Hollywood Corrupts the National Body Image
When a girl looks in a mirror, it is not the beauty that is initially thought upon. Zits, “guts” and bubble butts, are just some of the things that are first noticed and instantly bring a quick feeling of disgust. Beauty is indeed in the “eye of the beholder.” However, what the beholder sees in our society must match that of someone famous and beautiful. In our current day society, American teens feel that they must obtain a certain body image and status to be “accepted.” It is evident that outward appearance means more to Americans today than personality. “Society pays a significant amount of attention to body image, physical attractiveness, youthfulness, sexuality and appearance” (Holmstrom). The prime culprit of this epidemic comes from Hollywood.
America has become so wrapped up in becoming just like those seen in movies, music, and television. “Every year, millions of people are hurting themselves trying to be carbon copies of these sex symbols” (Holmstrom). People go to ridiculous extremes to make this possible. “Several Central Michigan University students agree sources such as Hollywood, the media, television and even music can play at large role in how women view themselves physically” (Statistics). However, a beautiful body is not all that these women and even men gain. Stress, disorders, and very low self esteems come along as well.
The media swamps our minds with unrealistic body types in several ways. When women and even men look at the bodies of these idols, they become insecure about their own bodies. These images are seen daily which drive people even more so to reach the goal of becoming like those such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tyra Banks, and etc. These insecurities push people to change their lifestyles completely. It is especially worse if one with a low self esteem becomes wrapped up in this media “epidemic.” A recent survey revealed that low self-esteem linked to personal appearance...