The models’ skeletal bodies, dull, thinning hair, spots and dark circles under their eyes were magicked away by technology… Cosmopolitan also asked their readers if they were confident with their bodies.
Of the 1000 women surveyed, over 60% revealed that they weren’t (Cosens).
Myleene Klass spoke out about what it’s like, stating that in some photographs she’s seen, she looks absolutely nothing like herself.
“It’s always weird to see what an art director creates as a flawless version of yourself,” she admits (Crisell).
It’s because our society promotes a certain body image as being beautiful, and it’s a far cry from the average woman’s size 12.
The unrealistic standard of beauty that women are bombarded with everyday gives them a goal that is impossible to reach, and the effects are devastating.
Perhaps things like being faithfully married for many years (like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson), supporting positive causes (like Sara Mc Lachlan supporting abused animals), or speaking out against bad behavior (like Bill Cosby has done with young black men) will be the strongest things you can find.
Once you make the list, you will have to choose an organization.
The women who were assigned the group that viewed the fashion magazine stated that they wanted to lose more weight and viewed themselves more negatively than the women who read the news magazine.
A study performed by Marian Morry and Sandra Staska in 2001 found that “media exposure to the ‘ideal’ form is being internalized” (Chojnacki).