Week 6 – Manufacturing Beauty

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Week 6 – Manufacturing Beauty

1.What does your critical analysis of the website reveal to you about Cindy Jackson’s sense of her social self, her self-concept, her self-esteem and her self-presentation?

Self concept refers to a set of perceptions and beliefs about oneself. Self-concept can also be referred to as identity and plays a key role in determining individuals’ behaviour. She attributed the desire to drastically change her appearance to a strict father and low self-esteem.

The website reveals that as a child she had very low self-esteem. She felt and believed that she was unattractive and like a complete misfit. She did not like her physical appearance, and hence could not give favourable descriptions of herself using observable characteristics. To me I think she had issues with her Identity as a child. As a child she lived a fantasy Barbie life since she was 6 years old after her parents gave her a Barbie doll. Through Barbie she could glimpse an alternative life. As Cindy Jackson grew older, her self-concept changed, and she was readily willing to do all she could to make herself attractive. She wanted to look better, and believed that by transforming herself, she could perfectly fit into the society. turning point for her to be who she always dreamed of was in 1988 after she inherited some money. She was able to change herself with a help of the plastic surgeries. She has undergone 52 plastic surgeries to attain what she perceived to be a perfect image or physique (Cindy Jackson’s Website). The numerous plastic surgeries have had a positive effect on a social self and self-presentation.

2.How does the physical attractiveness stereotype of interpersonal attraction factor into your findings about Cindy Jackson?

Cindy Jackson numerous interviews on how her life has changed after the multiple plastic surgeries. She believed that plastic surgeries changed her life, men find her to be physically attractive, and hence desirable. Prior to...
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