by: Grace E.,
The media, once an innocent aspect of our society, has now “twisted” our perception on how girls are supposed to be portrayed. In the past few years, I have seen the media becoming more controlling over the self-esteem of young girls minds. Girls no longer turn on the TV to watch an episode of Full House, it’s now “America’s Next Top Model”, and other shows which only focus on finding the “ideally perfect” girl. These stick-thin girls shown on the TV make viewers self-esteem fall to the ground.
As a 17 year old, I seem to fall right in the middle of the girls who typically feel the most pressure to be “thin” or “free of imperfections.” I constantly see magazines in stores with women flaunting stick-thin bodies, and it is a slight punch in the stomach for me. This is what Hollywood girls are portrayed as now: stick thin, and it almost seems as if starving yourself is the new trend.
Why has society come to be like this? What ever happened to the role models like Marylin Monroe? She was a beautiful woman with beautiful curves, which shows we can embrace our bodies, even if we are not size 0. Although I run track and eat healthy, I’m still not a size 0. I have felt, at times that I didn’t look good enough, or that I was far from that image of “perfection.” But as the years went on, I started to realize this idea of “perfection” doesn’t actually exist. Most of the images we see in magazines are photo shopped to make girls look very thin and free of any flaws. Curves should be seen as beautiful and feminine, just like they were always seen as before the media distorted our perception. Beyoncé, for example, is extremely popular all over Hollywood. She embraces her curves, and admits she has never had a “thigh gap.” However, she embraces herself for who she is and she is beautiful inside and out because of that confidence.
We need to stop looking at those stick-thin models and stop comparing ourselves. Everyone is their own person, and is beautiful no matter what. I embrace my body by not letting those Hollywood images affect me. There is no such thing as perfection. We all have flaws, and it makes us unique in our own ways. So put down the magazine of the Victoria Secret model, and start looking at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am beautiful.”