The Impact Of Media On Body Image Essay

1648 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 7 Pages
Much like seasonal fashion trends and varying health fads, body image is not a stable factor and has changed over time due to the sociocultural standards portrayed by media images and messages. These images and messages can be found on the internet, television, billboards, and magazines. The media puts a heavy emphasis on a woman’s physical appearance suggesting that beauty, happiness, and success can be achieved through make-up, hair products, stylish clothing, and a thin body. Moreover, our society advertises extreme diet and exercising fads that can “help” a woman achieve this “ideal” thin figure. Over the past century in the United States, a woman’s “ideal” body image has changed from curvy to slender, back to curvy, and has remained “beautifully-thin” for almost fifty years. Research has found a correlation between the “ideal” body image portrayed by the media and how a woman may perceive, internalize, and respond to this image. These perceptions could contribute to social anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, and eating disorders.
From 1900-1910 the “ideal” body image was known as the “Gibson Girl” which was depicted from a drawing by the illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. This girl was slender and tall with a voluptuous bust and wide hips. Women achieved this look by wearing corsets to tighten the waist and accentuate the bust and hips. The “Gibson Girl” was portrayed as being physically active, in good health, and up to date on the latest fashion trends.…

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