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Interpersonal Conflict in the film American Beauty - When first presented with this assignment, I got very excited to be able to do a paper on this film. I remember seeing this film as a teenager and did not understand the point of it at all, but as I grew up I began to understand it completely. The movie American Beauty is about a family that is going through a very tough time because of lack of communication. There is a lack of communication between the mother and father and of course that puts a damper on the parents relationship with the child....   [tags: communication, american beauty, conflict]
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The State of Despair in American Beauty - The State of Despair in American Beauty In life, everyone must make choices. Choices give an individual the freedom to decide upon the path to which they will follow. Since it’s beginnings, the film making industry has focused on showing the direct relationship between the choices that people make and the resulting consequences they must face. In the movie American Beauty, the character of Lester Burnham must make many important choices that could either lead to his ultimate happiness, or draw him further into his despair....   [tags: American Beauty Films Movies Essays] 1418 words
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Review of American Beauty - Review of American Beauty The 1999 Academy Award winning movie American Beauty has many major plots and shows the reality of American life. This movie uses symbolism to get ideas across in many different situations and it shows the actuality of life, it is not always what it looks like on the outside. Lester and Carolyn Burnham seem like they have a perfect marriage and a perfect family life while in turn they are having a lot of marriage problems. Lester is going through a midlife crisis; he quits his high-paying job for a fast food service job at Mr....   [tags: Film Movie American Beauty Essays] 522 words
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The Film American Beauty - The Film American Beauty      In life, everyone must make choices. Choices give an individual the freedom to decide the path which they will follow. In the movie American Beauty, each of the characters has a choice he or she needs to make. The main character, Lester Burnham, is faced with many choices that could either lead to his ultimate happiness or draw him further into his despair. Carolyn Burnham, Lester's wife, is faced with a loveless marriage that exists only because she does not possess the willingness to break the cycle....   [tags: Movie Films American Beauty Essays]
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American Beauty - American Beauty American Beauty tells the story of one man's search for happiness. The film introduces the audience to Lester Burnham, an ordinary- looking married man and father in his forties. Lester is in a loveless marriage. Lester's wife, Carolyn, is so wrapped-up in her real estate career that Lester often claims that Carolyn doesn't even acknowledge him. Furthermore, Lester's daughter, Jane, is completely distant, often claiming how "pathetic" she thinks her father is. Moreover, Lester has dedicated fourteen years to his occupation, and suddenly, he is in danger of losing his job due to downsizing....   [tags: Film Movies American Beauty Essays] 3047 words
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Timeline of American Beauty - Not long ago, a woman’s success was measured by the success of her husband and her domestic prowess. Today, a woman is presumed successful if she can emulate the standards of beauty portrayed in the media. Unfortunately, this subliminally enforced standard is unattainable to some women, regardless of the quality of their character. Let’s examine how western women went from being pioneering superheroes, to people who measure their worth against airbrushed photographs of impossibly beautiful women....   [tags: Beauty] 724 words
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Miss All- American Beauty - An American Beauty rose, as known as Miss All- American Beauty is a fragrant hybrid tea rose, capable of lasting long as a cut flower. The rose is known as America’s national flower. Unfortunately it is prone to decaying and rusting (Jo). In Sam Mendes’ award- winning film American Beauty, these roses can be found throughout. Besides the roses, each character involved is chasing after their version of American beauty. The film’s title is appropriate, it is the reason that the whole plot revolves around the characters’ form of American beauty....   [tags: fragant, rose, girl, beauty] 1456 words
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L'Oréal and the Globalization of American Beauty - ... Jones acknowledged that and acted accordingly. This was a simple but critical realization that played a vital role in its success. Even though L’Oreal did face a sufficient amount of competition from the big corporate companies such as Unilever and P&G, it never backed down. After holding stocks for 5 years in Helena Rubinstein and Ralph Lauren Fragrances, it took over full control of the two companies in 1988 and 1990, respectively. L’Oreal the continued to make more acquisitions of other health and beauty lines....   [tags: top leading brands in the hair and beauty industry] 850 words
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The Sacred and Profane in American Beauty - ... Money is revered, feared, worshipped, and treated with the highest respect.” This reverence of money places its attainment as a sacred thing in and of itself, and Buddy's achievement of this powers his image as a sacred object. One of the most powerful aspects of the film is the exploration of the extent to which a person can be changed by their interaction with and connection to the sacred. The escape, even the perceived escape, from the profane can prove to be a force of immense and dangerous change....   [tags: motivation, social, durkheim]
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Death of a Salesman and American Beauty - Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that follows the dying days of Willy Loman. Willy is a salesman who is not very at selling whatever he is selling so he takes the easy way out and goes to his neighbor, Charley, who has worked very hard for his money. Willy thinks that Charley and his son Bernard are nerdy and that they are not successful. Success to Willy is all about looks, which is why his son Biff grew up with the idea that as long as you are well liked than you will be successful....   [tags: compare contrast, comparison]
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Analysis of the Film American Beauty - ... Lester Burnham, a husband and a father, who is the protagonist of the film, feels ambushed at home and at work. He has little to no control of his life as his wife Carolyn strives to be the perfect American family. Lester unleashes from being controlled when he meets his daughter’s best friend, Angela and sees her as a femme fatale and their neighbour’s son, Ricky. Ricky introduces himself to Lester on one of Carolyn’s business social function and gets along immediately while sharing a joint....   [tags: identities, personalities, lester burnham] 516 words
