Margaret Hungerford's 'Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder'

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Beauty. When you see that word, what do you think of? Your significant other? A Victoria’s Secret model? Maybe an ooey-gooey bowl of mac and cheese? They say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, meaning perception of beauty is subjective from person to person. But is it really? In today’s society, we seem to have a preconceived notion of what we are supposed to consider “beautiful”. Although it seems that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the ridiculous standards and pressures of beauty created by the current modeling and entertainment industry have caused us to form a warped view of body image and what we perceive as “beautiful”. Although the cliché phrase may have been used before, the first known use of “beauty is in the …show more content…

Our minds can be molded by others in multiple different ways, such as through conformity, when people alter their thoughts or behaviors to match another group or what is “normal”, or persuasion, convincing an individual to accept a certain belief of another (Gray and Bjorklund). Through these techniques, we can be easily influenced, and the media uses them every day to shape our views of the world. From ancient times to present day, the concept of beauty has changed tremendously. Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, society embraced models such as Lillian Russell, a more heavyset woman that would most likely be shunned in the current modeling industry (Bushak). Even in the mid 1900s, one of the most iconic women of the century, Marilyn Monroe, was quite curvy herself (Bushak). Then, in the 1990s, skinny was in; models were progressively becoming thinner and thinner to the point we are at now, influencing the major eating disorder epidemic and body insecurities in adolescents we see today. Even I have noticed this change in Disney Channel; over the years, the actors’ sizes have gone from a 10 to a 2. For example, the shows I used to watch included actresses like Raven Symone and more recent shows, like Shake It Up, include actresses such as Bella Thorne and Zendaya. Young girls are constantly seeing and comparing themselves

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