Presenting images of healthy, well-fit individuals gives us all something to aspire to. One of the leading problems in today's society is obesity. The media gives us various ways we can become like these models in magazines, making it possible to achieve the fit image they portray. The media puts such an emphasis on body image in order to create a society where obesity disappears. Why shouldn't we all aspire to have a healthy, toned body?
Everyone wants to feel beautiful! But in today's society, it is hard for us to feel good about how we look. The media portrays that only the tall and skinny are beautiful. We seen in magazines and on TV and on the runway girls who are extremely skinny, and we are told that that's what we have to look like to be beautiful. Why should we be told that to be beautiful we have to look like those people in magazines and on TV and on the runway?
The tall and skinny model days are in the past. In today's society there are more and more full figured women getting into modeling. For example, on the hit show America's Next Top Model, one of the most successful winners of the show Whitney Thompson is not skin and bones. She's 5'10 and is a size 10. When girls see this they should be inspired and shouldn't feel bad bout how they look. If this girl went out there and feels good about how she looks then all girls should.
Full figured women are still a minority in the modeling business. And America's Next Top Model is a terrible example to teenagers. Did you know that they had two final contestant models wear skimpy bikinis and roll around in motor oil? Not only that, but the camera that was recording this had to censor some parts of the girls body because it showed too much. How is that something that girls should look up to and admire? It degrades and humiliates women. It's like watching two girls fight for attention the wrong way. It gives young girls the impression that they need to dress and act like this to be "winners" or to gain attention from anyone important.
It should also be known that cyber bullying stems from what the media presents. Kids who are overweight or who don't have the perfect complexion tend to be picked on because it's not what the media views as "normal." Teenagers look to social networking sites such as Instagram or Facebook for constant approval to see if they fit into what society sees as "cool." The problems arising from this need for approval and this need to be exactly what the media wants us to look like is detrimental to our well-being.