Good Morning (or afternoon depending on where you reside),
I watched two documentaries both of which can be seen on Netflix, America The Beautiful & America The Beautiful 2. America The Beautiful focused on America’s obsession with beauty, one woman went as far as reconstructing her vagina because her right side of her labia was longer than the left. The second documentary focused on America’s obsession with being thin, the director focused a significant amount of the documentary on a young girl that was a runway model. She was only 12 years old. In the beginning, she explained how she used to get teased by her pears because she was tall and skinny, they called her a giraffe. Than one day she was scouted by a modeling agent, and found her calling. She possessed an extreme amount of confidence for a young girl, strutting down the runway like she was 25. By the end of the documentary she gained a little weight, and was told she had to be thinner in order to continue her career as a runway model. Her hips had to be 35.5 inches.
There were men in the documentary that explained how they wanted six pack abs because than they could attract more women. They also explained how their ideal woman is slender. We all have an idea in our minds as to what is beautiful, I do not get offended if a man says I like slender women or I like thick women, whatever makes you happy is fine with me. I do have issues with the fashion industry because they force their models into having eating disorders in order to maintain an unhealthy weight.
Advertising often uses “beautiful” people in order to sell products. I understand that the over saturation of advertisements that are often shoved down our throats can cause us to believe we are not attractive enough. On the other side, I understand why advertisers do this. You have a very short time to catch your consumers attention, the quickest way to do this is by using a beautiful person. If I was going to make a beer commercial or shoot an advertisement for a men’s cologne, I would never use an “average” looking woman. Average does not sell period. The idea behind advertising is to tell men if you wear this cologne, you can get that sexy woman. The same way beautiful women sell clothing, makeup etc. Would you want an “average” looking woman selling your makeup products? I wouldn’t because the idea behind the image is if I wear this I will look like her and I am sure most of us would agree we do not want to be considered “average.”
Before you judge me, and think I am a condescending, shallow woman keep on reading.
They went on to show young girls that came to the conclusion they are not beautiful. They were like “I’m ugly”, well who is pretty? Actresses. This is where I have issues with advertising, it saddens me to see young girls believing they are not pretty because they do not look like what they see on the cover of a magazine. Beauty is so much more than a dress size or how big a woman’s bust is. Beauty is intelligence, beauty is healthy and most of all beauty is genuine. That is what we should be selling to our youth, not photo shopped images on a fucking billboard.
Thin is often associated with status, one male said that wealthier people often look at overweight individuals and see them as low class. This is completely dumb because there are plenty of wealthier people that are overweight.
Anyways, I recommend watching them it is very interesting to see how brainwashed we have become. How we believe if we do not meet certain quotas of beauty, we are not beautiful.
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