How Body Image Is Defined As The Objective Picture Or Mental Image Of One 's Own Body

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Body image is defined as the objective picture or mental image of one’s own body. Models in fashion advertisements are a major influence of body-image in today’s society. Since the beginning, models have been used in the fashion industry to promote new styles and trends. Over the years these models have changed in appearance, depending on the “perceived aesthetic preferences of the public.” For example, from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, the ideal body was considered “fuller-figured.” Some characteristics would have included larger breasts, a slimmer waist, a curvy stature, and an hourglass shape. That being said, models are notoriously known for being extremely thin and standing taller than the average woman’s height. Cara Delavigne, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, and Miranda Kerr are well-known supermodels that all stand at 5’8” or taller. Young girls and women feel pressured to fit the measurements of these supermodels, causing adverse psychological effects that are manifested into eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
In a fascinating article titled, What the “Perfect” Body Really Looks Like for Men and Women, writer Brian Alexander identifies the differences between the media’s “ideal” body and the biologically preferred, “real” body that men are attracted to. Studies show that the average female body stands at 5’4”, has a curvy shape, wider hips, and carries weight in the lower regions. While most woman fit this description, it should be mentioned that women can come…

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