Three words come to mind when one sees the epitome of Hollywood’s A-List – sophistication, style, and confidence. Although the media will always pose celebrities as sex symbols, tasteful images have now become a norm for today’s society. A woman’s beauty is now being portrayed in other ways – fully clothed and self-assured. It is evident now even as I look around campus. The girls who are poised and classy do not prance around in belly shirts and mini skirts. It’s all about a look. A woman is no longer sexy because she dresses in next to nothing – she is sexy because she has character. Whether its mystery, humor, certainty, charm, or intelligence – women are more attractive because of who they are rather than what they look like. Today’s society is progressing into one of refinement – a move that is currently influencing the youth of America.
Mischa Barton and Kate Hudson, two well-known celebrities, are now part of the new face of America. They are both A-List stars on the cover of two popular magazines. Neither Mischa nor Kate is portrayed in a tasteless fashion. They represent the essence of what a real woman is. Mischa, for example, is dressed in a trendy outfit ready, perhaps, for a day of shopping. She has an air of mystery about her that says, “I’m ready for anything.” Kate, conversely, looks playful and fun; the type of girl you would want to take out dancing. They are attractive because they exude a vibe – something that cannot be conveyed through flashy clothing.
So what type of message are women like Mischa Barton and Kate Hudson sending to the youth of America? The media is slowly convincing the girls to cove...
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...that is currently taking over our culture. After all, “the most attractive woman is one who is confident, one who stands tall and is smarter than the lie” (Jost).
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