Female Body Image and the Mass Media Essay

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Emily Smith is buying groceries at Farm Fresh. She is walking to the register and the new cover of Self magazine catches her eye. She sees that Miranda Kerr, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel is on the cover in a crop top and bikini bottom. She compares her body to the image depicted on Self magazine. She starts nitpicking every part of her body. She looks down at her denim clad- thigh and thinks, “did my thighs and stomach get bigger than they were this morning? “ Influenced by the depiction of the image of Miranda Kerr, she now views her body as inadequate or ugly. Since she feels that her body is not beautiful and has negative thoughts, Emily seems to have negative body image. This perception of her physical appearance is known as body…show more content…
The media has an obsession with perfection, and sends subliminal messages that often lead to a negative effect on a person’s body image. The greatest influence that the media has is on body image. The media stockpiles images that are highly retouched and they make both men and women feel bad about themselves. The models or celebrities that are depicted do not look like they are depicted in the magazine in real life. The magazines use a ton of makeup m Photoshop and airbrush their images so that they can be aesthetically pleasing. The media can promote negative body image. Negative body image is feeling bad or dissatisfied with his or her body. The media promotes negative body image by the depiction of perfect bodies. Both men and women compare themselves to the images they see and feel dissatisfied with their bodies. It can change cultural views on beauty, and it can promote eating disorders. Promotion of positive body image can also be achieved by the media. It can lead to positive body image by portraying images of people with varying body types, ethnic groups, and sizes. Positive body image is feeling good and accepting the body the way it is. Motivating people to eat and exercise to reach their full potential, showing depictions of people that have different body types and are from different cultures are ways that the media can promote positive body image . The media negatively affects body image by comparisons
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