Emily Smith is buying groceries at Farm Fresh. She is walking to the register and the new cover of Self magazine catches her eye. She sees that Miranda Kerr, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel is on the cover in a crop top and bikini bottom. She compares her body to the image depicted on Self magazine. She starts nitpicking every part of her body. She looks down at her denim clad- thigh and thinks, “did my thighs and stomach get bigger than they were this morning? “ Influenced by the depiction of the image of Miranda Kerr, she now views her body as inadequate or ugly. Since she feels that her body is not beautiful and has negative thoughts, Emily seems to have negative body image. This perception of her physical appearance is known as body image which is the way a person feels about his or her body. It affects both men and women, young and old. The definition of beauty is defined by many factors family, friends, peers, the media, and puberty and development. Often the definition of beauty is a narrow thing that includes only a select group of people. Days are filled with images and other depictions of beauty that are aesthetically pleasing and highly retouch.
The media includes television, movies, books, advertisements, magazines, billboards, video games and the Internet. Since it encompasses so many things that media has a huge influence on people. It tells people how to dress, how to speak, how to think, how to be, what to buy, what to watch, what to eat, what to listen to and what to wear. The media is a powerful and persuasive sociocultural influence, it objectifies everyone. Since the media has a huge influence on what people do, it affects them both indirectly and directly. Magazines often show images of thin models flaunting the latest trends. Sometimes it also has highly retouched images. The depictions seen in magazines are highly distorted versions of beauty. The media has an obsession with perfection, and sends subliminal messages that often lead to a negative effect on a person’s body image. The greatest influence that the media has is on body image.
The media stockpiles images that are highly retouched and they make both men and women feel bad about themselves. The models or celebrities that are depicted do not look like they are depicted in the magazine in real life. The magazines use a ton of makeup m Photoshop and airbrush their images so that they can be aesthetically pleasing.
The media can promote negative body image. Negative body image is feeling bad or dissatisfied with his or her body. The media promotes negative body image by the depiction of perfect bodies. Both men and women compare themselves to the images they see and feel dissatisfied with their bodies. It can change cultural views on beauty, and it can promote eating disorders.
Promotion of positive body image can also be achieved by the media. It can lead to positive body image by portraying images of people with varying body types, ethnic groups,...