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Hidden Themes in "American Beauty" - In American movies there are many times basic plots, hidden themes and subliminal messages. Most of the time the producer is trying to make a point that is not clear to the audience. American Beauty is one such movie. The movie contains affection in two homosexual neighbors, a homophobic father, and a mysterious relationship between an average man and his teen neighbor. American Beauty focuses on the last year of Lester Burnham’s life. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is married to Carolyn Burnham (Annette Betting), and their marriage is picture perfect on the outside, but the perfection is only superficially....   [tags: Movie Review, Film Review] 849 words
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American Beauty and Thirteen - ... In both films, Evie and Angela are portrayed as sexually experienced. The type of lighting and camera effect used to show body features and movements is key to let the viewer experience the sexual vibe they let off in the present atmosphere. In American Beauty, Lester’s daughter Jane shows unusual sexual desires with her neighbor Ricky who is identified as a mysterious and creepy character. Sound plays a big role in the scenes that they are both present in because of Ricky’s unusual behavior....   [tags: identity, sexuality, cinematography, costume]
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Homophobia in American Beauty - I watched the movie American Beauty a couple of days ago and saw how homophobia might be a sign that the homophobic might be a homosexual. So I though I’d write about it. American Beauty centers on the last year of Lester Burnham’s life. Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, is married to Carolyn Burnham, played by Annette Betting, and their marriage is picture perfect on the outside, but the perfection is only superficially. Their marriage is based on projecting one image- a picture perfect suburbia lifestyle when it is in fact quite the opposite....   [tags: Character Analysis] 791 words
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American Beauty - American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes) is the gruesome but realistic story of a family living in a seemingly perfect suburbia. Lester Burnham, a father who is falling out of love with his wife, Carolyn Burnham, struggles to maintain a relationship with his family and despises his work. However, Lester remains unhappily in his life until he meets his daughter’s friend Angela, a young girl who he develops a strong sexual desire for. This encounter with Angela causes Lester to recognize the failed reality of his life, and he sets out to change it....   [tags: film, review, reality]
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American Beauty - The movie “American Beauty” is a drama film that depicts the inter-persona family relationships of repressed middle-class people, describes the process of rediscovering true values in life, and how personal changes affect inter-personal relationships (Cohen, Jinks, & Mendes, 1999). The Burnham family are the main characters of the movie, and the family consists of Lester Burhnam, Carolyn Burnham, and their daughter Jane Burnham. Lester is a desperate and frustrated man who hates his job, cannot confront his wife, does not have any respect from his daughter, and has no control over the events that occur in his life....   [tags: Film Review, Psychology] 1822 words
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Analysis of Beauty Pageants in American Society - In American society the promotion of beauty pageants and the like, are in direct relation to the physical and emotional issues arising within women. Like such television shows encouraging and persuading young girls to participate in these activities. Society supports the notion of giving females opportunities to experience and put the act of perfection out. Society puts these females out as role models when they are a complete opposite of how a normal teenage being and young ladies should appear to society on an everyday basis....   [tags: young models, anorexia, beauty pageants]
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The Movie American Beauty and Augustine Confessions - A stereotype of life is that when people are teenagers they go through a phase where they test the waters with their parents and start to rebel a bit. The teenager thinks he/she is all-knowing, which would be impressive since philosophers grasp for wisdom all of their lives, and think what their parents tell them is not relevant. The story in movies usually ends with the teenager having a revelation or growing up and realizing his parent’s were right and gains respect and love for them. In a sense he comes back home, which reflects the story of the Prodigal’s Son (Luke 15) in the Bible....   [tags: stereotypes, teenagers]
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American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes - “American Beauty” through images and character depiction attempts to portray and question the triteness of middle class sexual mores. One of the main ways director Sam Mendes portrays this is through symbols, especially in the seductive color red, used to represent both sexuality and youth. The characters of the film, through their dialogue and various deceptions to the outside world also pose questions about society’s expectations for sex. Mendes’ also utilizes lighting, props, sets and music as commentary on the sexuality of all of his characters, both sexual reawakening and oppression....   [tags: Imagery, Characterizations, Sexuality] 1163 words
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American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes - “American Beauty” is the 90’s film version of a satire about the ideal American dream of living in suburbia. It was preceded by “The Graduate” in the 60’s, the “Stepford Wives” in the 70’s and “Ordinary People” in the 80’s. “The best films about the suburbs are inherently going to be those that peel back the veneer made of clean lawns and nice cars to investigate the real emotions beneath the surface, whether tragic, comic, wistful, or some mercurial mix of all three.” (Web Design Schools, 2008) In American Beauty the characters may look like ordinary people living in idyllic suburbia but at the same time you see the pain, frustration and regret that they’re dealing with....   [tags: Suburbia, Appearance, Reality] 873 words
