Magazines have been criticized as a medium that continually projects women in the wrong light. Women are constantly looking at their bodies as a canvas, and the media has a grand impact on how women perceive their bodies and are also influencing their beliefs and perceptions. In the above video, one can see the great lengths ad campaigns can take in order to achieve a certain image. But at what cost? This blog post aims to prove how women are affected by the magazine industry.
Images such as the one above show how the images in magazines are altered in order to achieve perfection in an individual. One source looked at three different ways magazines can affect women:
“Articles about appearance — These articles often include information on how get “perfect” ab muscles, advice on how to apply makeup, and tips on what to wear.
Advertisements — Magazines often include ads for beauty and hair products, clothing and perfume. Many of these ads feature women that are underweight and men who are overly muscular.
Photos — Most photos in magazines are altered so that wrinkles, fat, and pores disappear. Readers only see perfect and unrealistic bodies represented.”
These three elements of magazine advertisements show that women are being fed visually and intellectually how one needs to dress and act. This alters a woman’s mind into thinking the perfect body can only be attained through expensive clothing, excessive makeup, and extreme bodies. Women should remember that even though these images look beautiful and appealing that it is not always an attractive and healthy lifestyle and that being fit and toned is more tasteful in today’s society.