When comparing Julia Roberts' cover to Blake Shelton's it becomes apparent how there is a double-standard when it comes to how the media portrays men and women. Other ads and magazines, as well as other forms of media, have shown throughout the history to repeat the same unrealistic beauty standard, focusing on perfection rather than realistic women and their true selves. Further, it demonstrates how women are not allowed to be sexy once they reach a certain age, while men become sexier with age and often are praised for signs of aging, such as grey hair. Magazines such as these can lead to self-esteem issues in women, particularly young girls who look at forms of media to get a sense of societal expectations. In order to fix this issue, magazines need to be cognizant of how their images and portrayals of women and men can impact people's images of themselves and others.
I do agree with Drevno in this article. It seems like everybody is trying to look like the ideal figure, but as we all know the majority is not ideal so we try to become that attractive figure that we think everybody wants. Drevno says in her article “Everywhere you look you will find images of women and men who typify what our society considers “beautiful”(P.2). What that quote means is that “unreal” beauty is all around us because our world believes that that is the true meaning of beauty when according to Drevno it is not. A friend of mine named Moe, was in a sense overweight and he didn’t like it because of what other people thought about it.
Selena Flowers English 1302 10 May 2010 Teenage Girls in America – Beautiful or Not? The majority of the media characteristically exhibits reverence towards delicate, ultra-thin female models – a highly glamorized fallacy that continues to deceive and contaminate a large number of teenagers around the world. The majority of adolescents around the globe are far from the standards set by the media. Although parents strive to persuade their children that beauty is only skin deep, many, if not all, teenagers are acutely aware of the resounding magnitude that physical appearance emanates amongst their peers. In an attempt to meet this idolized intangible criteria, numerous teens turn to some form of dieting which usually evolves into an eating disorder, along with illegal drug use, excessive tanning and even plastic surgery to feel comfortable with their appearance.
To go against the natural aging process is unquestionably unnecessary and irrational. Society today teaches people to torment themselves, to alter themselves by means of balms, medicines and plastic surgeries, to savagely fight to conserve the long gone look of youth that modern humanity idolizes. This is a sad image. Today’s standard of beauty is based primarily on achieving the “model” appearance- the ideal makeup, the ideal hair, the ideal weight, and the ideal clothes. This is not beauty.
They show beauty as people with gorgeous skin and perfect body’s these are the people who you see in advertisers. Photoshop is used widely throughout advertising I mean if a model has a pimple gone with Photoshop teens need to understand that these models and celebrities do have bad skin days and they are normal just like us. Companies rely to sell the product on beauty and peoples low self esteem they just pair their product with a beautiful flawless person an people think if they buy it they will be beautiful and get the attention of a man or woman, for example the add where that lady uses the veet shaver and then she gets a sudden burst of confident and goes dancing and meets all these men you cant tell me that’s all because she got a new leg
This increasing trend of cosmetic surgeries in America attribute to media and famous public figures who promote cosmetic surgery as corrective surgery. Teenagers believe that their appearance has to be flawless, similar with celebrities as a result about 326,000 teenagers had plastic surgery in 2004. The author suggests that it’s the parent’s responsibility to teach their children about the damages of cosmetic surgery, also parents should not support their children by paying the bills for unnecessary plastic surgery. Teenagers are not well informed about the damages of cosmetic surgeries consequently they put their lives are at high risk. Teenagers only focus on the cosmetic aspect of the procedures they desire, and forget that it is actually a surgery.
A large number of individuals develop their body image based on this image provided by the media, which judge attractiveness based on if the person is thin or has the biggest and most tone muscles; thus causing individuals to feel not good enough and causes them to take drastic and unnecessary measures to achieve that body portrayed by the media. Although people think that the media only affects females and their body image, that is not always the case. Teenage males have pressure put on them to be the biggest and strongest, to have the most “cut” abs and to bench press more than the next guy. When a guy sees another guy that is stronger than he is, he tends to feel inferior to that guy. Commercials such as the Hanes commercials show off guys with nearly perfect bodies and make anyone who doesn’t look like him feel like he is not good enough.
For instance, on “America’s Next Top Model” young viewers wish to be thin, tall, and overall a model, but go about it in the wrong ways. Shows like theses gives young viewers the impression of being tall and thin is how most people are suppose to look, and if you do not look like that then something has to be wrong with them. Many reality shows make narcissism seems normal; therefore, making young viewers have a mind set of it acceptable to do outrageous things to their bodies to look a certain way and be accepted by society. Not only have narcissistic people affected the younger generation’s perception on appearance, but it has also affected their behavior. Twenge says, “reality TV is very popular, and it is supposed to how ‘real life’ and real behavior without the façade of fictionalized dialogue and story lines.
Compare and Contrast: Natural Beauty vs. Cosmetic Beauty Beauty is an object which is respected and admired by tons of women in the United States. People’s perception of beauty and their fondness between natural or cosmetic beauty has been the subject of numerous debates. While there's no agreement as to which kind of beauty is more attractive, both sides of this dispute has its own supporters. Many would say “if something isn't broken there is no need to fix it,” while on the other hand in today’s society countless models and celebrities in the public eye are displaying more cosmetic beauty than natural beauty.
That is where the person either thinks that they already look like someone on TV or they believe they don’t need to. Deep down on some level they are envious and it is not their fault. They have been programmed since young that they are supposed to look a certain way because of what they have seen in movies. Women are supposed to be skinny with perfect bodies and the men are supposed to be chiseled and muscular, and that’s not how everyone is. This is the biggest type of persuasion and the most dangerous, the reason I say this because not only do people judge themselves on how they look but they judge everyone else.