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Questioning the "Normal" American Family in American Beauty - ... The Art Culture Film website describes them as "trapped by the ideology of the American Dream" (Structural 1). Carolyn Burnham unnaturally obsessed with materialism and other's opinions of them (Newman 8). She has an obsession with her material items that she owns and to her they equal success. Mendes shows us a scene where Lester is trying to show passion by kissing Carolyn on the couch but all Carolyn could worry about was the beer almost spilling on the couch. Lester, frustrated, yells, "It's just a couch!" to which she replies that it is not just a couch, but one that cost $4,000 and is upholstered in Italian silk....   [tags: society, materialism, appearences] 522 words
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The Color Red in American Beauty - The Color Red in American Beauty "The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul." George Sand hit the nail right on the head when he said this in 1872. Appearance versus reality has been a central theme in many American creative works including the film American Beauty. American Beauty is a film that delves into your typical, middle-class suburban American home and slowly uncovers all of the abnormalities that lie within....   [tags: essays papers] 1632 words
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Characters are Central to American Beauty - Characters are Central to American Beauty In this essay, I will be discussing this statement, demonstrating how the characters are established and how they develop. The first character that I will be discussing and analysing is Kevin spacey (Lester Burnham). In this movie, we are introduced to Lester at the very beginning, where he as a narrator tells us he is going to die. Lester is a 42 year old man who is suffering through a mid-life crisis. At the age of 42, he has become apathetic to everything....   [tags: Papers] 738 words
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Comparing Ulysses and American Beauty - Ulysses and American Beauty      In the "Nausicaa" chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, a virginal exhibitionist, Gerty McDowell, flashes her "knickers. . .the wondrous revealment, half-offered like those skirt-dancers" at Leopold Bloom, igniting his sexual fireworks on a beach in Dublin (366). In a film set almost 100 years later in an American suburb, another virginal seductress flips her dance skirt, giving admirers a peek at her panties, and inspires Bloom's modern incarnation, Lester Burnham, into a similar burst of auto-eroticism....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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American Beauty by Sam Mendes - American Beauty by Sam Mendes This essay has problems with formating      In American Beauty, 1999, directed by Sam Mendes, we are confronted with the permeating images that have consumed mainstream American life. Mendes exploits these images as constructions that we created around ourselves as a means of hiding our true selves. Mendes is able to implicate us in the construction and make us active viewers by exploiting our voyeuristic nature. In American Beauty Mendes uses the voyeuristic tendencies of the spectator to acknowledge the permeating constructed images....   [tags: Film Movies]
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Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty - Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty Directed by Sam Mendes in 1999, 'American Beauty' is set in a seemingly typical suburban neighbourhood that gives an in depth look beneath the surface. An ordinary, financially well-to-do family is followed through the point of view of the father (Kevin Spacey). He narrates his life and lets the audience in on all of his quirks, flaws and limitations, as well as those of his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) and his daughter (Thora Birch). The film exemplifies the idea of achieving the 'American Dream' - not necessarily to reach your ultimate goal in life but to portray the image of reaching that goal....   [tags: Papers] 710 words
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Psychology in American Beauty - Psychology in American Beauty Have you ever seen a movie that just simply amazed you and almost disgusted you in a way. Well over this weekend my family and I decided to rent the movie American Beauty. This movie recently has won many awards for performances in acting and best role play. But that is not the reason we choose to watch American Beauty. We choose to rent this movie pending on the fact for me to write my final psychology paper on it. American Beauty struck me in very different ways some including feelings of disgust, truth and reality, but mainly it was filled with many social psychology terms....   [tags: Film Movies Papers] 1053 words
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American Beauty - American Beauty There continues to be an everyday struggle for us American’s to find out true identities. There are so many people in our society who feel the necessity to be someone they are not, in order to fit in. Only if they had a mirror; then they could look and see the fear and insecurity in their eyes. There are some situations where putting on a act twenty-four hours a day is a bit too much. For many, the suburban life is the America dream. For others, however, it can turn into a twisted nightmare of unfulfilled desires....   [tags: Film, Movie] 1374 words
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American Beauty - American Beauty Spacey and Bening play the unhappily married Burnhams. They have a daughter Jane (Thora Birch) and a nice house in the suburbs, replete with expensive tasteful furniture and a Mercedes SUV. Spacey's character is Lester, a sarcastic but weak-willed advertising writer who inwardly loathes his job and regards his wife with disdain--though he obeys her. Bening is Carolyn: a high-strung career-minded woman with an elaborately coiffured hair, garden, and lifestyle....   [tags: Fim, Movie] 668 words
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American Beauty - American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes in 1999, is one of the best and most unique films I have ever seen. One of the opening scenes of the movie starts with a view of Lester Burnham, his attractive, blonde wife Carolyn Burnham and their daughter Janie and what seems to be what seems to be the Burnhams picture perfect life and picture perfect marriage. The suburban house with the clean cut lawn and perfect garden, white picket fence, the oak trees lining the street, the two cars parked in the driveway, typical ordinary suburban neighborhood....   [tags: Movies Film] 1491 words
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Intertwined Works Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and American Beauty by Sam Mendez - Written in 1949 the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller takes the reader to the post war era in America. Here, Miller tells the story of the Lomans. Willy Loman is a sixty-year old traveling salesman. He has worked for thirty-five years to get his salary cut and put on commission, but he chooses to keep his low wage job, even though his neighbor Charley offered him a salary job. Willy suffers from self-inflicted hallucinations about his eldest son Biff Loman and his elder brother Ben, which ultimately leads to his death....   [tags: money, dream, protagonists]
