Media Stereotypes: Beauty

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by Jwang5SOS
Last updated 6 years ago

Discipline:
Social Studies
Subject:
Psychology
Grade:
8

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Media Stereotypes: Beauty

Media Stereotypes: Beauty

For guys and girls alike, celebrities and models are pushed as perfect. And they do seem perfect. That kind of perfection, however, is not realistically attainable for a lot of people (for some lucky people it is). That does not stop people (especially teens) from trying. Sometimes, photos are edited. Which makes them entirely impossible to replicate.

There are many unaltered photos that influence peopele immensely. However, there are even more altered ones that are more public and reach even more people.

Editing at its most extreme: These models' bodies aren't even real.Photographs of mannequins were made to appear human and then the heads of models were digitally put onto them.And this doesn't really scratch the surface of all the editing that occurs.Faces are enhanced and bodies are madeskinnier for pretty much any ad.

Even celebrities who are not supposed to look particularaly pretty or handsome have their little quirks edited.

For guys, many aspects such as lighting and photoshopping can be used to enhance or even add muscles. The beauty standards for males in a deeper sense is what people would describe as "manly." And this forces guys to want to look that specific way. Guys have to deal with the fact that most actors/athletes/etc. have a certain body type.

The effect these have is especially prominent on teens today. One may look no further than social media to see the impact of media stereotypes. Sites like Instagram and Tumblr have had to ban certain hashtags that promote eating disorders. But that did not have a lasting effect. Most of this "inspiration" is represented with workout/weight loss tips and pictures of skinny girls.(Guys get eating disorders too. An estimated 25% of all people with eating disorders are guys.)


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