Standards Of Beauty

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all! When we think about standards of beauty we think about celebrities and beauty queens. But what does it take to be beautiful like them? In the article U.S. Trends in Feminine Beauty and Overadaptation author Allan Mazur states that “Men place more importance on the physical attractiveness of women.” Because of this the average women today is affected by media to conform their physical beauty to portray the standards of beauty in today’s society.
There are many definitions to what beauty is. Many women have their own definition of what beauty should be but are stopped by what the cultural standard of beauty is. The myth that lies behind beauty is what men desire from women. Beauty
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What once was the ideal beauty is not the ideal beauty today. In history every era has had at least one women that was the ideal beauty. For the last seventy nine years many would say that Miss America is the ideal beauty, however there have been some actresses and singers who were and are also considered the ideal beauty. Some of those actresses and singers include Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe. The actresses and singers portraying the ideal beauty is Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Sofia Vergara, Beyonce, and Victoria Secret models …show more content…
According to a study conducted in 2004 women who have participated in child beauty pageants scored significantly higher on measures of body dissatisfaction, interpersonal distrust, and impulse dysregulation than women who did not participate in beauty pageants. Many of the women who participated saw themselves not as thin but as fat and that they should be smaller (Wonderlich). Depending on the age of entering beauty pageants some girls develop eating disorders and or mental health issues. With the media portraying the ideal women as thin many young girls see that and want to be just like the models on television and in magazines. However what the media industry does not see is the effect this is having on young impressionable girls. Some girls become so desperate to be like those women that they form eating disorders so they can be thin. Beauty pageants can be good for young girl’s self-esteem however for the young girls who don’t win it can dissolve what self-esteem they do have. Pageant contestants are not the only women who are effected. The media plays a big part in how young girls view

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