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L’Oreal And The Globalization Of American Beauty - Introduction: L’Oreal was started in 1907 by French chemist, Eugene Schueller, who developed the world’s first synthetic hair-color product, L’Aureole. By 1912 his hair products were sold in France, Netherlands, Austria and Italy. In the mid-1930s, Schueller moved into the hygiene and toiletry sectors of the cosmetic market with great success. L’Oreal soon earned the reputation as the leader in European hair coloring and skin care products. Although L’Oreal reached European success, entering into the U.S....   [tags: Outsourcing, Offshoring, Free Trade]
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Comparing the Quest in M. Butterfly and American Beauty - The Quest in M. Butterfly and American Beauty      Happiness is defined as enjoying, showing, or characterized by pleasure; joyous; contented. Based on this definition we all search for happiness our entire lives. Two very different stories address this idea of the quest for happiness. M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang is the story of a man named Gallimard who is longing for his love "Butterfly" to return to him. John Deeney describes it as him, clinging to his idea of a "Perfect Woman" to the end by costuming himself into the victimized Butterfly though his final suicide....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Lester of American Beauty and Ricci of The Bicycle Thief - Comparing Lester of American Beauty and Ricci of The Bicycle Thief In American Beauty Kevin Spacey who plays Lester lives a typical middle class life with his family. His wife is having an affair, his rebellious daughter doesn’t talk to him and his neighbors are psycho. In contrast The Bicycle Thief portrays a tight family. Riccis wife loves him, his behaved son talks to him and his neighbors are helpful when a crises occurs. In both of these films the main characters, Lester and Ricci, go through a responsibility stage....   [tags: Film Movies] 995 words
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Exploring Identity and Difference from the Scope of Normative Gender and Sexuality in American Beauty and Thirteen - Today, it seems that everyday tasks are informed by dominant narratives of gender and sexuality. As a result, mundane activities can be understood as either succumbing to, or deviating from heteronormative expectations. The films Thirteen and American Beauty are not devoid these realities. I understand gendered expectations, here, through the scope of identity and difference. I posit that these films challenge normative understandings of gender and sexuality. Additionally, they raise important questions about identity in crisis and personal autonomy....   [tags: film analysis, cinematography]
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Comparing Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian - Self Discovery in American Beauty and Hermann Hesse's Demian After Jane Burnham's first meeting with Ricky Fitts in American Beauty she responds by saying, "He's so confident. That can't be real." If it isn't real, is it a dream. If it is a dream, is it Jane's dream. If it is Jane's dream, is this her unconscious wish for pleasure or happiness...to be like Ricky Fitts. There seems to be a theme running through the movie American Beauty where we see people looking to other people as a source to receive their own sense of confidence, or ultimately, happiness....   [tags: Comparison Comapre Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Perception in Blade Runner, Memento, Three Kings and American Beauty - Comparing Perception in Blade Runner, Memento, Three Kings and American Beauty Throughout this course, we have seen a number of films that are quite different. These films are diverse in their subject matter ranging from the drama of American Beauty, the political and action based nature of Three Kings, the science fictional social statements on technology presented by Blade Runner, to the fragmented and contemporary techniques of experimental Memento. However, I would argue that all of the above mentioned have been linked by an unsuspecting thread, and I am going to demonstrate what that thread is here....   [tags: Movie Film Essays] 1321 words
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American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppola - Reality. Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary defines reality as “something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily.” But what is real by today’s standards. Does what appears to be normal equal reality. By looking at two different films it seems that the old cliche stands correct. Things aren’t as they appear. American Beauty and The Virgin Suicides give classic examples of how “normal” and “happy” suburban life is anything but. American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes (1999) and The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppola (2000), share many of the same themes even though the plots are contrasted....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast]
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The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty - The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty       Disillusioned and disenchanted, both Arthur Miller's Willy Loman and American Beauty's Lester Burnham share sexual frustrations and a dissatisfied longing for their respective pasts, but Willy, like T.S. Eliot's equivocating Prufrock, is unable to move beyond the failures inherent in his mediocrity and instead retreats into his delusions.   On the surface, Willy and Lester have all the elements of settled, prosaic lives shaped from the pattern of the "American Dream": large homes in middle- or upper-class neighborhoods, successful children, loving wives....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Objectifying Young Girls is Never Okay - Background Beauty pageants became a part of American society during the 1920s. They started out as a way to bring tourist to Atlantic City. Adult beauty pageants were first to be televised in the 1950s. Child beauty pageants came on the scene around the 1960s. The pageants were designed to help boost children’s self-esteem and confidence. Child beauty pageants consist of modeling sportswear, evening gowns, dance, and talent. Depending on the type of pageant, the girls may be seen wearing fancy hairstyles and a lot of makeup....   [tags: american society, beauty pageants]
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Attractiveness over Intelligence - Obsessed with beauty, the American culture seemingly values attractiveness over intelligence. Different media outlets serve to reinforce certain societal feminine ideologies (i.e. thin, tall, young, beautiful, etc.). The overwhelming pressure to conform to cultural standards of beauty and the importance of attaining these ideals of thinness and perfection are commonly displayed in advertising. However, in 2004 Dove launched a campaign that promised to redefine such stereotypes. Researchers agree that a medium that depicts cultural norms and beliefs of “ideal beauty” have a direct negative impact on the perceptions of young women’s self-image....   [tags: American Culture, Beauty] 943 words
