How many women here would like to look like this? How long do you think it took her to get this way? A few minutes? A day? A lifetime?
The problem is, this woman doesn’t exist. Well, I should correct that, she does exist, but she doesn’t look anything like this. What you see on the left is the picture of a woman after a lot of makeup and hair styling– and of course, digital manipulation.
Who did this? Dove. As part of their desire to encourage women about their looks, Dove put together a presentation on YouTube to demonstrate just what goes into the looks that people see on television and billboards. Their desire, to influence young women to be happy with the way that they look and not to do things to try to make themselves look like people that do not really exist.
Personally, I think it’d take more than a team of makeup artists and computer technicians to make me photogenic, but I think Dove’s onto something here.
You see, we’re a visual society– having things and seeing things that no other time had to deal with. Being a visual society, we’re impacted on multiple levels by what we see.
Stephanie and other women like here exist, and they’re normal women. The problem is that through media (be it television, movies, magazines, or books) we have been inundated with images of people, especially women, that do not represent the norm. We see them so much, though, that we begin to think that the normal woman is abnormal.
This puts pressure on both women and men. Men now come to expect that there are women out there with perfect looks. They look for it, and sometimes overlook those women that have good looks because they don’t measure up to the standards that they’ve seen on display everywhere.
As for women, they acknowledge this and, instead of being content with their own looks, they try to be that perfect woman. In the end, it can lead to attempts to do things to themselves that are not healthy– all in the name of becoming the “perfect looking women.”
And then there are those stars that have personal trainers and others to help them get back into shape and into a certain look after pregnancy. These women set the example for men to expect their wives to be rubber bands and spring back into the same shape or better after pregnancy.
Take, for example, Ms. Spears. Apart from the fact that she’s divorcing her husband, the reason that she’s appearing everywhere is that she has had her look redone and is getting ready for a career comeback. Yet again, though, she’s celebrating a look and you can bet that any promotional material she puts out will have no trace of pregnancy on her.
What I really find amusing, though, is how hard it is to tell who the stars are when they’re photographed by the paparazzi and there’s no one to do all the retouches. If you look, it’s hard to tell who people are.
So, ladies out there, take heart. You too could have a look like a star– but you don’t need to go on crazy diets until you’re skin and bones, you don’t need to spend thousands on plastic surgery, you just need to hire some makeup artists and computer graphics people, or just watch this YouTube movie and enjoy how God made you.
Dove ad on YouTube: