Examples Of Beauty In The Public Eye

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Beauty in the Public Eye The book definition of beauty plainly states that it is, “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses [sight].” That universal definition is morphed into what people want to see, and what a society needs every year. Major events in United States history have affected the definition of beauty greatly, causing it to alter to the public’s eye. These events have caused the definition of beauty to change every decade by adapting to what is going on in the country. The definition of beauty has changed in the United States over the decades, and it is affecting young girls’ mental health negatively. A lot took place during the 1900’s into the 1930’s in the United States. But,…show more content…
As a whole, the country has dealt with a lot of events in the past 30 plus years. But, one major event was the 9/11 attack. This attack shook America, and left it broken. It also brought America together though, and made people make drastic moves, and the country moved into a biased, judgmental atmosphere. One source did a study on how the beauty and idea of the hijab has been changed since 9/11. In this study, wearing the hijab was not linked with internalization, body surveillance, body shame, or eating disorder symptoms. Thus, wearing the hijab may be associated with how others behave toward U.S. Muslim women but not with U.S. Muslim women’s own body image perceptions (Tolaymat). Overall, this study showed that hijabs were not causing Muslim women to feel negative about themselves. It instead proved that there was indeed a prejudice against U.S Muslim women who wear hijabs. These prejudices were affecting everyday beauty, and the Hollywood beauty that is exposed to everyone. Muslim women were not found on the covers of magazines during this time. They were not showcased as being beautiful. One beauty figure of this time was Kate Hudson, a white woman. During her time as an icon she stood at, 5 foot and 6 inches, and weighed 106 lbs (Adams). Woman that were white, skinny, and not too tall were the definition of beautiful during this time. Muslim women of the United States were not seen as the definition of beautiful and that affected them, and other minorities
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