Voted most beautiful woman of the 21st century:
Nowadays, the beauty we all strive to reach from what we see in magazines and movies simply isn’t real. It’s impossible. Technology has blurred our image of beauty so much that it has become something non-existent in real life. Because of websites like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Tumblr, beauty isn’t just physical prescence anymore — in fact, most of the time we see these images of beauty through some form of digital screen. We not only aim to be beautiful in person anymore, but also online.
This popular campaign by Dove shows how unattainable our current views of beauty are.
Although featuring the video above, this highlights a lot of points about beauty the media brought up in the 21st century.
Cosmetic surgery is considered a norm, botox isn’t unusual (they’ve even made a TV show about it), “boob jobs” — whether women want larger or smaller breasts — are not uncommon. Laser surgery to remove unwanted hair, correct vision, eliminate spider veins – all common. Stem-cell technology is showing potential anti-aging properties in fat cells, making faces look years younger.
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There are uncountable beauty magazines telling us how to look, dress, be tan, please our men, how to do our hair, have long and beautiful eyelashes, makeup makeup makeup, makeup that makes us flawless and makeup that makes us look younger and makeup that stays in place for 24 hours. Even articles encouraging surgery to enhance our bodies to today’s standards of beauty.
In the 21st century, the word “beautiful” isn’t even all that common. Words like “hot” and “sexy” have replaced standard beauty, and the fewer the clothes, the better:
We’ve come a long way since the 16th century in terms of beauty, haven’t we?
No. We haven’t.
People wore wigs to improve their hair before they had hair products like we do now. They wore powders that harmed their skin, even “bled” themselves on a regular basis because translucent pale was considered beautiful. They wore perfumes, too. None of that is real either. The only thing that has changed is our means of improvement are more advanced than they used to be. What technology has changed, however, is the ability to alter ourselves in photographs and in movies with a few clicks on programs like Photoshop:
(our most beautiful woman, Angelina Jolie, before and after Photoshop — of course she is still beautiful before, but after she is flawless according to today’s standards of beauty)
In times before computers, though, and before photography, they had something even better than Photoshop: a painter. Women didn’t have breast implants but they did wear corsets to raise their chest, flatten their stomachs and reduce their waistline. In current times, we get a (heavily doctored) picture from society that is what we define as beautiful:
But back in centuries past, there were tales about the most beautiful princesses with “skin as white as snow” – “Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony” and she was the fairest, most beautiful one of all.
(Snow White was written in 1812)
This was their form of media, of telling women how they should look to be beautiful. In order to become beautiful like Snow White, women used all kinds of artificial tricks to paint that picture of common and accepted “beauty” on their faces.
Only thing is, that commonly accepted picture of beauty changed over the years, adapting to current times and circumstances. Like I said before, at one time wide hips were considered beautiful. We wanted to expand our population and fertile women seemed most attractive. Some of it comes down to biology. Some of it comes from stories. Some from revolutionary ideas. But what it always comes down to is that everyone is pressured to be “beautiful” by someone else’s standards, and no one — even before digital media — has ever been satisfied with their natural beauty.