Why Is Beauty Standards A Thing
Boomers might not think you’re as beautiful as you thought.
Beauty in the Media has vastly changed, and although today’s beauty standards are thin, fit, perfect skin, a big butt, and pretty, not everyone would agree with that standard.
A Ghostly look was considered beauty
In Elizabethan England pale skin was a symbol of class and wealth, having red cheeks meant you worked outside but having pale skin symbolized you were a woman of leisure. Wealthy women would take this to an extreme applying loads of white lead-based makeup called ceruse to create a more pale look, an almost ghostly look.
Big Bushy Unibrows was a trend
Ancient Greeks loved unibrows, this might seem strange because most of us think unibrows make you look weird and you wouldn’t fit into today’s beauty standards if you had unibrows but unibrows were a big hit, some people would even go as far as to draw them on if it wasn’t naturally occurring, the famous art of Frida Kahlo impacted women to do so because it was a symbol of beauty and in Ancient Greece, men held a higher standard of beauty they thought that a more plump and fair-skinned woman meant she was wealthy and fed well because she had more access to food.
It has surprised me how the media really does affect what we think of ourselves. In today’s society, social media portrays women that are slim as being more beautiful and successful compared to overweight women. “seeing ads using thin models makes me feel more conscious of the way I look and makes me want to diet/lose weight.” almost half of the young women in the Pretty as a Picture poll by the UK think tank Credos agreed with that statement.
The standards of beauty are always shifting and although the beauty standards we have today were not always thought of as beautiful it’s always changing, you don’t have to change yourself to fit into today’s beauty standards or any beauty standard, you are beautiful and who knows what beauty standards are gonna be in the future.
Joseph, Cindy. “How Our Idea of Beauty Has Changed Throughout History.” BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, www.boombycindyjoseph.com/blogs/boom/how-our-idea-of-beauty-has-changed-throughout-history.
“Is Your Child’s Perception of Beauty Distorted by Media Influence?” Dove US, 9 Apr. 2021, www.dove.com/us/en/dove-self-esteem-project/help-for-parents/talking-about-appearance/perception-of-beauty.html.