What defines beauty?

September 20, 2010

           What defines beauty and perfection? Women have to be skinny enough to look like skeletons and shouldn’t have visible scars or wrinkles. Skinny doesn’t mean beautiful at all, however, according to media actresses are supposed to weigh less than 100 pounds and be six feet tall. Ralph Lauren is a national fashion house but its recent catalog became a hot topic. The models didn’t look proportional because their heads are bigger than their waists and hips. There was only one way to create so called beauty is by technology. Photo editors airbrushed each of the models’ extra fat, wrinkles, unwanted hair and anything that doesn’t look perfect. Ralph Lauren is not the only company that had been caught doing this. London Fog’s model Gisele Bundchen was pregnant during the time of the photo shoot but when the ads came out her belly disappeared. She looks amazing and skinny for the company’s ads but these pictures were not even close to real. Many stars are airbrushed before becoming on the front page magazine covers, while some stars that are chubby in real life became unbelievably skinny.

            Little girls and teenagers look up to these touched photos and see them as the scale of beauty. Fashion changes quickly and women continuously try to follow the trend. If that year women have to look skinny then skinny it is, if it was curvy then curvy they will become. Marry prince charming and look perfect in a dress is every little girl, teenage and adult women’s dream. The magazines set an impossible standard to look beautiful in everyone’s eyes. What women overlooked these days is that the scale to look beautiful is not based on anyone else or any magazine but yourself.

Links: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/AheadoftheCurve/11-photo-editing-flubs-digitally-altered-photo-disasters/story?id=8780937

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4 Responses to “What defines beauty?”

  1. 10allent Says:

    I do agree with this blog, however not ALL magazines touch up photos or prefer models of a dis-genuine structure.I was in Seventeen magazine to share my story of my acne struggle and how using Actutane help resolve my acne problem. Before and after pictures were places in the magazine and neither of them were retouched by the computer. So, while I do agree that some companies may only want to portray women as being stick figures, but not every company wants to portray that image.

  2. jwynne777 Says:

    That was very touching and i totally agree with what you proved about women feeling pressured to be perfect and skinny! :] good jobbbb

  3. joselya Says:

    Magazines have portrayed beauty as tall and skinny, but I think that this idea of beauty is slowly changing and more “plus size” models are getting out there, and the idea of what is “beauty” is expanding. 🙂

  4. jasminep522 Says:

    I completely agree with what you have proved about women in magazines. Little girls do look up to these models that are unbelievable skinny causing many of teen today becoming anorexic and balemic. Though all magazines dont do this to most models most do and they tend to be the ones most commonly read by teens.


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