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In media women is seen as the glamorous sex kitten, the sainted mother, the devious witch, the hard-faced corporate and political climber.

Media is very useful these days as we are living in an advance society. But somehow this media is also very dangerous to some people as it is showing the negative image of women. Models shown by media are pretty much fake pictures and it can have a powerful and dangerous effect on women. Popular magazines aimed at male and female audiences are a prominent culprit, tending to feature women with bodies that are unattainable for the average woman, and to focus on stories related to either catching or

pleasing a man as a route to success and happiness. In the perspective of media, the idealised women are shown as skinny and tall which is impossible for average women to be.

Only a very small percentage of women in Western countries meet the criteria the media uses to define "beautiful". Research has repeatedly

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shown that constant exposure to thin models fosters body image concerns and disordered eating in many females. As said by a woman. “I believe that every woman is utterly and completely beautiful. That said, when I find myself faced with produced images of beauty in magazines or billboards, I still can’t help but wish I looked like them.”

Is forever young, thin and beautiful Barbie doll a simple child’s toy or a supernatural cultural tyrant? A Barbie doll is a plastic toy for girls. It is a figure of a woman who is young, thin and the most beautiful lady of this world. When this toy was first made, it was only made for the young girls to play, but nowadays this toy is not just a toy anymore. In many countries it has become a symbol of an ideal woman and consumer capitalism. In United States the Barbie dolls sales are increased by 12 per cent on last quarter. It has a great psychological effect on girls especially those who are becoming women. Barbie has negative influence on young girls and makes them self-conscious about their physical appearance because of Barbie’s unrealistic body features. A psychology experiment was done in the U.K. in 2006 by psychology professors Helga Dittmer from the

University of Sussex, which shows that Barbie is a role model for girls. Barbie is to blame for women developing body dimorphic disorder. Instead of making an unreal thing your role model, girls should make real and successful women such as Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai is a girl who exposes the world how much important education and won a Nobel Prize. The girls should make her their role model. Models are edited beyond recognition. Let’s explore the beauty myths. A model with 62 Kg and 30 years old can b photo shopped and made as 18 years old with a wait of 50Kg. Women are

constantly being made to think that they have to be perfect and thin. The magazines models are pretty much fiction and media people can

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now change the pictures up to so much extent. The models and stars whose pictures are edited can’t even believe that those pictures on the magazines are there’s. Women starve themselves to be like a magazine model which is impossible. We have to think that our body is good and we should be healthy. Every girl is beautiful in her own way.

models. We all should know that with advance technology, people can now change the pictures. A girl said “While making love with my partner I worried that he would see a hair here, or a flabby spot there, and be turned off. I noticed that he was never self-conscious about a skin blemish or when he gained a few pounds. So I started copying him and I love my body now.”

Be yourself.

The girls and women should know that they are good and beautiful the way they are. The mass media just alter the photos of actress and models which are impossible for average women to get. Barbie doll is not a real girl it’s just a fantasy alien, which if was in real life she would be so ill and underweight girl, who wouldn’t survive even 2 days. Women should make goal achievers and the real women their role By Faiza Ijaz

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