Everyday, by way of television, ads, film, magazines, and society, women are bombarded with unrealistic standards of beauty. As a result of indirect messages, women have been conditioned throughout the centuries to believe that beauty is a universal one-size-fits-all model. Literally. Tall, paper-thin, long straight hair, blue eyes: this has been the standard of beauty for ages. Any variation is often non-existent or not considered beautiful.
We live in an overly superficial world where a heavy emphasis is placed on physical appearance. Women are constantly trying to live up to the body images represented by celebrities and models because those are the images that dominate the media. The added pressure of men—the people who have created these unrealistic body images (patriarchy anyone?)—has led most women to, at some point, disapprove of their bodies.
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