May 04, 2005

Love yourself

The media, particularly television and magazines, participates in perpetuating the images of women and men in society and how they should look in order to be viewed as beautiful. Though some media has positive effects, most of these effects are negative and are impacting the way women and men are viewing themselves.

Today, celebrities like Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, or the extremely thin bodies of Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, and Giselle Bundchen are considered the crème da la crème, with their thin bodies, large breast; air brushed faces, and revealing wardrobe. These women, according to the covers of magazines and billboards, embody everything that makes a woman beautiful. Men like Brad Pitt, The Rock, Vin Diesel, Usher and those alike, with the six pack abs, ripped biceps, and bulging pecks are also society’s views on what the male body should look like.

In addition, some women and men actually try to look exactly like these celebrities. Because these unrealistic celebrity bodies are unattainable through healthy dieting and exercise or even unhealthy diet and exercise; which will be discussed later in the essay, many people are deciding to turn to a higher extreme.
As shown on MTV’s “I want a famous face” teens and young adults are undergoing major reconstructive plastic surgery to try and mirror the face or body of their favorite celebrity. From Angelina Jolie’s unique lips, to Brad Pitt’s bone structure, to the body of Kate Winslet, these young adults are going under the knife to attain these similarities; it’s not just breast implants and tummy tucks anymore.

So why are these young people and adults doing this? What is the cause of such insecurity in personal appearance, that people would rather be sliced up and undergo countless hours of pain and spend thousands of dollars; then go through one more day in life as a normal human being? It’s what society thinks of them. Or what they think society will think of them and how they look compared to everyone else. Due to our society’s outlook and the media ‘s constant advertising and flaunting of these impossible expectations on what we should consider to be beautiful or sexy; teens and young adults are risking their lives to look like celebrities to live up to society’s high expectations on beauty.

Posted by Denishia Salter at May 4, 2005 10:31 PM
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