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The Vanity in Defining Beauty - When flipping though the the glossy pages of a magazine it’s easy to notice similar attributes possessed by the models. These include long healthy hair, straight white teeth, high cheek bones, slender bodies and delicate feminine features. One would assume that that these traits are common characteristics of beauty and universally recognized, but that assumption would be wrong. Take China for example, the cultural norm for beauty is incredibly diverse to America’s. Plump round bodies and cherub like faces are traits of the most desirable Chinese belle....   [tags: Beauty] 704 words
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Child Beauty Pageants - The lights are intensely bright as they reflect off the stage, leaving numerous loud, edgy mothers in dim luminosity behind them. Six year old Cindy pounces into the rays of the spotlight with a sham smile, flaunting her rehearsed dance, facial expressions, and postures. She finishes with a brilliant beam and pose, thinking of how much she has gone through to be on that stage: the eye waxing, hair dying, extreme dieting, fake teeth, layers of make-up, clouds of hairspray, extensions that give her headaches throughout the day, and the hours of practice she is forced to execute....   [tags: American Society]
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Different Types of Beauty to an Extent - America is also known as the universal "melting pot", where diversity is welcomed with open arms. This nation as a whole re programmed itself to be more accepting and more tolerable of what is out of their form of ‘the norm’; but, to what extent. According to Google definitions: beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight. So, speaking of technicalities, beauty varies in the eyes of the beholder or the individual’s opinion....   [tags: America, Diverse Beauty]
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Our Fatal Quest for Beauty - Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” He meant people search for beauty, even though people truly possess it inside themselves all the time. Beauty is in the individual and should be self-satisfying. However, today's cultural definition of beauty negatively influences individuals self-esteem. Society's idea of beauty is unachievable, demoralizing, and dangerously obsessive. Can people even achieve the cultural idea of beauty....   [tags: Beauty Essays] 914 words
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The Effects of Media on African American Females - ... Such insensitivity and ignorance has been expressed to these women by authority figures and people they know. Adepero Oduye shares a few comments that were made to her by people she cared for. She says, the people say you never work with hair like that, natural hair…I thought about changing my name; somebody suggested I get a nose job…and I'm just like I'm just trying to be me…” she continues by pointing out that “the message was, who I am isn’t enough.” In addition to being beat down by those around them, Famous African American women tear themselves down also....   [tags: over-sexualization, black beauty]
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What Is Beauty? - In American culture today, society's view of beauty is controlled by Hollywood, where celebrities are constantly in the lime-light. The media watches Hollywood's every move, and is quick to ridicule “A-listers” whenever they dare to gain a few pounds or to let an uncontrollable pimple show. The media has created a grossly distorted mental image of what should be considered beautiful, and with almost every junior high and high school-age girl reading and viewing this message, the idea has been instilled in them as well....   [tags: Beauty, argumentative, persuasive, definition] 756 words
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The Media Hides the Truth About Beauty - Beauty is a very abstract idea. As far as human beauty is concerned, in today's society there are celebrities and pop stars to look for as the ideal man or woman. At first this idea may seem pretty normal due to the amount of fame and fortune the celebrities have. On closer inspection, many of the celebrities have had various plastic surgeries to manipulate themselves into a so-called "perfect" form. Some famous people have so many surgeries performed on themselves one would believe they were a shape-shifter because every time they're seen something in their appearance has changed....   [tags: Beauty Essays] 900 words
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Beauty: The Media Profits by Making Girls Hate Themselves - Beauty is a cruel mistress. Every day, Americans are bombarded by images of flawless women with perfect hair and smooth skin, tiny waists and generous busts. They are presented to us draped in designer clothing, looking sultry or perky or anywhere in between. And although the picture itself is alluring, the reality behind the visage is much more sinister. They are representations of beauty ideals, sirens that silently screech “this is what a woman is supposed to look like!” Through means of media distribution and physical alteration, technology has created unrealistic beauty ideals, resulting in distorted female body images....   [tags: Beauty Essays]
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The Beauty Detox Solution and Foods - “The connection between food and beauty is incredibly powerful. Just by changing the foods you eat you can radically change the way you look and feel” (Snyder, 2013). Kimberly Snyder is the author of the Beauty Detox Solution and Beauty Detox Foods. While backpacking for three years throughout 50 countries, she learned how health and beauty are viewed. Because of her fascination with what she learned, she became a certified nutritionist when she returned to the United States (Snyder, 2013). Not only has she shared her health tips on Good Morning America and the Dr....   [tags: american diet, detox solution, kimberly synder]
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Children and Beauty Pageants: Just Say No - Young girls should not be exposed to beauty pageants. Beauty pageants became part of the American society in the 1920's. Child beauty pageants began in the 1960's. Child beauty pageants consist of modeling sportswear, evening attire, dance and talent. The children are judged based on individuality in looks, capability, poise, perfection and confidence. (“Kareen Nussbaum”) Putting your child in a situation as to being Judged by others is terrible. Young girls should not be judged by how they look, weight, height etc… this can make the girls feel insecure about themselves when they are older....   [tags: child beauty pageants]
