Fix Perspective

Beauty And Brilliance Lie Under The Skin

 

Yelena Samofalova / youthjournalism.org
By Emma Bally
Senior Reporter
BROOKLYN, New York – I have been
paying close attention to pictures of today’s women celebrities in magazines and
billboards.
One reason I have been doing this is
because of a huge billboard close to my school of an emaciated Victoria’s
Secret model.
These female stars in American
society in this day and age have gotten me thinking about the difference of
what our society thought was attractive a mere 40 years ago compared to what
America thinks is beautiful now.
For example, Marilyn Monroe, a
glamorous movie star from the 1950s, wore about a size 10 dress, while Nicole
Richie, a modern day actress, is a size zero.
I have always believed that movie
stars or celebrities should be slightly more glamorous versions of everyday
people. The stars today, or at least most of them, are super skinny versions of
everyday people.
These commercials, ads, and
photographs have led me to the conclusion that the definition of beautiful has
drastically changed, bringing to the table new issues for today’s generation.
Everyday people have always aspired
to act like and look like celebrities. Now that many stars are considered
gorgeous if they are anorexic or extremely thin, today’s society might want to
look like these women and therefore many girls could become anorexic or
bulimic.
This new definition of pretty might
also cause some girls to turn to plastic surgery to acquire the body that they
wish they had, like Heidi Montag.
Though I am aware that not all eating
disorders or plastic surgeries exist solely because of America’s version of
beautiful, millions of American women suffer from eating disorders and plastic
surgery is commonplace.
I do believe that it is okay to
admire these skinny stars but I also think that people should admire stars
based on talent, not just looks. Some of my role models include Lucille Ball,
Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, and Bella Abzug – not because of what they look like,
but because of their talent and their acceptance of who they are, inside and
outside.
These brilliant women are not
obsessed only with looks or weight.
My final message for young people around
the world is to love who you are inside and don’t strive to look exactly like
today’s stars. Everyone looks different, and we are all beautiful in our way.
We are all uniquely gorgeous inside
and out and that is the real beauty of this world that we live in.