Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?

Careful analysis of contemporary constructions of beauty reveals that perceptions of women are significantly altered and influenced by a media that emphasizes the "perfect" woman, otherwise triggering negative stereotypes and feelings of inferiority regarding age, body image, and sexual appeal.

Advertisements do their best to associate the thin trend with images of women that can be perceived as active, wearing fashion forward clothing, or even just by using adjectives like healthy, happy, popular, desirable, and so on. For example, a teenage girl flipping through the pages of Glamour magazine would probably never say she wishes she looked like her middle aged, average sized mother after three kids, but more like one of the models on the cover of with the size zero waist and seemingly flawless complexion. An article in the magazine focuses on just that topic. In the article, twelve random strangers are given photographs of women and asked how old they perceive each woman to be. The magazine gives tips on how to erase years from the faces of the women who are seen as "too old." Aging is an inevitable part of life. On one hand, "older people represent a valuable source of skill, knowled



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