The Negative Impact of Advertising on females Body Image
The average woman today sees 400 to 600 advertisements per day causing a negative impact on how females view their bodies. Advertisers often emphasize sexuality and the importance of physical attractiveness in an attempt to sell products. But beneath selling a product is the pressure being placed upon women to focus on their appearance rather than buying a product. Advertisements may adversely impact women's body image which can lead to unhealthy behavior as women strive for an ultra-thin body idealized by the media. In a recent poll by People magazine, "80% of women reported that the images of women in advertisements make them feel insecure about their looks."(Gunter)The Negative portrayals of body images for women to obtain are apparent in Fashion magazines, Commercials and fitness magazines. Each source has evident content that promotes false perceptions that women strive to obtain by enduring in unhealthy lifestyles and creating psychological disorders.
Presently in society there is a variety of different fashion magazines that are full of endless pictures of stick- thin female bodies. Each picture has been airbrushed endlessly and enhanced digitally to create an unrealistic image. Everyday women read fashion magazines and feel that in order to be considered beautiful they must look identical to the models in the photographs; what female doesn't want to feel beautiful? However, models that grace the front covers of fashion magazines are below the healthy weight range. Nevertheless, the result is your average woman trying to emulate the images they see in the advertisements and the only way this becomes possible is by adapting an unhealthy lifestyle. A top fashion magazine today is, Vogue and inside of Vogue one will find numerous pages of content displaying dangerously thin models, modeling high fashion brand names. What is unseen to the naked eye is that most of these models are extremely unhealthy and have many disorders so they can be able to grace the front cover of a magazine. But societies just see the model and what is "beautiful" and associate the models looks with success, wealth and happiness and therefore all females from adolescents to adulthood feel that looking like a model will bring them success. I contacted, Sally Jones who is the marketing director of Vogue. I asked her a few important questions of whether or not the magazine feels as though they should be to blame for the negative disorders women have pertaining to their bodies. Sally stated that, "Vogue doesn't promote anything about how to look like the models or even mentions how beautiful the models are in fact the reason why they use models in their advertisements is beyond the actual magazine and relies within the fashion industry and the designers of the clothing." The magazines task is to promote the clothing and style and has nothing to do with the models. In spite of this, it still doesn't make sense why an average female can't grace the front cover of Vogue wearing the exact same clothing just in a "healthier" size? Sally would argue this again by saying, "advertisements in magazines aren't to blame it's the fashion industry." The skinny Victoria Secret's models featured in fashion magazines epitomize the fact that in today's society, thinness is associated with attracting male attention, success, wealth and status. At least this is the message portrayed indirectly by advertisers. Beauty standards created by advertisers are a means by which women judge and compare themselves. Unfortunately in most cases, the media tells most women that they are ordinary and their bodies need to be perfected. The number of fashion magazines being produced with dangerously thin models gracing the images inside has gone up and coincidently the rise of eating disorders amongst females has rose. In fact, "today's fashion models weigh 23% less than the average female, and a young woman between the...
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