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Why doesn't the industry portray life as it is instead of creating an image people seem to strive for?

Why doesn't the industry portray life as it is instead of creating an image people seem to strive for?

The industry continues to portray young beautiful models (mostly young white women)who have bodies and wear cloths that are unobtainable by most of their audience. How can we develop an attractive look that is obtainable?

All answers/questions are welcomed

Thank you!

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    Feb 11 2013: I agree with Kate.....a certain image is created and marketed with the intention of selling ALL the products that go with that image...cloths, make-up, diets, etc. The industry will continue to produce what the public buys, so I believe the idea of change needs to come from many different segments of our society.

    We now have "plus" size models and cloths, and all models are not as skinny as "Twiggy", who started the "skinny" fad. We're beginning to see make-up manufactures producing different colors of make-up with many different textures, for different skin types. Are we beginning to see a tiny little change?
    • Feb 11 2013: Thank you for your response! I would definitely agree, there has been a shift in what is considered beautiful. How do we continue in this effort? How do we support the segments that will have the most effect?
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        Feb 11 2013: Thanks for your response too Michael:>)

        I believe awareness is the first step in changing anything. The fact that we are talking about these issues here on TED is a step forward in my perception. I believe we need to continue to empower people with confidence and security in themselves, so people are not so easily led by marketing. I believe if one is confident in oneself, we generally won't spend time and money trying to look like everyone else. We may be more content to "be" who and what we are:>) What do you think?
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        Feb 11 2013: So Michael, your question asks..."Why doesn't the industry portray life as it is instead of creating an image people seem to strive for?"

        Some folks, often young people, "strive for" the image that is presented as what we "should" be striving for, to be accepted, beautiful, successful....bla....bla....bla.

        If the industry can convince enough people that they are "right", and we "should" all strive for this presented image, they kind of have people in the palm of their hands as far as manipulation.....do they not?

        I believe that what needs to be stressed, is good physical and emotional health, including confidence and self esteem.
      • Feb 12 2013: If you want people to accept people "warts and all" I suggest that you support efforts to legalize and popularize public nudity. IMO our conflation of nudity and sexuality is mentally and emotionally unhealthy.

        When a society makes it illegal for people to walk down a public street without hiding their true appearance behind clothes, that society does not fully accept people as themselves. In a free society people should be free to be just themselves.

        Most people never think about the nudity laws, but the more I think about them, the more insidious they seem. Not only do we not portray life as it is, we cannot live life looking as ourselves.

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