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Real True Beauty

Every day young girls and women are bombarded with unrealistic media representations of women. Advertisements, Miss America contests, television shows, and movies are all responsible for the low self-esteem that many women face today. In media, ‘beautiful’ women are depicted as thin, perfect-skinned, and big-breasted. In reality, many women are not skinny, do not have flawless skin, and are not big-breasted. Since they do not fit these ‘ideal’ images of beauty, many women believe they are not beautiful and do not appeal to men.

As many people know, there are two types of beauty; outer and inner. Outward beauty, or physical attractiveness, is the beauty focused on most by the media. Unfortunately, the press takes most physical attributes to the extreme. ‘Beautiful’ women in the media have perfect skin, and perfect body bodies, and women in the real world feel insecure and undesirable. This article will dispose of these media beliefs about beauty by discussing what beauty really is, and how beauty differs around the work worldwide think about.


Unfortunately, the media cannot be ignored. It is everywhere. It is on television, on the radio, in the movies, in ads, and even in children’s toys. This is why we must begin to emphasize the importance of inner beauty to young girls and women. Inner beauty, often ignored in media representations, includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, politeness, and personal charisma. Rather than focusing on unobtainable physical characteristics, young women should focus on attainable inner beauty.

Easier said than done, right? In today’s society, the pressure on a woman to be beautiful is stronger than ever. Unfortunately, most women do not focus on inner beauty as they should. So, for those women, here are two suggestions. The first is to ignore media representations. Very few women in the world fit the profile of a woman in the media. Even the women who have made it to television are often edited and airbrushed to look the way they do. The second point to establish is that ideas of beauty are forever changing.

Beauty changes from time to time and from place to place. What is beautiful to one person is not attractive to another. For example, in Western cultures, extra-long necks may not be considered beautiful. However, the Kayan tribe of Thailand believes that elongated necks represent ideal beauty. They are so infatuated with the idea of long necks that the women wear brass rings to help give them an elongated appearance. This shows how different cultures have different ideas of beauty. The same is true for other people within the same cultures. What is beautiful to one American man may not be attractive to another.

Katie Axon

After leaving the corporate world to pursue my dreams, I started writing because it helped me organize and express myself. It also allowed me to connect with people who share my passion for art, travel, fashion, technology, health, and food. I currently write on vexsh, a site focused on sharing and discovering what it means to be a creative, passionate person living in today's digital age.

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