Beauty, is it really skin deep?

Technology has opened various doors, windows, one disturbing one is the false way of portraying models, singers, actresses, etc.   Social media has created a very superficial way of living.  The world uses media to define what is beautiful; but what is the true definition of beauty?  The way media depicts it in a Caucasian female is a size zero, 5’10, no blemishes, tan, perfect teeth, a blonde that piles on the makeup. For an African-American female to be “beautiful” she must have a thin waist and a large butt, perfect teeth, no blemishes, and doesn’t need makeup.  But is the beauty you see when you turn on the television, browse the internet, flip through a magazine, etc. even a true depiction of the person or just a product of photo editing?

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Media producers spend so much time editing videos, pictures, television shows, etc. to make sure that all females have what they consider to be “the look”.  A false image of what is average is created leaving countless women in the world feeling depressed because they don’t look anything like what they see every day.  The “beauty” seen every single day is created by making the models/actresses/singers/etc. fit into a world in how women should actually look by using digital manipulation.

In a bathing suit ad, Target showed how much photo editing is truly done to pictures.  Tanya Keller’s picture went viral after she was featured with superhuman length arms as well as a blotched photoshop job.  When Tanya Keller was invited on the Ellen Show, she appeared with arms as long as the ones featured in this ad to prove a point to the world. 

Beauty is a word like love, it means something different to everyone.  According to Webster Dictionary, beauty is “the quality of being physically attractive”, media forces one to feel like she isn’t beautiful because she doesn’t have “the look”.  To me beauty is something that every single person has; beauty isn’t based on hair color or style, how tall you are, how curvy or thin you are,  how much makeup you wear, or the color of your skin.; beauty is based on YOURSELF!!!  In order to be beautiful you need to feel beautiful!  Ladies, take a stand and do not let other’s opinions determine your self worth! BvSrUvuCIAAQlLf

Sources
http://forum.t-tapp.com/entry.php?156-We-Don%E2%80%99t-Need-No-Stinkin%E2%80%99-Photoshop!-Tah-Dah-Photos http://howthemediaportraysbeauty.blogspot.com/

 

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12 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this article! This is such a problem in today’s society with technology and effects. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this article really reflects that! I’m glad you show the personal/emotional side of this issue, it’s not just skin deep. It really affects girls emotions.

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  2. very interesting topic for girls I’m assuming, and I agree the media definitely makes women feel like they have to be perfect by matching their standards. I think the majority of men or women for that matter don’t necessarily expect women to look like all models or celebrities do.

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  3. Great topic for your first post. Without photoshop we wouldn’t have a lot of issues with teenage girls and women in their 20s and 30s. they put out an image and say that you’re not pretty until you look like it, when beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. I loved all of your points. and cannot wait to read more.

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  4. I really liked this post because it brings light to this situation. I feel that more attention needs to be brought to this issue in general so I am glad you wrote about this. It makes women feel better about themselves and that they don’t have to be perfect.

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  5. Love love love this post!!! This is so true! Women should be proud of their bodies and love themselves but society makes it so hard to do that. I feel like we are pressured so much to look a certain way and I hate that. I loved your pictures and the video!

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