute he is!” “Isn’t he precious?” Positive statements such as these are the only things you will hear standing in that room. Nothing negative or pessimistic is said or most likely even thought about. This new born child will develop into a teen and eventually into an adult. Along the way what will he allow to influence his self-worth? Most likely he will be like the rest of us and be influenced by his own self-image as well as the public eye. Will he be the individual to see all the positive and constructive qualities in himself, or will he feed off of the negative. Alice Walker’s “Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self,” Carl Elliot’s “Putting Your Best Face Forward,” Nancy Clark’s “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall… Are Muscular Men the Best of All?” and the Dove company’s “Evolution” commercial, all describe how an individual’s own self- image plays a large factor in how one determines their importance and self-worth as well as their own beauty. The way that the media today represents body image and its definition of beauty contributes to social trends that result in negative and unhealthy lifestyles for women and men.
In The Eyes of a Women
Every day women look through magazines, watch TV, and go on the internet. In each of these activities they are exposed to advertisements of thin, young, air-brushed female bodies in which they idolize and dream of looking like (Dove Commercial). Images of these stunning females with perfect curves and flawless skin provide for a standard that many women feel they must live up to in order to be accepted by today’s society. “Researchers report that women’s magazines have ten and one-half times more ads and articles promoting weight loss than men’s magazines do.”(1). By seeing these female goddesses all over the media severe damage to one’s confidence can be done. Girls feel they...