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Crime Against True Beauty - Eight girls are standing in line at a movie theater. All smiling in a carefree manner that could be expected of any all American teenage girl. However, statistics say that two of these girls bare scars on their bodies that our society would deem, “self-inflicted”. The truth of the matter is, these two girls are wounded by the immense weight of our cultures requirements for beauty. Requirements that can potentially be explained by science, but neither the way in which our society allows itself to be controlled by such mundane fancies nor the effect on the people it oppresses is by any means justified....   [tags: Beauty]
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Beauty Pageants - Throughout history, mankind has promoted excellence through primitive rituals, community events, and collectively instilled ideals. Beauty pageants represent one of these efforts in their endeavor to define femininity and grace as well as ever-changing gender roles in society. While some believe beauty pageants to be harmless social events that provide educational and national advancement, spawn awareness for charitable causes, and encourage confidence, others suggest that such competitions confuse societal morals, exploit women, and instill insecurity in young girls worldwide....   [tags: American Culture]
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The Bombardment of Barbie’s and the Branding of Beauty - “[In] a poll done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of 3,000 fourth to tenth graders revealed that most girls can’t look in a mirror and say, ‘I’m pretty!’ or even ‘I’m okay!’”(Cordes 4). Social media, avenues of peer and parental influences, and role models of “beauty” cause young girls of today’s society to develop distorted views of beauty for themselves. America over time has reached a level that depicts beauty as an unrealistic and unachievable model of the “perfect beautiful girl.” According to research by Shelly Grabe, Janet Shibley Hyde—both staff of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—and L....   [tags: Beauty ]
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Children Beauty Pageants - As the clock steadily ticks down the minutes until show time, the dressing rooms grow chaotic as last minute preparations are performed. Final gusts of hair spray are generously applied to the girls’ hair, and extra bobby pins are securely fastened to their heads to prevent a single hair from falling out of place. While the girls apprehensively await their moments to shine, their stylists and mothers hastily finish applying their makeup and adjusting their glitzy outfits. Aside from a few shed tears, the girls are soon ready to begin....   [tags: Grand Supreme, young beauty, Elizabeth Day]
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Beauty in the Eyes of the Dine' Navaho Culture - Throughout this unique class, we have explored many amazing facets of the Dine’ people. From stories, to pieces of art, to the language itself, the beauty of Navajo culture is easily seen by all who have the fortune to come into contact with them. Unlike Navajo culture, however, the Western world uses a very loose definition for “beauty” that typically revolves around physical traits: a beautiful girl usually looks a certain way, a beautiful voice usually sounds a certain way, and a beautiful painting usually looks a certain way....   [tags: Native American peoples and beliefs]
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Campaigning for Real Beauty: Dove® and Changing Stereotypical Body Images as Seen in the Media - Today society has never been more aware of the impact the media has on what is considered to be an attractive person. Those who are most vulnerable by what they observe as the American standard of attractiveness and beauty are young females. Their quest to imitate such artificial images of beauty has challenged their health and their lives and has become the concern of many. As a result, advertisements used in the media are featuring more realistic looking people. As the modern world has changed, the idea of what is beautiful has changed as well....   [tags: attractiveness, beauty, eye of the beholder]
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Beauty Podcasts - Numerous clothing ads appeared in the August 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine to show of the fall's biggest trend especially for “back-to-school” shopping. The eyes of the reader are first drawn to Seventeen's headline of “1081 Ways to Look Amazing;” and further into the magazine, the readers are attracted to models who appear to look like seventeen year-olds. Majority of the clothing ads portray the “everyday” teenager who is constantly happy, and most of all, thin. However, Torrid's clothing ad differentiates from the rest of the advertisements....   [tags: Beauty ] 1308 words
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Beauty in the Media - Beauty in the Media: Unattainable Beauty- Self-Improvement or Self-Destruction. Sexy lingerie, skimpy clothing, high heels, and lots of skin; this is what can be seen walking down any street, flipping through any magazine, browsing online, or shopping for groceries. Everywhere a person turns women’s bodies are being graphically used to sell a vast variety of products. Sex sells is the mantra of the advertising world and why would it not be when the use of sexual images dramatically, and provable increases sales....   [tags: Unattainable Beauty, IMprovement, Destruction] 1585 words
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Beauty of America - ... People have gone to extremes to meet the criteria of what us as people look upon as beauty on magazines and TV. The media needs to show what real beauty is in people of different ages, sizes and different ethnicities. The media has impact the way the world defines beauty because of what they show beauty is to them is what society thinks is beauty. The way beauty is defined is how girls feel they need to be in order to fit the definition. The beauty in America is seem to be define in precise way because the skinnier you are the more beautiful you are....   [tags: real beauty, society ideals, body image] 1312 words
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Sheri S. Tepper's Novel, Beauty - There are many misconceptions about beauty and its importance, in todays society. In a time when physical beauty can be of utter importance, we seem to be at a loss of it. What is beauty and where can it be found. Can we see it in the air we breathe, the brilliant oceans, in the striking sunsets, or even in one another. With the weight of beauty in today's society, the common use of expressions used to describe life's brilliance is expected. The many expressions used to discuss beauty such as "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" and "beauty runs only skin deep" all stimulate different opinions and create controversy, but the most notorious of all, being that "beauty doesn't last forever...   [tags: Beauty Sheri Tepper Essays]
