Do You Think The Way Celebrities Look Affect Average Women's Body Images?

@biwasaki (1745)
United States
January 21, 2007 7:29pm CST
I think celebrities these days are much thinner than they were in previous years. I think this puts tremendous pressure on women of all ages to look "perfect" all the time; and that has led to an increase in eating disorders and plastic surgery. Do you think the way celebrities look these days is affecting the way average women feel about themeselves? Is the pressure to be thin and beautiful much higher now than it was in the past? How do you cope with the feelings of not being "perfect" by Hollywood's standards?
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Unfortunately, it does affect how teens feel about themselves.I personally think celebs are too skinny and do not look good at all. I would hope that as a woman ages, she become more aware that her personality is the key to being happy not looking the way society says she should. It does not affect my thinking at all. I am confident enough in myself that that is just not importnat to me. I hate those victoria secret commercials. I think they degrate women of all ages. I turn the TV off when one of them comes on.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Kudos to you for being confident in your own skin and realizing that personality is what counts. Thanks for your comment.
@ram13288 (388)
• United States
22 Jan 07
of course they do with all those magazines say that this actress is sexy because she is so skinny. this makes women set too high standards for themselves and they end up forgetting how beautiful they actually are.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Thats true. With all these pictures of actresses and models in the magazines, women set higher standards for themselves that are just not realisitc. Women need to remember that a lot of these photos are retouched and airbrushed and that no one looks like that all the time.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I have to admit that looking at all of the 'beautiful people' on television and in the media has helped to make me feel even more inadequate than I would have otherwise. I'm so shy and spend a lot of time at home, not out in the public looking at more regular people like me. So, after a time of mostly only seeing the pretty people on tv, I have had thoughts about my own appearance a few times that are honestly just sad. I started to understand the news stories I was hearing about people who have body dsymorphic disorder (I think that's right) where they think that they are so ugly that they can't even bear to be in the public, and most of these people are truly not bad looking at all. I had a couple of instances where I went into the public and felt like people around me would be looking at me like I wasn't even human. That was how bad I felt about how I looked. I am trying so hard to get over this, though, and those feelings were extreme and I have only had them a few times. But the celebs and people in the media have definitely helped to add to the image that I feel I _cannot_ live up to.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Thank you for your honesty. I feel that as a woman in today's society, we are definitely held to a higher standard appearance-wise than men are. I think its unfortunate and unfair and I wish there were a solution to this problem.
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• United States
8 Jun 07
I think there is a big deifference between being healthy and just being a sack of bones. A lot of celebrities overdo it when it comes to being thin. maybe they feel the pressure also... I like to see plus size actors do well because this isn't a tiny world and most average people aren't really average size. I was watching something a few days ago that was about super thin stars and it was showing other stars specualting why these people were so thin. It's kind of like you are danged if you do and danged if you don't. As fas as I am concerned, beauty has nothing to do with what you look like or how many movies you have made. beauty is about confidence and the way you feel about yourself whether you are 100 pounds or 300 pounds. The pressure is definitley there. I avoid that by just being who I am and not trying to follow in anyone else's footsteps. I am in control of me.