Often, people of all ages, race, and gender catch themselves gazing into mirrors for hours, blaming themselves for the way they look, not realizing that the media is actually the one to blame for many people’s body image. Body image is the way people see themselves, or how they assume other people see them. It is not likely to see a plus sized model in a magazine or a model on the runway with blemishes on her face. A person’s negative perception of their own body is not because they think it is wrong to look and be healthy; it is because the media is telling them that being a size 2 with flawless skin is healthy and beautiful.
If so many people are claiming that looks do not matter and beauty only runs skin-deep, then why does the media spend hours distorting a picture of a single person’s face to present to the world as a flawless skinned supermodel? With all of the perfecting and masking of the true appearance of these models, writers and editors make it seem as if being so glamorous and perfect is easy and attainable. While the readers believe that it is possible to reach these impossible goals, they find themselves developing the same disorders and low self-esteems that the editors are disguising (Crisell).
It is, without a doubt, true that the media is obsessed with perfection. The media is basically showing everyone that even the beautiful is not beautiful enough. As they take the original photos of women with natural skin and a healthy body shape and convert it to their perception of “beautiful”, they begin to lower the self-esteems of many people around the world. This is because it is not possible to look like these edited models, no matter how much effort is put into it. When people see the perfect women in a magazine, they immediately think that diet pills are the solution to their weight loss journey. The amount of money spent on diet and weight loss supplements is higher than it has ever been before. People spend a huge amount of money on supplements that “guarantee” so many pounds lost in a certain amount of time. Some are so determined that these supplements will do as they promised, not taking the time to research all of the negative side effects that go along with it. Basically, these companies are promising healthy weight loss only to make money, knowing that in the end, it is only false advertisement. The worst thing about the media being such a big influence on children and adults is that no one in the media is willing to change the obsession with perfection. As people become more influenced, ill, and provoked, the media only continues to only publish magazines with stick thin models with perfect features.
Basically, the media is doing nothing but using subliminal messages. The way they portray the models in magazines, it only confuses a human’s mind. This makes them believe that they must look like them to be considered beautiful. Often in magazines, when positive values, success, love, and happiness, a...