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Beauty Redefined: The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty - The definition of beauty has been distorted through out time. When most people think of beauty, the first thing that pops into their mind is the physical appearance of someone or something. Beauty is not based only of what is on the surface. There is no standard of perfection when it comes to beauty. There is no right or wrong when it comes to beauty, only what one believes is the truth. Beauty is the way one feels about themselves as well. There are many companies that have changed their way of advertisement....   [tags: beauty, dove, advertisements]
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What Is Beauty? - What Is Beauty. There are a number of perceptions on the idea of beauty. To narrow down this broad subject, one must view a plethora of information on the definition of beauty. In today's society scientists have included a number of statistics about how the real world views a person. However, these studies show that society can be harsh on the concept of beauty when criticizing a person on how they look on the outside. In a 2008 Dove article entitled "Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem", the article asserts that girls take how they and other people view them very seriously which lead to drastic measures such as wrist cutting or starving themselves....   [tags: Beauty, definition, argumentative, persuasive]
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The New Face of Black Feminine Beauty - The New Face of Black Feminine Beauty Since the early 1900s, Black women have had a fascination with their hair. More explicitly, they have had a fascination with straightening their hair. The need to be accepted by the majority class has caused them to do so. Though the image of straight hair as being better than coarse hair still hasn’t left the Black community, there has been a surge of non straight hairstyles since the nineteen sixties. Wearing more natural hairstyles, which ironically enough include ‘weaves’ and ‘hair extensions’ has been considered to be more empowered and more enlightened....   [tags: Hairstyles Beauty Advertisements Media Essays] 1275 words
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What is Beauty: Unrealistic and Unobtainable - What is Beauty: Unrealistic and Unobtainable For centuries mankind has unsuccessfully attempted to define beauty. Greek philosophers, including Plato, tried to define beauty as if it were as simple as any other law in nature. However this cannot be so because the idea of what is beautiful has varied throughout cultures and the ages. In the 1800s women who were pale and rather plump were considered objects of desire; but in today’s society, desirable women are slender and tan, among other things....   [tags: Beauty, argumentative, persuasive] 955 words
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The Definition of Beauty Throughout the Centuries - Dangerous Ideals A woman may ask herself, "what traits are considered beautiful?" Over the years, the most sought after qualities could easily be viewed as long light blonde, ruby red, or midnight black hair, skin as milky as ivory, lips as red as a cherry, a bust as perky as ripe melons, a waist as seamless as an hourglass, hips that are voluptuous and round, all with legs as long as stilts. The flawless image of Jessica Rabbit walking into a smoke filled room containing men who gawk, trip, and even fight their way over each other, just to catch a glimpse of this exotic, beautiful, sensual woman is the epitome of sexuality....   [tags: epitome of beauty, pop culture]
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The Ethics of Beauty Pageants - Modern beauty contests started in the United States of America in 1880 with the first Miss United States bathing beauty contest held at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Since then, beauty pageants had been popular in many parts of the world. Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International, participated in every year by more than fifty countries, ceaselessly attracts huge audiences and supporters. The biggest, the Miss World competition, had been running annually since 1951, and although it is less popular in the UK now than it was in 1968, when it attracted 27.5 million TV viewers, it still attracts an enormous worldwide audience of up to 3 billion viewers in 120 countries....   [tags: social issues, modern beauty]
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Unattainable Beauty Portrayed in Media - Through today’s society, precision is known to outline the overall understanding of beauty. According to Americanized ways, any infidelities puncturing ones appearance are said to be unacceptable and nonconforming to the world today. These beliefs arose as one may mature throughout life. Whether a child is brought up through the ways of ideal parents or by way of a single parent, their teachings have an impact on the confinement of society. Through the ways of an idyllic family, parents may be prestigious towards their children on how they may always present themselves....   [tags: Women and Media, Ideal Beauty] 757 words
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Beauty and Behavioral Standards and Disney Programs - When discussing the definition of beauty in today’s society, thin, fair-skinned, and long-haired are all words that are agreeably in the top five adjectives used. These standards of beauty tend to be engraved in brains of children, teens, adults, Americans, Asians, Europeans, men, women, and etc. all day every day. These ideals are portrayed through television commercials, billboards, newspaper ads and all other forms of media, such as Disney channel programs. Behavioral norms are also a major topic depicted in Disney channel programs; these programs depict that certain races, social classes and genders behave in certain ways, some which are sometimes stereotypical....   [tags: social issues, beauty]
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How the standards of Beauty have Changed - When most girls are little, their minds and imaginations illuminate at the sight of the beloved Disney princesses, with beautiful ball gowns, perfect hair, and dainty waists, as they start to become their first heroines. They grow up a little and play with Barbies, dressing her for day on the beach or a date with Ken. Soon enough, these girls are up flipping through magazines, in awe of a movie star’s dress that perfectly silhouettes her body, or of a model at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show who walks with such a calm cool....   [tags: beauty, body image, fashion] 1504 words
