My YouTube channel video 3 research : unit 10 beauty standards

Research ;

Feminism definition ;

the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

Beauty standards definition ;

The feminine beauty ideal is “the socially constructed notion that physical attractiveness is one of women’s most important assets, and something all women should strive to achieve and maintain”. Feminine beauty ideals are rooted in heteronormative beliefs, and heavily influence women of all sexual orientations.

Tess Holiday ; 

On August 2018 Tess Holiday graces the cover of Cosmopolitan girl causing both admiration and outrage. She posed on the cover wearing a green swimsuit to promote plus size beauty. Tess Holiday mentioned how important the cover was to her and will be to other people , and that if she saw something like this when she was younger it would have changed her life but how so ? She is knows for being very upfront when spreading her messages of body positivity but is starting to add a new topic to the subject mental health, In today’s very beauty obsessed society its easy to see how women who do not reach those standards can start to think less of themselves. Many people are often bullied for weight or looks, whether they have a are seemingly unattractive or have a certain facial deformity or mark which makes them stand out or other people do not like. A survey found that only 1 in 5 (39%) of young people felt confident about their appearance. Where as 1 in 10 felt depressed about their looks. More than half of young woman are bullied at school because of their appearance. Girls in England and Waled aged between 15 to 22, 56% were abused verbally, physically or online because of their weight, height or hair colour. In all societies one way or another there is an obsession with looks and some societies judge more harshly then others.

Plastic surgery ; 

The top 5 cosmetic procedures are…

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Tummy tuck

Korean plastic surgery ; 

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  • South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgeries per capita in the world.
  • The most popular surgeries are skin whitening, nose jobs, and double-eyelid surgery, which many critics have taken to mean that Koreans are trying to look more Caucasian or white.
  • Alfred “Haeppy” Leung, a Seoul-based YouTuber, explained that the beauty ideals that Koreans are trying to achieve with plastic surgery are based on long-standing Korean beauty standards and have little to do with Western beauty standards.

In Korea the obsession with looks is so intense that many parents would gift their children with surgery (nose job or eyelid surgery) instead of a car or money, which is most common in Western countries. I think this is very problematic because, I sets a child up for low self esteem when they think their parents do not think they are good enough.

New Insatiable show ;

A bullied teenager turns to beauty pageants as a way to exact her revenge, with the help of a disgraced coach who soon realises he’s in over his head.

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The new show Insatiable caused a lot of outrage when it first came out, the plot consisted over an overweight girl drastically losing weight and suddenly turning from an ugly duckling to a swan. Many people who are apart of the body positivity movement were unhappy because they thought the show was going to be about fat shaming. I watched the show myself two times and I slightly expected that however got the complete opposite, although the story was very wacky and had some unrealistic moments their were some good messages presented throughout, like the importance of confidence, acceptance and friendship etc. Many people would not admit this but this is the ultimate fantasy for most people to suddenly change and become the person they want and get revenge of the people who hurt them. People were very quickly to judge the show just because of the plot however the show itself presents the reality for a lot of people. Many people are bullied for the weight and it causes them a lot of self esteem and confidence problems. Many people did not like how the overweight girl was presented as unattractive, but in reality to the majority of people they are not.

Body positivity movement ;

The body positivity movement was a movement first created for women/people with disabilities, deformities, trans etc However in the 21st century it began to slowly get hijacked by plus size women. The body positivity movement is a social movement rooted in the belief that all people/humans should have a positive body image, and should accept their own body as well as others. I believe in that interpretation and by definition plus size women should be apart of it however I believe that The body positivity movement should be solely for people will bodies that are beyond their control, and they were born with rather then something they caused themselves.When I type of body positivity on Google the first thing I see on images is this …

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There are some other pictures of women of colour and different body types however their is an overwhelming amount of pictures of plus size women. I do not think this is good because it overshadows the people who actually need it most, the people who cant change the way there bodies look. I think its almost disrespectful that many plus size women feel the need to make their fat movement apart of the body positivity, its almost as if they are saying someone for example missing a limb is comparable to their struggle and problem with their weight.

Acne acceptance movement ; 

Overview ; 

Overall I learnt that where ever you are in the world beauty is a very important part of the culture and all cultures have different interpretations of what they think is beautiful, this research is going to be useful because when I am having a discussion on the collab YouTube video, I can use this knowledge and the facts and statistics I have learnt to add more substance to the video. Furthermore I can learn more and improve my overall knowledge I can use this for my essays and final major project.


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