Models and Fashion Impact Young Women

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The majority of commercials for beauty supplies or a clothing line include a beautiful, thin young woman modeling the product. As a result, teenage girls start to believe that they have to be a toothpick to be beautiful or model like. However, this was not true in the 50s. The 50s hit sensation Marilyn Monroe was considered one of the most beautiful women in that time period, yet she did not try lose weight. Marilyn Monroe was definitely one of the most influential women of the 20th century because of her views on body image, her unique fashion statements, and her impact on pop culture.
“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.” This is the message Marilyn Monroe sent to the young girls of the 50s. Many of today’s celebrities admit to suffering an eating disorder at some point during their fame. Marilyn Monroe wore a size 12 dress (about a size 8 today), and there is no record of her ever having an eating disorder (Examiner). Believe it or not, young people are greatly influenced by celebrities. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), 69% of girls in grades 5 through 12 said that pictures in magazines influenced their idea of a perfect body shape. 47% of girls in these grades also said that magazine pictures make them want to look weight (ANAD). Why is this? The average model is 5’11″ and 117 pounds (Beauty Refined). Theoretically, that is considered underweight. Although Marilyn Monroe usually weighed 118 pounds, she was considered healthy because she was only 5’5”.
Marilyn Monroe made a huge impact on the fashion world. In the 50s, clothes were not very revealing. Women usually wore knee length ...

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... the song, Minaj incorporated many of Monroe’s quotes. Needless to say, Marilyn Monroe has inspired many of the stars today.
She might have not been someone as powerful as the president or as famous as the Beatles or Justin Bieber, but she made an impact just as great. Not everyone was born to be a model or movie star; not everyone has a “perfect” body. She told the world that was perfectly fine and that beauty is not about having a tiny waist. She went outside the box and did things that were not quite normal for that time period, such as wearing very revealing clothing. She is a huge part of pop culture, proven by the countless Monroe references in movies, songs, and artwork. Although she is no longer alive, what she taught the world has not died with her. This year will mark 52 years Marilyn Monroe has been gone, but her ideas and influence still surround us.
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