The Social Concept of Beauty Essay

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The Social Concept of Beauty Everything around us in society seems to contain hidden messages. The media is a main proponent of this, including television shows, magazines, billboard signs, and commercials among others. All of these variations of media have something in common; they depict all woman having thin bodies. Many girls and women are left thinking, "What's wrong with me, my body doesn't look like that?" Unfortunately today we are exposed to the media constantly, which invariably influences girls' self-images, often negatively. I look at myself in the mirror and see a body that can afford to lose ten to fifteen pounds. I frequently find myself comparing my body to all of the models and actresses on television. The media…show more content…
I never see an overweight supermodel in an advertisement. This may bring in more money in sales, but in actuality it causes teenagers to deplore themselves for not looking a certain way. I find that I constantly compare myself to others and always want to look different. Today it's not only a necessity to be thin, but toned as well. Many commercials promote their products with beautiful people with amazing toned bodies. Girls may begin to exercise excessively and eat less just so they achieve looking like the people on television. Television images teach us that we must look like models and surround ourselves with beautiful things in order to live a worthwhile life. We are constantly attacked with images of "beauty" every time we turn on the television set or flip through a magazine. Continually throughout a person's daily routine, they are forced to think about their body and self-image because our minds are being filled with "beautiful people" endorsing products that they claim will make us beautiful as well. We believe the advertisers and buy the products, and after using the product we realize we will never look the same as they do or measure up. I turn on the television and see a commercial for cellulite cream that claims to rid the cellulite in a quick week. This advertisement shows a woman's firm buttock and toned thighs. It makes me feel inferior and have a low sense of self worth. I would
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