Furthermore many young girls have low self esteem from watching and competing in beauty pageants. According to psychologists, it is unhealthy for girls to watch and compete in pageants. For example the television show, “Toddlers and Tiaras” teaches young vulnerable girls that beauty is
Everyone has their flaws as no human being is perfect nor will one ever be perfect either. “There are plenty of beautiful women that do not fit the projected form of beauty that we have been taught to idolize. Still, women constantly attempt to change the way their bodies are meant to be, in order to look like the edited models and airbrushed actresses we see in our favorite shows, movies and magazines.” (Curly) Women working behind magazine companies are playing apart in the downgrading of women as well and some don’t even know it. An average magazine cover is either a woman known to society as a very pretty or attractive woman, with a face full of makeup and on the side bringing attention to the main article of something like “find out the simple way to get this amazing body or how to lose weight in 10 days.” Enhancing the best products to look young, lose weight, clothes that draw attention or other things that are similar. “Bethany: But it’s what everyone wants.
Alexandra Miles is not you average high school senior at Spencer High School. Alexandra is an expert at manipulating her peers in order to take what she wants, and this year it’s to be crowned Homecoming Queen. Throughout her life she competed in beauty pageants, and has never lost one. Though this year she is struggling to keep her head above water because of her father’s death and her mother’s lack of attention. This doesn’t make Alexandra soft, if anything, it makes her stronger.
The movie also stresses the idea of superficial beauty in women, which make them more desirable by men. This is also used to solve a murder in the film, where Lisa Fremont argues that a woman cannot leave the house without her makeup. The audience in this case is led to believe that Mrs. Thorwald never left the house as her favorite handbag and jewelry
The immense joy of going to be a mother is somewhat ruined for some would-be mothers at the sight of falling hair. As if the various pregnancy changes – stretch marks, breast swelling, fatigue and nausea, weren’t enough to bog you down that you’ve also noticed hair fall! Is your bathroom floor always showing strands of your hair? Are you losing hair too fast? Are you a new mom?
Dove encourages women to strive for a body type that, in many cases, is unhealthy to achieve. Women are starving themselves because general advertising is saturated with pictures and videos of extremely skinny individuals who have unrealistic body types; yet women still try to achieve this body type as they have seen it in advertising. How can Dove think of this advertising as ethically correct? This practice is disrupting the self-esteem of women and, worse, it’s affecting their health. Studies have shown that 10% of women in the USA are suffering from an eating disorder of which 80% of these cases are down to body dissatisfaction.
In “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “Homage to My Hips” by Lucille Clifton, women are presented with societal expectations for their gender. The girl in “Barbie Doll” is told that she has “a great big nose and fat legs.” In the following stanza, the girl is described as healthy, intelligent, strong, and a number of other positive qualities. When the comments about her nose and legs continue, she is encouraged to lose weight, smile, and be pursued by males in order to be of worth. She loses her former good qualities in exchange for society’s standards for perfection. Eventually, the pressure to be attractive leads her to commit suicide and finally, people begin to call her pretty when she has a “turned-up putty nose” in her casket.
In a magazine, you would see an edited version of that woman airbrushed, heavy photoshopping in order to sell the product by misleading the young girls making them believe that they need it in order to feel or to be beautiful and advertisers believe that thin models sell products. For almost a century, advertisers have appealed to and or contributed to women's insecurities in hopes of being able to sell them the product. An example of this is in 2009, an Olay ad for its ‘Definity Eye Cream’ showed a former model who was 62 years old, looking wrinkle-free and a whole lot younger than her age after using this Olay beauty product. Turns out the ads were retouched. Digitally altered spots were made in the ad, creating not only a bad misrepresentation of Olay products, but the ad's potentially gave a negative impact on people's body images(Sweney).
Every day women across the globe are bombarded by the appearance of "flawless" and "perfect" celebrities on many media platforms, such as the internet, magazines, and television. As a result, many campaigns have unrealistic for women to embrace their bodies and combat the unrealistic standards of beauty in today's society. The emphasis on such unrealistic standards from media outlets has statistically shown to have a negative impact on women and the way they view themselves when they are compared to societies' depiction of beauty. Unfortunately, unrealistic standards aren’t just promoted by media outlets instead over time they have been embedded in today’s society. For example, Many young girls around the world grow up around Barbies, yet have you ever considered the kind of body image the doll promotes?
These also suppresses their own authentic selves, leaving it glued into their minds that they are subject to this false perception of beauty. Sadly, it is a reality these girls live in: our sick society treats attractiveness as a quality that seems to be required for a more favorable treatment and they are often seen as more likable people because of their appeal. Ironically, society also wants us to be true to who we really are. Such stress burdens these poor anxious girls and it makes them stay contained inside their own makeup of self-deception that they painted for themselves. On days when women wear their makeup on, it does somehow lift up their self-esteem, make them feel good and boost their confidence.