The Fashion : Unrealistic And Harmful Perceptions Of Beauty

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The Fashion Industrys’ Unrealistic and Harmful Perceptions of Beauty As you are flipping through the pages of any fashion magazine, you see that they are plastered with freakishly skinny, young women made up to resemble perfect barbie dolls. If you are the average american girl, you would probably be feeling a little more insecure about yourself than when you first opened the magazine. You begin to realize everything that you wish you could look like and are stuck comparing yourself to images that are almost too impeccable to be true. 69% of american girls 5th - 12th grade feel that magazines influence their idea of a perfect body image. These pressures from fashion magazines cause women to have lower self confidence, an increase in …show more content…

The look that many women were idolizing was starting to become more unrealistic. Because we are constantly surrounded by the media, the average person is less confident about their body image. Women criticize themselves everyday. Many develop what is called the “too” syndrome, in which they think of themselves as being too short, too fat, having too much acne, etc. Due to the fashion industry, there are more and more opportunities for women to compare themselves with others, and it is a lot of pressure to think we have to keep up. The British Medical Association states that the gap between the ideal body type and the reality is becoming wider and wider; The models are getting skinnier while the rest of the world is getting heavier. The average woman is 5’4 and 140 lbs, compared to the average model who is 5’11 and 117 lbs. This gap is creating less and less self esteem is many women. The fashion industry is a major part of popular culture. Infinite amounts of images of fashion models and celebrities are infused into popular culture. A study shows that the men in multiple villages in Peru, many having little experience with popular culture, were shown pictures of women of all different shapes and sizes. The results, which were published in the journal Nature, found that the men from the more remote villages thought that the curvier women were more attractive and healthy looking. On the other hand, the villages that had been more expose to popular

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