Are You Beautiful?
How do you judge if someone is beautiful the first time you see him or her? The most popular answer you may find is by physical appearance. Nowadays, the media greatly influences women’s point of view on beauty by displaying the idea that outer beauty is the only thing of all through images of good looking women in advertisements. The media teaches girls at a young age that physical attributes are all you need to get by in life by exposing them to beauty television shows like child beauty pageants. After all, the traditional dictionary definition of beauty is when a person is easy to look at. Therefore, many people forget that there is more to a person than just their looks. In my eyes, beauty means fully loving yourself and appreciating what you were born with because no matter how hard you try , you will never be able to change yourself completely. Although “beauty” and “attractiveness” are synonyms, they are two completely different things. Attractiveness, as defined by Dictionary.com, is “arousing interest or engaging one’s thought.” One person may look at someone beautiful and admire that person for a short amount of time. However, someone who attracts others by their personality will always be beautiful. Therefore, attractiveness helps to create long lasting relationships, while physical beauty can only last for so long. The media is everywhere. We are now living in a world flooded with the mass media. Therefore, when the media portrays beauty as being super skinny and extremely tall, we are pressured to think that as well. When beauty companies advertise their products to the public, the people on the commercials are flawless. To get this way, however, there are hours of Photoshopping involved to cover up any scars and imperfections. They do this to trick people, especially women, into buying their products, which claim to give them “perfect bodies.” The girls in the magazine do not even look like the girls in the magazine. Before appearing in the magazines, models are manipulated with the help of technology to fit the media’s idea of thinness and beauty. They are free of winkles, blemishes, and even pore. “Perfect” models are fake. When models look at their magazine images, they may not even recognize themselves. If society’s definition of perfect is not even real, then how can we possibly live up to their definition of being beautiful? Women spend a great deal of money on beauty products to get them closer to the media’s version of beauty. One way that women try to cover up their flaws is by using large amounts of makeup to cover their faces. A woman first applies foundation to even out her skin tone, then concealer to hide redness and any dark circles under the eye, and bronzer in the hollow of her cheeks to make her face look slimmer. She primes her eyelids to make eyeshadow last, applies eyeliner to make her eyes look bigger, and then mascara to define and lengthen her lashes. A bold color lipstick is the final touch that secures her insecurity and makes her stand out in the public. Another way that women try to look beautiful is by following extreme diets and taking pills to achieve the body that they want. Some women go as far as to undergo painful plastic surgery to change their looks permanently. In some extreme cases, women even lose their lives. For example, a housekeeper from Weston, Fla. died following a $3,600 lipo-sculpting procedure at the Alyne Medical Rejuvenation Institute in Florida. She worked seven days a week to earn money for the procedure, while it took only a few hours to lose her life. The media is so powerful that it could impact the traditional value of beauty in one culture. For instant, there was no television in Fiji, a South Pacific nation, before 1995. The “thin” idea did not affect them because women with curvy bodies and large appetites are valued and encouraged. It is a sign of prosperity, health, and fertility. Thus, to insult someone, Fijian people...
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