Magazines are a fantastic source of entertainment for young boys or girls, whether your in the bathroom to past time or just relaxing. Magazines are also informational so the readers can know about what’s ‘hot’ this season and what’s not. Magazines are great but they affect many people, mainly girls. Usually magazines have a model on the cover, which gives out an unrealistic expectation for girls because not only is the photo photoshopped but also not every girl looks the same. However these beauty expectations have changed over time, for example a cover from Elle magazine in 2007 to a cover in 2017.As America becomes a more diverse country beauty expectations are changing and have been changed but has it changed enough?. Looking at the magazine cover in 2007 you can see the model Jessica Biel, is in a really revealing outfit showing off her stomach and wearing a bra as a top to showcase her breasts. Her skin is light and clear, no blemishes; she has a seductive look on her face. Her body position is seductive and “sexy” with her right hand on her hip on her exposed stomach. Now looking at this cover it’s setting unreal expectations for girls of all ages. In result for these unrealistic expectations girls and women developing eating disorders. Think about it, if you are a young girl or women looking at this cover and you look nothing like this, wouldn’t you feel bad? Or upset? That’s what a lot of girls feel, that you need to be skinny with clear skin and blond hair to be pretty. A social experiment was done in 2007 by Laurie Mintz, associate professor of education, school and counseling psychology in the MU College of Education; showed pictures in a video that contained the thin ideals, for 3 minutes to 81 different women of size and shape. It has been thought that women who are heavier feel worse than a thinner woman after viewing pictures of the thin ideal in the mass media but that’s not necessarily true according to the study results from the experiment. After watching the videos women who have been evaluated about how they feel about themselves have dropped in their level of body satisfaction. Over 10% of the world population have eating disorders, 90% of those people are young women and adolescent girls. Magazines with covers ,like elle magazine in 2007, effect 81% of women in the world making them feel insecure about themselves. Young girls as little as 3rd graders are already worrying about being fat…42% of 3rd graders want to be thinner and 80% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat, According to Time magazine, 80% of all children have been on a diet by the time they’ve reached fourth grade.. These beauty expectations are affecting young girls that grow up to have eating disorders. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15-24 years old.'(South Carolina Department of mental health) “We’re losing bodies as fast as we’re losing languages,” says prominent British psychotherapist Susie Orbach in the upcoming documentary The Illusionists. Although there are still fashion magazines and beauty expectations in America has it changed now? Looking at the comparison of these two Elle magazines the 2017 issue is way more diverse than 2007.As you can see by the Elle magazine cover of 2017 with model Candice Huffine, a plus size model. This is a Giant step to the right direction because for decades all you have seen as beauty was skinny and thin never curvy and big. The model is still portraying ther world beauty expectations like with the light skin and Photoshop of the face/body but still not completely overdone like the Elle magazine cover in 2007. She is being shown ,by her body position, that she is still sexy without showing her body off. As you can see by the cover the sidelines are also less focused on how to “lose weight” ,”how to get a man” quoting the 2007 Magazine cover. This magazine going now in 2017 is becoming more unrelated to lose the weight and just overall body positivity and body acceptance. Model of the cover Candice Huffine has created a campaign on social media about body positivity and hopes she can inspire girls to accept their bodies because we are all not the same and many girls need to realize that. As America becomes and more diverse country and society is changing so are beauty expectations. I feel as if we have improved in the amount of diversity comparing to the two magazine covers. Although it took a decade society is learning to accept different body types and accept them as models. There is still eating disorders occurring now but not as much as 2007. We have improved but we can do better. We can fight for more equality and diversity. We can save the future generations of girls. We can accept our bodies and others. We can end the amount of eating disorders happening in this country. Because after all we are not all the same, we never will be.
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