Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder

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Depicted Ideals of Beauty

Throughout the decades of time, society has been continuously determining the perception of what it is to be "beautiful." The American standard of beauty is often reflected upon advertisements that convey an unrealistic expectation for most everyday women. Whereas, teenagers have grown to interpret advertisements as a model for how they should appear physically. Marilyn Monroe was perceived as the epitome of beauty in the 1950s. The well-known sex symbol was recognized because of her curvaceous build. But for instance, Twiggy, a popular model in the midst of the 1960s, later set a misconstrued standard to what was beautiful. With the rising of her stardom, the glamorization of being thin was beginning to take a turn on a more positive note. That is until the famous 90s heroin chic model, Kate Moss, hit the scene taking the modeling industry by storm in an unhealthy manner with her campaign "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

As time continues to inevitably move forward in American culture, as will the image and conception of what beauty truly is in the eyes of our society.

The value of women has always been subjectified to that of their appearance; therefore, the desired standard to be "beautiful" continues to evolve in the wrong ways. Today, the media puts pressure on both girls and women to look a specific type of way and throughout the past several years it has begun surface more frequently due to the drastic lengths people are willing to go to achieve their idea of perfection. Molly Edmonds, a woman who wrote "10 Ways the Definition of Beauty Has Changed" on a popular health website - HowStuffWorks - exclaims "the problem is, what society considers beautiful has a tendency to change, which means our pursuit of beauty tends...