R.I.P. Self-Esteem

The one day of the year that will be the death of your self-esteem…

In today’s society body image surrounds us in all aspects of life. The most prevalent forms of this influence are seen in the media, advertising, and celebrities. Women therefore are negatively impacted and become dissatisfied not only with themselves, but their body.

One of the most popular stores for women today is Victoria’s Secret. Many women have shaped their minds around the pictures in magazines, advertisements and commercials. Victoria Secret models are put out to be the best yet. The models of VS are seen in the eyes of men and women as “perfect.” In reality, these women should not be portrayed as perfect, because the bodies they have are unrealistic for a girl to possess.

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The most dreaded day for women and eager awaited day for men is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This year (2014) the show will air in London on Tuesday December 9th on CBS. Every year this day is one where women become to feel insufficient with themselves. This feeling cultivated in young women is posted all over social media and the horrors this show brings. A LifeTeen blog said “The “angels” in the show are beautiful yet very thin supermodels who, by society’s standards, have achieved perfection of their bodies. They have long limbs, gorgeous faces, and stunning smiles.” (Wilson) But with this mindset put into perspective… many women begin to believe that this body type is considered the norm of all women.

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show model bodies don’t come as easy as you think. These models spend hours on end practically killing themselves to strive for this figure for one night of fame on television. As they strut across the stage on what little clothing they are wearing they feel empowered and above everyone else. The models in the show spend hours working out, and watch their diet in order to prepare for the show. A UK Telegraph article about one of the angels Adriana Lima states that for nine days before the show, she doesn’t eat any solid food and only consumes liquids. She has a fitness plan to work out twice a day and drinks a gallon of water. This lifestyle is far from normal, and no girl should ever have to harm themselves for the sake of having their dream body. Becoming an angel comes from hard work, sweat and tears.

As a result of watching this show millions of women respond to what they see or watch onto social media. This social media outburst is seen primarily on Facebook and Twitter. As soon as the show begins airing social media erupts streaming posts from mostly females expressing their feelings towards the show. What many people feel ultimately has a negative impact on their self-esteem.  While watching the show, tweets themes seen are:

I will never eat again tweet…

I will eat everything all the time including my feelings tweet…

I look like Honey Boo Boo tweet…

I’m joining the gym tomorrow tweet… 

I want her body tweet…

I think I might be a lesbian tweet…

OMG they are so hot tweet…

I’m not into sticks and bones tweet…

Every girl is beautiful tweet…

 

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These women are just like everybody else, and here’s a picture to prove it. Make up and photoshop can do wonders for any model…

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Today women of all ages need to come understand that size does not define your beauty. This show is not helping you, but only hurting you. So for advice… turn the channel and watch something that will benefit you and your self esteem. You should love yourself enough to know that you are not the sum of what you look like. Enjoy your life, and live a healthy lifestyle with balance and everything in moderation. Do good to your body by focusing on being healthy and strong rather than the ideal perfect. Go ahead, eat that cookie, it will not kill you. Every girl is unique and beautiful in their own way and size does not factor into who you are as a person.

Work Cited

Alwilso4621. “Media & The Distortion of Body Image.” Online video clip. Youtube, 8 Apr. 2012. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

Cayuca, Ashley (ashleycayuca). “Victoria secret fashion show is coming… Time to regret everything we ate during thanks giving!” 30, Nov. 2014. 9:47 p.m. Tweet.

CBS. “Victoria’s Secret- Making of an Angel.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 24 Nov. 2010. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

(CuzIGoToOU). “I’m dieting so I don’t hate myself more than normal when I watch the Victoria secret fashion show in 4 days…” 30, Nov. 2014. 8:53 p.m. Tweet.

Fernandez, S, and M Pritchard. “Relationships Between Self-Esteem, Media Influence And Drive For Thinness.” Eating Behaviors 13.4 (2012): 321-325. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.

(melbatoastmarie). “ME DURING THE #VSFashionShow.” 11, Dec. 2013, 12:47 a.m. Tweet.

Nanci, Hellmich. “Do Thin Models Warp Girls’ Body Image?.” USA Today: MasterFILE Premier. 26. Sept. 2006. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Date Announced. 2013. Modelinia. Web. 1, Dec. 2014.

Victoria’s Secret. L Brands. Web. 3. Dec. 2014.

Victoria’s Secret logo. 2013. Web. 1, Dec. 2014.

Wilson, Emily. “On the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

 

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