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Racial Beauty: African-Americans - African-Americans are represented as people who suffer from white people othering, internalizing the white beauty ideal and scapegoating, which convinces them they are inferior to white people. African-Americans feel unworthy to white people, as a result of white people trying to distance themselves as far as possible from African-Americans. White people want to have clear boundaries between me and not-me, in order to retain their identity. In The Bluest Eye, African-Americans function as the ‘Other’, thereby representing everything that white people do not want to be....   [tags: african americans, standards, self-esteem] 522 words
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Societal Standards of Feminine Beauty - ... Mainstream magazines and advertisements are another potent source of idealized images of women. “Findings of one study indicate that 83% of teenage girls reported reading fashion magazines for about 4.3 hours each week” (Thompson & Heinberg, 1999). Female’s motivation behind reading these magazines and advertisements are to obtain information about beauty, fitness, grooming and style. Magazine and advertisements are marketed to help women better themselves by providing information and products that are supposed to make them look and feel better....   [tags: looks, beauty, image, social, self-schema]
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Values of Miss America Pageant - She’s intelligence and humility. She’s fair and honesty. She’s Miss United States. These are not the lyrics to the song that is played after a contestant wins the ever-so coveted crown. These are not lyrics to any song at all actually. But why not. Aren’t those all attributes most people yearn for. While of course these characteristics are things everyone tries to perfect throughout their lifetime, this is not the focal point of the Miss America pageant. The actual lyrics are; “She’s beauty and she’s grace....   [tags: Beauty ]
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The Beauty Myth - This essay is for women who believe their thighs are too big, their breasts are too small, their hair is boring, their skin is flawed, their body is shaped funny, or their clothes are outdated. This month's column is for women who believe their life would improve if they could lose 15 pounds; if they could afford contact lenses, that new perfume or anti-cellulite concoction; if they got a nose job, a face lift, a tummy tuck, etc. This month's column is for women who feel shame or unhappiness when they ponder some part (or all) of their body....   [tags: Beauty and the Media] 1967 words
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We Need a Minimum Age for Child Beauty Pageants - Fake hair, false teeth, spray tans, and waxed eyebrows are just a few things that some of these girls have when preparing to compete. The competition consists of young girls competing for the crown of beauty. Attention starved moms put their daughters in older aged attire and layer them up with makeup and glam to compete for the winning title. The judges pick for the most beautiful girl wins the title, a sparkly crown, a trophy, and cash. Even though beauty pageants teach children to compete, child pageants are affecting children’s childhood because the children grow up faster than they should and it teaches young girls that their true beauty doesn’t exist and they should dress and act olde...   [tags: Child Beauty Pageants]
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The Biopower of Beauty - In “The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialism and Global Feminism in an Age of Terror,” Mimi Thi Nguyen argues that beauty as a measure of moral character functions to regulate an individual. Nguyen explains that beauty promises to be redemptive and bring an individual from the outside in relation with the world(362). For example, the United States through nongoverenmental orgainizations (NGO’s), have promoted beauty to Afghanistan women because it is a way if liberating them from an uncivilized barbaric society that oppresses them to hide their beauty through the veil....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Mimi Thi Nguyen] 1122 words
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American Teenagers and Plastic Surgery - American Teenagers and Plastic Surgery Plastic surgery is not a new field of medicine. Traditionally, plastic surgery dealt with fixing abnormalities of the body, but recently people are enjoying the luxury of plastic surgery simply because they are not happy with their appearance. People make appointments with plastic surgeons for procedures such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, tummy tucks, face lifts, and most commonly breast augmentation. These people look forward to desired results from such procedures without considering the risks....   [tags: Health Medicine Beauty]
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Racial Segregation in Beauty Pageants - ... Now, into the 21st century, Nina Davuluri of Indian descent, otherwise known as Miss America 2014, is not treated any differently. To take home the crown in the Miss America competition, one basic rule states that the contestant must have virtuous character and health. Therefore, to presume that Nina transpires to be a terrorist is vacuous. Nina would not even be allowed to enter the Miss America pageant, let alone win it, if Nina had immoral virtues or motives. Similarly, in a case that Nina has Muslim or Arabic citizenship, Nina would not be eligible to apply because a Miss America contestant must be a US citizen....   [tags: discrimination, miss america, competition] 946 words
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Black Beauty - This beautifully illustrated book of black icons that have dazzled us throughout history, carefully examines how African Americans gradually conformed their ideas of black beauty to the standards set forth by the early European settlers. The question that the author, Ben Argogundade poses is “What is black beauty?” (8) His book was written as a guide that presents a better understanding concerning the history of black aesthetics altogether. Argogundade boldly examines the controversies that people of color experience regarding aspects of light skin being viewed as better than darker skin and Afro hair being viewed as “bad hair”....   [tags: African Americans, Celebration, History] 793 words
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The Everchanging Perception of Beauty - What is beauty. It seems like a simple enough question, yet it has an extremely elusive, ever-changing answer according to American society. What is “popular” or “stylish” at the moment could be completely obsolete the next. This question has plagued societies for ages and continues to motivate women all over the world go to drastic lengths in their search for beauty. As women in remote Asian villages search to attain beauty by stretching their necks with heavy metal coils (Anitei) and women in America lie in enclosed melanoma-inducing tunnels of light so they can emerge gloriously tanned (Is Indoor Tanning Safe?), God has another, far more fulfilling plan for true beauty....   [tags: sex appeal, attractiveness]
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