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If Barbie were to be a real person, she would be seven feet two inches tall, and weigh one hundred and one pounds. Her dress size would be a four, and she would wear a double F. Our culture has chosen unrealistic standards to live up to. The average woman is five feet four inches tall, weighs one hundred and forty pounds, and a dress size of fourteen. For millions of little girls, Barbie is their role model. A little girl loves to play dress up. She also loves to look in the mirror. She loves to make silly faces, but only five percent of kids like the reflection they see. Imagine a toddler standing in front of a mirror, smothering her face with blush and lipstick. She giggles as her mother attempts to hold the squealing toddler still, lathering her legs with self-tanner. ...read more.


When walking into a teenage girls room to most people requires no thought. You are most likely to find a mirror, makeup, and magazines. You are less likely to find a picture of the Brady Bunch, but instead a poster of Sex and the City. The mirror, show a reflection of a girl who sees nothing but flaws. It is unpleasing and has her starving, and cutting herself. The makeup has her hiding behind her skin. She is pretending to be something that she is not. The magazines, has her saving up for surgery. She wonders why she looks nothing like those models. The cover of a magazine is not also going to make women feel beautiful. She sees women who are meant to turn heads. She sees women who men are attracted to. These women can be used to sale skin products, cosmetic surgeries, or diet ads. ...read more.


At one point "thin" did not mean a size zero and "chubby" didn't mean obese. In the 1880's skinny was not what you wanted to be. You went to the extreme to expand your waist line. In the 1920's flat chests where in. You would not want go to Victoria Secret and buy the latest push up bra. In fact there corsets were designed to remove any visual cleavage. Busty or flat chested, prominent noses or button noses, thin or chubby, petite or plus size, variety of what has been beautiful has changed throughout history. You ultimately are the only one who can take what the media has given you. Our society has placed unrealistic standards on women. We as women have the power to take it and reject it, or take it and long for it. You choose what true beauty is. Elena Moya September 2, 2010 Period: 2 Resource Paper http://www.dove.us/#/CFRB/arti_CFRB.aspx[cp-documentid=7049726] http://www.cleancutmedia.com/advertising/unnaturally-beautiful-children-image-beauty http://www.christian-mommies.com/ages/tweens-and-teenagers/poor-barbie/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7920962.stm http://www.peacelovelunges.com/sports-fitness/ask-sam/what-if-barbie-were-a-real-woman/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model ...read more.

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