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We All Know Her: The Unattainable Ideal

Why has our perception of beauty been distorted by the media?
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Christian Lopez

on 25 May 2012

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Transcript of We All Know Her: The Unattainable Ideal

why has our perception of beauty been distorted by the media?? WE ALL KNOW HER: THE UNATTAINABLE IDEAL What Is Beautiful? How Far Can One Go To Achieve Beauty? Are There Any Reprecussions To Our Actions? Anorexia Nervosa: a disorder characterized by fear of becoming fat and refusal to eat food; leading to debility and even death. Yikes! Bulimia: a habitual disturbance in eating behavior mostly affecting young women of normal weight, characterized by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain. Luisel Ramos was a supermodel from Uruguay. For three months she was on a diet of lettuce and diet coke. She weighed just 97 pounds with a height of 5”9’ at the age of twenty-two. On August 2006, the young model collapsed on the runway and died of heart failure.
Cause of Death: Anorexia Nervosa
A Couple of months later, her younger sister, Eliana Ramos (also a model) died of a heart attack associated with malnutrition just two months after her eighteenth birthday. November 2006, Ana Carolina Reston, a Brazilian model weighing 88 lbs, at 5''8', died of complications of anorexia. One month after the death of Luisel Ramos, Spain adopted a BMI (body mass index) minimum if 18 for its runway models at the 2006 Fashion Week in Madrid. 30% of the women who participated in the event were turned away as a result of the new standar.


CNN Report:
The world's first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other venues.

Madrid's fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.

Esther Cañadas, Spain’s best-known model, does not qualify under the new rules as she is said to have a BMI of only 14.

Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health, rather than a waif-like, or heroin chic look.



http://articles.cnn.com/2006-09-13/world/spain.models_1_association-of-fashion-designers-skinny-models-pasarela-cibeles?_s=PM:WORLD "Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk," said regional official Concha Guerra. With a thin-obsessed culture like America, many look at fashion models wearing clothes, and hope such clothes will make them look just as thin and, some say attractive. Studies show that women tend to respond more positively to products advertised on thinner fashion models.
Values:

(Models or Young Teens Dealing With Eating Disorders)
Self-Satisfaction, Confidence, Appealing to the Public, Happiness

(Modeling Agencies or Designers)
The Profit

(Modeling Fashion Organizers such as in Madrid Fashion Show)
Truth, Natural-Healthy Beauty, Self-Awareness Aristotle's Principle Not Every Action or Emotion Admits of a Middle End. Mean is a Precise Equal Distance from Two Extremes. Modeling Agencies are loyal to themselves.

Models are somewhat loyal to themselves, however, if they want to be in the top agencies, they will go to the extremes in order to be on the runway or on the cover of a magazine.

Organizers that want change in the Modeling Industry are true to the public. They do not want to guide young teens to become unhealthy in order to achieve "beauty." LOYALTIES:
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