Ever wonder what it would take to look like this? Typically when we see a beautiful girl on a magazine or on a billboard, we want to be like her and look like her. But this so called beauty isn't even real. Anyone can look “beautiful” if a number of hours is spent on doing their hair and makeup and then they are digitally enhanced/airbrushed. This type of beauty is unattainable, it's not realistic at all. But, girls and woman all over are still trying to look like the girls on the magazines. One of my major concerns is that the media is influencing all women to believe that they aren't beautiful. It seems that all women and girls are being pressured to be “perfect” but girls should be able to be who they want to be without having the pressure of not being good enough for everyone. For way too long beauty has been defined by stereotypes and I think there should be a change.
Why is everyone believing the media's perception of beauty? I found in an article, “there were no less than one hundred and twenty-seven full page advertisements in the November 2005 edition of Glamour Magazine. For every five pages within the magazine, two and a half of them are advertisements, almost all of the current female celebrities and models in the advertisements were extremely thin, and in some cases, starved figures and much of the available literature applauds their `beauty`.” http://beauty.indianetzone.com/1/medias_influence.htm.
The media even influences children's perception of beauty in cartoons and movies. For example, Disney movies like Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast, the main female character is always tall, thin and beautiful. Beauty pressures are everywhere! As stated in the video “no wonder people's perception of beauty is distorted.” It's so unbelievably true. A survey was conducted by London Guildhall University of 11,000 people showed that (subjectively) good-looking people earn more. Less attractive people earned, on average, 13% less than more attractive people, while the penalty for overweight was around 5%. Why are people being judged by how physically attractive they are instead of what's on the inside? Beauty shouldn't be based on how tall or thin a person is, or what colour their hair is, or how flawless their face looks. Beauty is skin deep.
I love that Dove is having a campaign for beauty. It's so perfect because they are trying to convince people that they are beautiful no matter what they look like. It's all about inner beauty, which I think we all need to realize, we are all beautiful inside and out. Dove is trying to change the stereotypes of beauty and their campaign is already making a difference. Here is the website all about Dove's new campaign for beauty. http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.ca/supports.asp?url=supports.asp§ion=campaign&id=1560
I think that girls and women should all just appreciate themselves for the positive impact they have in the lives of people they love. In my opinion, people should value themselves and others based on the way they treat and interact with people, instead of how they look on the outside. People shouldn't try to change themselves to fit other people's standards of beauty, they should just love themselves the way they are. They should celebrate what they have and not put themselves down about what they don't have. "Imperfection is beauty; madness is genius. and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." -- Marilyn Monroe.
What I have learned since I wrote this blog:
I learned that the Dove Beauty Campaign isn't as great as I thought. I found out that they are airbrushing women to look "more real", so they are being complete hypocrites because they are saying that this campaign id about "real" beauty, but the women are still being airbrushed!
Here is an article I found all about it:
Also take a look at this:
I was very disappointed to hear this because I actually thought Dove was campaigning for real beauty but they are just as bad as the people who photo shop girls to make them look "beautiful."