Today’s technology makes enhancing and editing easier than in the decades before. Even though companies are ridiculed for their unrealistic representations of the female body, there has been little advancement for realistic representation. Perhaps, magazine editors purposely intend their covers not to resemble reality. Two Self Magazine editors explained that, “Covers shouldn’t reflect reality, but ‘inspire women to want to be their best’” (Hartmann 1). This statement occurred after Self’s September 2009 controversy with Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson was barely recognizable after the digital images had been modified. Recently, Ellen DeGeneres attacked Target in a comedic way in response to their 2014 swimsuit advertisement scandal. Target’s advertisement emphasized the thigh gap, a current trend with teenage girls, and the models with ridiculously long arms that touched her knee caps when extended. The problem with this the media editing the natural body is that individuals believe media’s representation, “is physicall...
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