Female Beauty in America Essay

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Sophistication and Flair: The True Meaning of Beauty 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…show more content…
It’s all about how one acts. For instance, Britney Spears, once an icon for young girls, has been recently depicted as offensive and distasteful in her clothing and manner. It is now women such as those portrayed in the movie The Devil Wears Prada who are admired by young teens. The characters in the movie played by Meryl Streep and Anne Hatheway gave successful, working women an enticing edge when they mixed their confident attitudes with classy style. They appeal to all genders and ages because they are women who know what they want – they don’t need to be naked to get it. They dress urbanely and conservatively. They radiate beauty through their character – not through their lack of attire. Although the trend is slowing disappearing, many magazines such as Rolling Stone will always portray women as sex symbols. We will probably never see the day when our society is devoid of this exploitation – it’s an unrealistic hope. Take for example, the ever-popular Britney Spears. As I previously stated, she was once viewed as an “icon for young girls”. That role is an extremely difficult one to live up to – one that should be valued and treated as an honor. The one-time “teen queen” managed to portray herself more than once in a distasteful manner on the cover of several magazines. What type of message is she sending to young girls? How can we expect our society to produce sophisticated young women with
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