Women\'s Beauty
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the eyes of society, women like Pamela

Anderson, Tyra Banks and Carmen Electra are the epitome of perfection. What girl
would not want to look like them? Unfortunately, a number of girls want to be
just like them. Every year, millions of people are hurting themselves trying to
be carbon copies of these sex symbols. The media presents society with
unrealistic body types promoting people, especially women, to look like them.

Through TV shows, commercials, magazines or any form of advertising, the media
enforces a certain body type which women emulate. The so-called perfect body
type causes many negative effects on women in the US. Women who focus on
unrealistic body images tend to have lower self-esteem and are more likely to
fall prey to eating disorders. The media has a dangerous influence on women\'s
health in the United States. The media is a primary factor in the development
and maintenance of women\'s body image problems. Women start to feel insecure
about their bodies by looking at media images. This would not be such a problem
if these images were not reinforced daily. This provokes women to diet more
because they feel more pressure to be slim. "But advertisers are not
particularly wicked people who set out to delude and mislead us. They simply
provide images that we find seductive. Advertisers are the voice of society
projected on a billboard or a TV screen" (Buckroyd 52). The magazine racks
in any local store are saturated with magazines highlighting beautiful women
adorning the covers. Commercials on TV feature tall, thin women promoting a
certain product. The media presents and unrealistic body type for girls to look
up to. They do not reflect on images from everyday life. When walking around in
any place, very few people look like the women in commercials, most of them
thin, but not overly so. Because flawless images appear so often in daily life,
its hard to remember their not real and often many girls don\'t. They hold
themselves up to these images and feel the only was they can live life to its
fullest is to look like these people. Even if someone as at their perfect
weight, it\'s easy to feel like a failure when comparing to a movie star or to

Seventeen\'s cover girl. The line between fantasy and reality is skewed by mass
media. The media places much stress on obtaining the so-called body image.

Society pays a significant amount of attention to body image, physical
attractiveness, youthfulness, sexuality and appearance. "The minimum
requirement for the sort of model who appears on advertising hoarding is a
height of 5 ft 9 in and a size 8 to 10" (Buckroyd 55). No matter how hard
someone tries, they will never achieve the look and figure of the supermodels.
"The problem of girls and women comparing themselves to \'ideal women\' has
gotten more difficult in recent years. A look at the measurement of Playboy
centerfolds and Miss America finalists over the past 20 years shows that,
although these women symbolize beauty have been weighing less and less. In other
words, society\'s ideal women keeps getting thinner and thinner and much more
difficult for people to imitate" (Maloney 2). There is a right way for the
female body to look and that way is thin. "But what we see on television is
a special kind of thin. Most of us could starve our selves down to slivers and
still not look anything like those sleek bodies that flit across our screen day
and night" (Valette 4). "You can\'t get away from TV, it\'s
everywhere" (Brew I). Leading characters in the current crop of TV shows
are all thin. The TV shows with the highest ratings, such as Friends and Ally

McBeal, have tall thin lead actresses. In Friends, there are three young, tall,
and thin leads. They are outfitted in tight shirts and mini-skirts. They all
live good lives and have fun. In Ally McBeal, Ally is played by a young tall and
extremely thin actress. She plays a successful lawyer. The message that this is
sending across is that the key to success in today\'s society is to be young,
tall and thin. Characters that are heavier are usually elderly , matronly, in
low-status occupation or on the wrong side of the law. In the TV show Roseanne,
she played an overweight mother of a low-income family. The show related with a
lot more people, but the message was fat people can\'t be successful. The media
biggest target is children. They are young and