When thinking about this question, there is a quote
from actress Salma Hayek, “People
often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most
liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This
empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look,
including inside ourselves”. I feel that
in order for people to have that security in themselves the media needs to have a representation on body image in a
more positive way. Cause if the media continues to show images in
a way that people think it may be true, it may cause people to have many challenges
ahead of them that can affect them in so many ways. According to the article by Jhally, “we do
not see representation of “real” people in advertisements, but rather we see
representation of people who “stand for” reigning social values such as family
structure, status differentiation, and hierarchical authority” (Jhally, 2015
The media can be both helpful and harmful to
viewers. It can be both helpful and
harmful because the media has ways to allow viewer to perceive what is shown to
With that nowadays there has also been awareness around the way the media has influence
body image. When we think of the media there is no doubt that there are
some type of influence that is connected with body image. This would be the celebrities,
fashion models and anyone who is on TV as their inspiration to be like. They want to be like them and how they
are. So they would do certain body modifications
to themselves to be able to achieve that certain look.
to the article by Fairclough, “Youthful beauty as evidenced in celebrity
culture now appears to be the only type of beauty to aspire to” (2015, pg.
304). This is because American standards
nowadays are established in the media.
Viewers are constantly surrounded by all sorts of images that the media
put outs and then viewers will start to believe what is being shown as the new
norm. The more the media show what the
new norm is maybe to their viewers the more they will be disappointed with
their bodies and who they are as with themselves.
The majority of the things that are represented in the
media are of underweight and unhealthy people that others look up too. I feel that if media started using people who
actually represents real life people with all body types it would make a great
difference for viewers. This can help
viewers not be as insecure with whom they are if they are able to see people in
the media who have all kinds of flaws.
People should know that it is okay to be imperfect with many flaws and
still love ourselves for what we were given.
But the media makes it seem like we need to be and look a certain way,
which is very upsetting in my opinion and needs to change soon. According to the article in the textbook,
“Women’s bodies are evaluated, scrutinized and dissected by women as well as
men and are always at rick of ‘failing'” (Gill, 2015 pg. 280). This is not just
for women it also goes for men as well.
There needs to be something that we can do to help people love their
bodies and to not care what is out there in the media.