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Transcript of Body Image
By: Ali Scholtz and McCall Hoops
"To all the girls that think you're ugly because you're not a size zero, you're the beautiful one. It's society that's ugly." -Marilyn Monroe
The Beginning of Body Image - 1920's to 1950's
A New Desired Look - 1960's
A Fit Body is a Good Body - 1970's to 2000's
Curves in All the Right Places (and a Flat Stomach)- 2010 to Present Day
Body Image Today - How the "Perfect" Body Has Made Every Part of Us Seem Imperfect
"They go on about banning size zero, but I think Hollywood stars are the worst perpetrators. Most models are naturally long and gangly, while a lot of these young girls in Hollywood have gone on extreme diets. Their concave chests and bony arms are terrifying. It's scary to think that normal teenagers are tempted to copy them." -Twiggy
"From as far back as I can remember, I was always insecure about my looks, whether it was my flat chest, my skinny legs, or how to cope with my body as it changed. With hindsight, I can see I was different. I was given a body that worked for photographic modeling and a photogenic face." Twiggy
The Dove Campaign For Real Beauty
"The campaign started a global conversation about the need for a wider definition of beauty after the study proved the hypothesis that the definition of beauty had become limiting and unattainable. Among the study’s findings was the statistic that only 2% of women around the world would describe themselves as beautiful," (Dove).
“Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits." -Tina Fey
"The study revealed that only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful, and that anxiety about looks begins at an early age. In a study of over 1,200 10-to-17-year-olds, a majority of girls, 72%, said they felt tremendous pressure to be beautiful. The study also found that only 11% of girls around the world feel comfortable using the word beautiful to describe their looks, showing that there is a universal increase in beauty pressure and a decrease in girls' confidence as they grow older," (Dove).
The Dove Beauty Campaign
The Future of Body Image
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
"Listen, Tally. That's not what's important to me. What's inside you matters a lot more." / "But first you see my face. You react to symmetry, skin tone, the shape of my eyes. And you decide what's inside me, based on all your reactions. You're programmed to!" / "I'm not programmed. I didn't grow up in a city." / "It's not just culture, it's evolution!" (Westerfeld, 278).
"There was a certain kind of beauty, a prettiness that everyone could see. Big eyes and full lips like a kid's; smooth, clear skin; symmetrical features; and a thousand other little clues. Somewhere in the backs of their minds, people were always looking for these markers. No one could help seeing them, no matter how they were brought up. A million years of evolution had made it part of the human brain," (Westerfeld, 16).
"Shay! Come on. It's just for fun." / "Making ourselves feel ugly is not fun," (Westerfeld, 44).
"I don't think I'm very vain. Even though I'm on a TV show, I don't really care what I look like that much. And I think that women out there should just be happy with how they look and they shouldn't really try to conform to any stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy." -Fat Amy
"I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it's important to embrace it and get down! The female body is something that's so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not dis other women for being proud of theirs!" -Christina Aguilera
"I'd rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life." -Jennifer Lawrence
"Be Real is campaigning to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies," (Be Real)
"It's not vanity to feel you have a right to be beautiful. Women are taught to feel we're not good enough, that we must live up to someone else's standards. But my aim is to cherish myself as I am." -Elle MacPherson
"Cady, who has lived in Africa for fifteen years, isn’t aware of all the things that can be “wrong” with your body. Obviously, these faults teenagers find aren’t imbedded into our human nature, but must be created and taught to us by outside influences. This is why The Plastics find faults with themselves. Finding blemishes with themselves fuels their obsession to be perfect," (Film Analysis of Mean Girls).
Throughout time, Americans have seen many different views on what "beauty" is. The actual definition of beauty is "a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight," (Dictionary.com). Although, Americans have been faced to ask the question of whether it is actually possible to attain true beauty. Can beauty be defined? What does perfect look like?
In America, body image has changed with time from society accepting many different kinds of shape and size to a society where it is impossible to be perfect, and society's image of perfection influences the way people perceive themselves.