Media And Beauty

It seems as though many women in the world we live in today struggle to find themselves comfortable in their own skin. What seems to be the big question is why do young girls and even older women feel as if they are not pretty enough? The answer to that question is the media. Everywhere we look, we see photo-shopped images that have taken away a woman 's wrinkles, freckles, blemishes, and has even changed her whole physique. When women see these "perfect" pictures, they begin to feel depressed about their bodies and wish they could look as good as the airbrushed, photo-shopped, and edited models in the pictures. The media has taken away natural beauty and turned it into something unrealistic to achieve. Do we really want young girls who have …show more content…
It has caused self-esteem issues not only in the United States, but all around the world. The media has everything wrong about what beauty really is, and it is not right for people to tell women how they need to look to be considered beautiful. The media has caused women to think badly about themselves and to even develop eating disorders. Lexie and Lindsay Kite, two sisters who wrote an article titled, "What the Media Gets Wrong about Beauty", stated in their article that "persuasive exposure to such a narrow image of women has shown contribute to painfully low self-esteem, a preoccupation with appearance, and full-fledged eating disorders"(Kite). This is clear evidence that the media has had a huge effect on many women. If the media has caused women to feel so low about their beauty, just imagine how it will only get much worse in the future. The media has caused many women to develop eating disorders in hopes to slim down their bodies to “fit in” and has changed the idea of beauty tremendously over the past 60 years. For example, Marilyn Monroe who was just 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 140 …show more content…
At the young age of just 12 years old, Gerren Taylor began modeling. She started modeling for highly known fashion designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, and DKNY. Her modeling career came to a quick halt when she turned 14 years old. She hit a growth spurt and reached 6 feet tall. She had also gained some weight and went from a size 0 to a size 4. She tried to land other modeling jobs but was told she had to slim down to a size 0. Of course, just like any other teenage girl, Gerren became depressed about her body. She stated in her interview, ". . . desperate to lose weight, I started exercising constantly and would eat just a yogurt or salad or a piece of bread at meals" (Ryan 66-67). This is one great example of how media and the so-called “beauty standard” affects all women of many different ages. At just the age of 14, a young girl desperate to fit in began to basically starve herself. It is so pitiful of what our thought of beauty has become. We should not have to feel ugly or out of place because we are not a size 0, do not have perfect skin, and are not the “normal” height. We should work together to make sure everyone is comfortable in their own body. We should help each other feel absolutely beautiful. Gerren Taylor has already started to do that. She realized what those people said about her was not true, and she started to create her own new

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