The Distortion of Image in America's Top Model Essay

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Reality Television Essay In this contemporary society, many individuals are getting hooked and exposed to numerous kinds and different genres of reality television shows. Most of the producers of the reality television seem that they are aiming to give us entertainment and show us what “reality” is through their programs. However, these shows are intended to persuade, influence, and manipulate its viewers in many ways. In Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV, Jennifer Pozner examines how reality TV shows such as America’s Next Top Model can have a strong influence in today’s society. America’s Next Top Model is a popular modeling and competition show that aims towards a group of people, particularly women.…show more content…
She also reveals how there are many competitions and makeover shows, like America’s Next Top Model, which portray how women are only judged by their physical appearance. For example, in the beginning of each cycle/season of America’s Next Top Model, the contestants who aspired to become famous models are required to get different makeovers that the judges believe will look better on them. In Cycle 14, producers featured the girls within the standard and ideal heights of the modeling industry (5 ft. & 7 in. and taller). One of the contestants named Tatiana Kern, who was 5 ft. 10 in. tall, was being judged by how her legs looked very amazing, but her eyes were too bland to stand out. As a result, Tyra Banks and the other judges eliminated her because they thought that she could have had the prettiest pictures in the competition and she had the potential; however she did not know how to get that skill of being beautiful yet (“Smile and Pose”). Unfortunately, the viewers watching the show accept the ideal standard of beauty that Tyra Banks and other judges promote. Most viewers, particularly women, will never achieve these “unrealistic” beauty standards due to the fact that Tyra and the other judges set their own unobtainable perception of beauty. Overall, reality television shows like America’s Next Top Model

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