Section One Why isn’t it possible for a society to view groups of people without labeling them with harmful stereotypes? Stereotypes, commonly unavoidable, members of society continue to accept them. In accordance, all young women that become paid models suffer from eating disorders to stay thin. This stereotype deems harmful because eating disorders develop into a dangerous disease, and need treatment before death occurs. No career should risk one’s health or life. Claiming that all young women that become paid models suffer from eating disorders is a stereotype that society develops a common misconception of.
Paid models can be seen on the runways, on television, and even walking the streets. When designers dress these models in minimal clothing, their body structure becomes exposed for all to look at and Judge. As a young woman walks down the runway with her small frame and bone structures sticking out, viewers are often quick to form a conclusion that an eating disorder explains their body structure. Although a number of models appear extremely skinny, another part of the model population includes healthy women with normal body types.Viewers and the media ocus on the models that appear emaciated and malnourished, because the fashion industry becomes an easy target to blame. With the conflict of focusing on body image, aspiring models may take their actions to far and develop an eating disorder so that they can fit the image of a stick thin model. Physical appearance is a key aspect of being a model; so young women focus on it and take charge of their body to make it what they envision it as.
Body images become distorted as these young women criticize their looks, which will push them closer to developing an eating disorder.America raises young women while being surrounded by influences that persuade them to recognize the importance of their physical appearances. Sources of media exposed to women include television shows, movies, and magazines.
The media appeals to women’s senses and desires, and influences them to developing an idea of “the perfect body’, which in return, women strive to reach this perfection. Young women that feed into the media and decide to change their appearances by unhealthy means are deciding to go down a dangerous path.Just because a amous model on the television fits into a stick thin size 00, does not mean that she had to harm her body to look that way. The stereotype that eating disorders became the cause of model’s bodys gives young girls false hope that they need to develop these disorders to look the same. When discussing models in America today, Victoria’s Secret models formed into one of the most popular groups of young women models. It’s no secret that these women have thin and desirable bodies.
Former Victoria’s secret model Kyle Bisutti “reveals . he dark side of the modeling industry’ in her book “I’m No Angel (Adams, 013, Para. 1). Also included in the Huffington Post article by Rebecca Adams (2013), Bisutti talked about the “horrifying ..
. behaviors” of models, and how “she was expected to shed even more weight from her already-thin frame (Para. 3). Many models in the industry may experience other models harming their bodes, but may not take action because of the commitment to the company and their careers. Previously, in an Article by Neil Katz featured in CBS News (201 1), Victoria’s Secret model, Candice Swanepoel was criticized for being “super skinny’.Swanepoel assur[ed]” fans that “she is fine” and “healthy and happy’, showing that not all small body frames are the result of eating disorders (stupid celebs, 2011, Para. 3).
The fact that Swanepoel defeats the rumors that she’s suffering from an eating disorder shows that she is comfortable and strong with herself and her body. This input defeats the stereotype of young models. Victoria’s Secret and “the fashion industry … has come under fire for promoting impossibly thin models” previously, but there is no correlation that these model’s have eating disorders (Katz, 2011, Para. 5).Popular American show, America’s Next Top Model sheds light on the stereotype.
The show features young women aspiring to become famous models. During the shows third season, contestant Cassie Grisham showed that she suffered from the disease bulimia nervosa. A clip from the show can be viewed on YouTube, highlighting some of her lowest points with her battle.
Audiences that view the show can see the negative effects of the fashion industry on a young woman’s mind and body (Pozner, 2010). These examples from the media expose the truth about models and what happens behind the scenes in the fashion industry.In all of the examples, eating disorders happen to appear as the main focus, not the models successes themselves. These models, and all models in the industry need to recognize the potential harms associated with their careers. Section two In the piece “Case 29: Fashion Industry and Media Today: The Negative Impact on Society, author Ali Malik A1-Azzawi (2013) sheds light on the influences of the media on society. A1 Azzawi, an architecture student at the University of Detroit Mercy, proved points in his piece that related to the stereotype overall.He gives examples of ow society reacts to media, and what society begins to accept as the norm.
He includes that members of society today will continue to conform to actions that will yield the ideal body, even if harmful consequences are attached. This article is a perfect example of the stereotype because it gives input to the idea that not all models have eating disorders, and sheds information on disorders (n. p. ). Janet L. Treasure (2007) depicts the culture of the relationship between models and their audience, in the article “Models as a high-risk group: the health implications of a size zero culture” (p.
43-244). Treasure studies psychological medicine, and has a PhD from Kings College, located in London. She outlines the effects of the Fashion Industry and how it relates to eating disorders. This article is important because it focuses on the industries influence on eating disorders. These articles provide input that the stereotype deems harmful to young women, and that this common stereotype needs changing. Both articles include details and research that is helpful to provide readers with ideas on the topic.Both authors have similar points and views regarding eating disorders, which shows audiences that here’s a concrete problem associated with the stereotype.
Section three As the result of Judgment from outside audiences, it has become a stereotype that all young women that become paid models suffer from eating disorders. The formation of this stereotype deems harmful to the models because eating disorders are serious illnesses, and without proper treatment, can lead to death. If all of these models truly do suffer from eating disorders, then there’s a large amount of intervention that needs to take place.This stereotype, formed by “concern” that the “fashion industry … is creating a oxic’ environment in which eating disorders flourish” (Treasure, 2007, Para. 1), has taken form into a large crisis.
Models, typically tall, skinny, and pale, display common appearances of those with eating disorders. In her article, Treasure (2007) outlines the “consequences of being underweight,” to shed light on the effects on the model’s bodies if they are truly suffering from eating disorders (Para. 3).
The consequences and suffering cannot go unnoticed, because it’s a real problem that will not disappear anytime soon.A1-Azzawi (2013) includes harmful aspects of eating disorders in his piece, adding hat women suffering from eating disorders “are more likely to suffer from substance abuse and alcoholism” (Para. 2). This becomes prevalent when women get accustomed to forming unhealthy addictions and self-harm. He also focuses on what can be done to shift societies interest to obtaining “a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude,” (2013) which will lead to a better life overall (Para. 4). If models and young women and general can genuinely begin to accept and love their bodies for what they are, then society will make a huge step to recovery.
To reach ecovery, young women need to mend the dissatisfactions they have with their bodies, and decrease the stigma relating to the stereotype. Stereotypes that are created can be harmful to those that they pertain to. Not all young models today suffer from eating disorders, they come in all different sizes, but society only seems to focus on the ones that seem unhealthy.
The stereotype deems harmful because eating disorders become serious and can cause many problems. The media may be to blame for these disorders, not the physical make-up of the model themselves.