Body Image And Society's Idea Of Beauty

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“Real beauty isn’t about symmetry or weight or makeup: its (sic) about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own” (“15 Reasons”). Many young girls are being brainwashed into believing a misconception of true beauty. They can be influenced by society’s idea of beauty through magazine images and social media. In most communities and even society as a whole, there are set values and beliefs of what is thought to be true beauty. However, society’s idea of beauty is profoundly distorted. The way someone feels and thinks about their body is known as one’s body image. It has little to do with someone’s actual body shape and size. (Wilcox 6). In a recent survey, a respondent tells her concept of beauty, …show more content…
These desired features can place people in beneficial situations, such as leading to an increase in pay and a higher social status (Muñoz-Reyes, Iglesias-Julios, Pita and Turiegano 2). The ideal beauty standard has gained the notion that there are specific traits a woman needs in order to feel pretty. In order to maintain society’s idea of beauty, a woman must have all of these characteristics. If one does not have a thin figure, a tall stature, or specific measurements, a misconception is that the person will not be as visually appealing as one who does (Sewell 62). The ideal body can be viewed in movies, magazines, advertisement boards, television programs, and especially commercials. Many try to imitate pop stars, actors, and athletes perfect bodies (Engeln-Maddox). In our world today, magazine articles are a main source of beauty knowledge, with readers taking in the authors’ words as the ultimate truth. In the past, they have informed readers about top fashion trends and the do’s and don’t’s of beauty. Currently, in the magazine industry, there has been a change of perspective in beauty …show more content…
To convey the message of true beauty, Seventeen magazine encourages girls to have confidence in themselves. In order to achieve this, they must present all body types in their magazine. Teen Vogue has also changed their philosophy on beauty. "Jane Keltner, fashion news editor at Teen Vogue, said 'It 's inspirational for girls to see how their peers are dressing. We try to use all shapes and sizes, but we 're especially interested in their sense of personal expression and style '" (Long). One’s peer group can inspire their fashion choices and their view of body image; in a positive or negative manner (Wilcox

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