For example, actor Laura Prepon well known for playing a major role in that “70’s Show” admitted in one of her interviews that she ruined her metabolism by trying tons of crazy diets just so she could look the right size. From a young age, girls always heard the saying “pretty hurts”. As the years progress the saying became true, from the pulling and tugging of the hair to squeezing in tight itchy dresses to please someone other than yourself. More specifically, there has been a very popular trend that every young actress that does not have time to develop their own viewpoint on how they want to look usually turns to drugs by their teen years. In particular, the once charming Olsen Twins has been in several magazines referring to the drug abuse or the eating disorders that they are battling.
Celebrities are setting the standards for the new thin trend. In Hollywood the pressures for actresses to get and stay thin is the source of a shocking and alarming trend. Females, especially celebrities, have become tinier and skinnier then ever. The look of being `skinny' has changed from being simply health conscious to a dangerous obsession. This sudden obsession with thinness hasn't always been around as said by Sandy Szwarc, "At no time in history have women been so pressured to be thin" (Dying to).
In a study of 548 girls, 69 percent of them said magazine pictures and models influenced their idea of the perfect body, and 47 percent said they wanted to lose weight because of what they saw. The pictures in magazines or the actresses in movies send out the message that unrealistic thinness equals sexiness, which in turn equals beauty, success, and happiness. In a personal interview with Gina Pugliano, a recovering anorexic, she shared her thoughts on media i... ... middle of paper ... .... Women see their bodies as problems because the fashion industry and supermodels say women must be beautiful and thin to feel any self worth. This ideal is unachievable for most women. To be the next Victoria Secret model, you must have the most toned body, tight abs, flawless facial features, and one really good airbrusher.
Immense pressure put on young girls to look good and to be thin. The unfortunate consequence is that society's pressures to be thin cause girls to become anorexic. "The cultural explanation... postulates that anorexia nervosa is generated by a powerful cultural imperative that makes slimness the chief attribute of female beauty" (Brumberg 31). Most females think that if they are not slender, men will not find them attractive. One of my closest friends was anorexic for a year and a half, and even when she was down to eight percent body fat, she still thought that she was fat.
Therefore they strive to improve their figure to meet societies standards. However, the standards that society has set (for example, supermodel Kate Moss) are out of reach for most women. Often times, teenage girls compare their body size to those of popular actresses and supermodels such as Jennifer Aniston and Elizabeth Hurley. With examples such as these, is society sending out the wrong message? Vast amounts of people consider these women too thin.
She appeared in Vanity Fair Magazine looking slightly thinner than normal, and many people were judging Winslet for being hypocritical. Winslet’s rep said that she was not airbrushed to look thinner, that that is how she looks, and that she would not have agreed to take the pictures if it were not under her conditions (Norman, 2008). Why was there such a controversy over pictures of Kate Winslet? Television, movies, magazines, and advertisements are all plastered with smiling faces and practically unattainable beauty. This sends a message to young girls that they need to look perfect in order to be happy in life.
In reality, Disney has influenced the immature views of what to expect of beauty from a woman. In recent times, the world’s view on woman is very unhealthy. Women portrayed on magazines and TV shows are thin, beautiful, and are always covered in perfect makeup and styled hair. Runway models are known to have ribs showing and look like they’ve starved themselves for days just to hold their job and to look beautiful. Women activist are actively protesting the use of dieting models or photo shopping a women’s body so that it looks good for the viewer’s eye.
“Every girl deserves to feel good about herself and see how beautiful she really is- physical beauty is a false concept, and, at the same time, falsely equating beauty with goodness and self-worth. If you don’t see perfection in the mirror, it suggests, you’ve been duped by the media and suffer from low self-esteem.” (Postrel, 2007). We live in a society where girls need to be six feet tall and a size two to be considered beautiful, a society where men have fixed ideas of a perfect women; an unattainable beauty that is both destructive and unhealthy. As seen in American The Beautiful, for years now society has placed so much importance on physical appearance and disregarded the things that truly make a woman beautiful. But who is really to
PLAN: actual editorial starts at the next Destruction of beauty title on page 2. Destruction of natural beauty - Women obsessed with beauty, but its really destroying the natural beauty Spending millions of dollars to achieve; Straight hair, skinnier body (thigh gap) - tumblr due to extreme dieting and extremes leading to bulimia and anorexia. plastic surgery, botox eg nose, face lifts - let age continue gracefully. tanning, dyeing hair, contacts, boob jobs, implants, fake lashes, lighter skin, as simple as buying clothes that you would never wear just to fit in, tighter clothes. Too fake can give of the impression of being materialistic.
Many are unnaturally thin, unhealthy or airbrushed. One former Victoria Secret model was shocked by the waiflike models that were shown on the runway during designer shows. A study referenced in the the article “Do Thin Models Warp Girls Body Image” describes how studies of girls as young as first grade think the culture is telling them to model themselves after celebrities who are svelte and beautiful. The same studies showed girls exposed to fashion magazines were most likely to suffer from poor body images. Psychologist and eating disorder experts agree the fashion industry has gone too far in showing dangerously thin images that women and young girls may try to emulate.