As a little girl people knew they are beautiful. They are proud of my dark-skin, long legs, and short hair. Never giving a second thought about the standards on appearances, children are as blissful as they come. As they grew up and figured out what society found beautiful, they start to feel less and less apart of that mold. Soon many realized that they are not alone, as there are many other kids who do not fit into the category of beautiful. To society they are just ordinary girls. As people grow in today’s world, beauty has shaped them into a standard: a weight, a style, and an image, for society to judge.
In India Arie song, “Video”, she sings, “I’m not the average girl from a video and I ain’t built like a supermodel.” This line speaks to every girl about image and how it is okay to be different. Statistics show that 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way including their looks, performance in school and relationships. (Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty boosts girls' self-esteem for Back to School) Society also has indicated that beauty is just based on an image by posting models in magazines, on billboards, and even in movies. The average American woman is 5’4 and 140 pounds, whereas the average female model, portrayed in the media, is 5’11 and 120 pounds. (Pressure To Be Perfect: Influence on College Students’ Body Esteem by: Pavica Sheldon) The true definition of self-image: the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality, are what they want to be, not what society comes up with.
Clothing/style are also definitions of beauty in societies eyes. There are always a standard for kids and how they are dressed. Teens may feel pressure from an array of sources -- such as friends, non-friend peers and even the media -- to follow the current trends and wear fashionable clothes. (PRESSURE ON TEENS TO WEAR FASHIONABLE CLOTHES) Today’s society over-rates the importance of appearances and the type of