October 30, 2013
Beauty Should Not Be Painful
Beuty is define in many different way we protrey beuty as someone who looks good, a lot of people look deeper in a person and there true personality. Beuty is defined It is believed women must have all of these qualities to be beautiful. Growing up young women are taught that to be the right size she must be a size zero. Magazines edit pictures to be perfect and most people believe that those people are that perfect. With shows like Toddlers and Tiaras being a trending show, young girls are seeing how they dress and what it takes to be so called “beautiful”. On the television show many of the young girls are forced by their parents to be in these beauty pageants. It is called a beauty pageant so if you do not win are you not beautiful. “Definitions of beauty have always been elusive, although many people believe that they know it when they see it” (Sinkman 135). The influence society and shows like such are bringing to young girls is damaging not only emotionally but p physically. The emotional and physical pain can drive some young women and girls to harming themself or even suicide. The perception that beauty is measured by size, color, and looks is ruing the young society because; the impact is not just on teens the impact is on young children as well, confidence in oneself is tested each time you turn on the television, and society has lost many great women to suicide due to not being so called “beautiful”.
The impact of the perception of beauty does not just impact teens and young women. The young girls are starting to be exposed to this perception and it is impacting them in a very negative way. Young girls are more sensitive and if they are told something they will believe it. But they do not have to be told, seeing the effects of make-up and how it will supposedly make you look is showing them that if you want to be pretty or beautiful you need to wear make-up. When in all reality the people adverting the product are edited to look “perfect”. The only word to describe the “perfectness” is fake. The beauty is fake, the company is just making the model look perfect so people will buy their product. Having young girls believe that is terrible and the company’s do not even care that it is all fake. Knowing from experience, it is not easy to see those models be “perfect” it makes someone question them self and how they look compared to the model. Society just makes it worse by encouraging the companies to keep making the fake advertisements. Society does not realize the harm it can do to a young girl, and how it can make her feel about herself. Overall it is not just impacting teens who are hormonal or young women who have other factors that come into play, it is young girls who see these fake advertisements to be perfect when in reality the ad is not even the truth.
All around America people have heard of these beauty pageants, and many people let their children participate in them for fun; but the group that cause the issue are the moms who force their children to do beauty pageants. As a parent it is a job to teach your children to be confident in who they are. With television shows that contradict this message it is tough to be confident in oneself. TLC has found if you put that group on a reality television show you can gain viewers thus make money. The popular show many know is Toddlers and Tiaras. Toddlers and Tiaras is a show about these beauty pageants all throughout the United States, and the show will focus on three participants and the journey to the pageant day then you will see the performances. Where the biggest issue is shown is leading up to the actual pageant. All of the preparation, to make a young girl look “beautiful”, this includes fake hair, teeth, eyelashes, smiles, and even fake attitudes. This does not at all represent self-confidence. If one cannot show themselves naturally in a beauty contest how are they to feel confident about their body and appearance. When a young girl first sees a show like Toddlers and Tiaras it may affect her in one of two ways. One she could think it is amazing and want to try it for herself. Or two she may feel intimidated by these girls who look “perfect”, because at such a young age you cannot always pick out what is fake and what is real. Seeing the girl when she is in stage is different than seeing her when she first arrives it is a complete transformation This can really bring down confidence levels because seeing someone so “perfect” it is comparing ourselves to them. “A qualitative research was conducted on beauty product advertisements in two popular local women's magazines, Cleo and Women's Weekly. The findings indicated that advertisers used various strategies to manipulate women. The advertisements promote an idealized lifestyle and manipulate readers to a certain extent into believing whatever that is advertised is indeed true.” (Kaur 9.3). These girls do not even look like themselves with all of the fake amenities. This does not show self-confidence in any form. Yes, one can choose not to watch these shows but you cannot get away from it because it is not just on television.” A look at definitions of beauty world-wide is informative. It provides food for thought when, for example, investigating what contributes to feeling” (Sinkman 135). The perception of beauty is everywhere, it is on billboards, in magazines, and we even see it by just walking around town.
Suicide rates are rising especially in teens and young adults. With the pressure to be a size zero and to be flawless, the rate is not decreasing if anything it is increasing. If you are not flawless and a size zero your fat or ugly. That is not what beauty is about, but society today ignores the fact that the pressures to be “beautiful” are driving young women and teens to harm themselves and even some commit suicide. Not being “perfect” leads to bullying which creates an entirely new set of pressures for the victim, only forcing them in to a downward spiral. This is always a tough consequence of society’s problems because once it happens people react with statements like “Why did he/she have to leave us in such a terrible way” or “I wish we would have noticed something was wrong so we could have saved him/her”. Then a few months pass and no one remembers that it happened. Society does not realize that the fake beauty is what is impacting these teens and young women so negatively. We are taught as little kids that people that are famous are not liars, but in most cases they are the biggest liars. We believe that they are so “perfect” when they truly aren’t. “The "ideal" women is stereotyped through visual and textual aspects of the advertisements. Advertisers use visual and linguistic means to persuade their audience. It is argued that "advertising is the most influential institution of socialization in modern society”. This scenario has brought into perspective on how people who are in control of advertisements manage to exercise their power and at the same time manipulate women's beliefs.” (Kaur 9.3). Being exposed to the fake beauty is what makes society so fake because if people didn’t look one hundred percent better with this make-up or a dress that a company is trying to see then why would we buy it. That awful felling when we don’t fit into the dress we want or when we don’t look like the model did with the make up on are slow steps downward with your self-esteem. When someone has low self-esteem they most likely have low confidence and are more susceptible to depression which can lead to suicide. If enough events occur this can drive a person to haring themselves or suicide. Fake beauty can really lead to someone harming themselves and possibly suicide because to society it is what on the outside that counts not what is on the inside
The perception that fake beauty is what really is beautiful will eventually completely ruin the innocence of young women, teens and young girls, because the impact is not just on one group it is wide spread throughout the three categories earlier addressed, Every time the television turns on one’s confidence is tested in a multitude of ways, and the most dangerous reason of all society as lost many women, teens and even young girls to suicide because they were not “perfect”. With influences everywhere to be this “perfect” and “beautiful” woman all she can think about is how she compares to the others. Trying to always be just as perfect as the models who are fake impacts women in negative ways which can lead to tough situations later down the road. Parents that try to put their kids into beauty pageants need to realize that you are only hurting your child in the long run because they aren’t always going to look like that. They will see their true beauty and hate it because they are so used to being fake beautiful. Society needs a reality check because beauty does not depend on if you have flawless skin, if you have great eyelashes or even if you are a size zero. Beauty depends on who a person is inside and out. The most beautiful thing of all is to be a strong, confident, daring, and loving young woman not to be a cranky, angry, starving, and fake model.
Beauty Product Advertisements: A Critical Discourse Analysis Kaur, Kuldip; Arumugam, Nalini; Yunus, Norimah Mohamad, Volume 9 issue 3 March 2013, Data base: Proquest
Sinkman, Ellen. Psychology of Beauty: Creation of a Beautiful Self. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA: Jason Aronson, Inc., 2012. p 135. Copyright 2012. Jason Aronson, Inc.