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Words by Rebecca McKee

Everyone wants to know what “beauty” is and, the definition of beauty is constantly being redefined. Women who have problems with their own self-image use make - up as a mask to hide their insecurities which come from seeing unrealistic images in the media. Will women ever be comfortable with the idea of natural beauty and Everyone has a different opinion on what is beautiful and even more so, what is naturally beautiful. However, this perception of beauty has changed drastically throughout the years as we have been introduced to multitudes of digitally enhanced and distorted ideas of what true beauty is and how it should be perceived. The media believe that images of women can be “perfected” with the help of technology such as Photoshop and digital manipulation. You come across so many different articles telling you how to change yourself to become a more artificial version of you, but do we really understand how serious this issue is? How much energy and time will these magazines have to put into physically photo shopping these women out of reality? However, it isn’t just fashion magazines that feature enhanced images. It is everywhere! Advertisements of beauty products, makeover programmes, music and billboards are constantly sending the message that beauty comes from time, effort and money and that we should question what we see when we look in the mirror.

impressionable stage of their lives. This can be seen as damaging and can put dangerous thoughts into a person’s mind. According to a study by Northumbria University, “Women’s magazines have ten and one-half times more ads and articles promoting weight loss than men’s magazines do, and over three-quarters of the covers of women’s magazines include at least one message about how to change a woman’s bodily appearance-- usually by diet, exercise or cosmetic surgery.” Audrey Brashich, author of All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty says, “It’s not surprising that women want to be slender and beautiful, because as a society we know more about women who look good than we know about women who do good.” ”Dove Real Beauty Campaign,” “Confidence Coalition,” and “17 Body Peace Project” are several campaigns that are encouraging natural beauty, body peace, and high self-esteem. The messages from these campaigns need to be spread throughout society so young people can be taught the real meaning of beauty.

The media is considered the most influential teaching method in existence today. To maximize profits, the media industry knowingly directs messages of physical perfection to children and young adults during the most

Priya Chowdhry is a model from Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has been involved in numerous photo-shoots, including bridal wear for Mona Raza Mua and Blank.

Priya has strong views on the definition of beauty.

Do you think the concept of beauty is the same now as it was in the past?

What does beauty mean to you? Everyone has their own standards on beauty but I believe that it is a reflection on a persons self – confidence, respect for their family and concern for others. Its not about the outwardness of a person, it is also about the heart and what is inside.

Looking at the portraits of some of the most beautiful women in history and reading about how much they impressed men and how popular they were is kind of hard for me to understand. The definition of beauty has obviously changed drastically over the years and higher standards have been enforced by society since then.

How important do you think beauty is?

How do you feel about cosmetic surgery?

Whether we like it or not, how you look is a big part of how people judge you. However, I feel like beauty is something that should not be obsessed over as much as it is.

Some people say it boosts happiness and self – esteem but I personally wouldn’t go under the knife. If you only judge someone on personality, plastic surgery should not matter.

How does being photoshopped affect your self – esteem?

Do you think the media has had an influence on what is perceived to be beautiful?

They fix one thing, then another and pretty soon you end up looking like Barbie but that is what the industry is. The media want us to ooze perfection and they will photoshop us as much as they like until they get it. I’m used to it now, however, it did make me wonder, am I not pretty enough? Should I lose weight? It plays on your mind quite a lot.

Yes, definitely. We are surrounded by music, television, billboards and magazines that are constantly telling us what is and what is not beautiful and how we can improve ourselves. You can’t turn on the television or flip through a magazine without being overwhelmed by advertisements for weight loss pills and beauty products or women who are airbrushed on the cover of magazines to hide flaws. This creates and unrealistic and unhealthy image of beauty for young people who can develop a distorted self-image which could lead to eating disorders or depression. I think we need to educate the younger generation on what true beauty is and what is realistic.

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and pretty soon you end up looking like Barbie...” What do you perceive as attractive in a male/female? I know most women go for the ‘alpha male’ who is tall, dark and handsome with a chiselled jaw, fast cars and a six-pack but I feel that their qualities should be deeper than that. Attentiveness, intelligence and a sense of humour are just a few of the qualities I like in a man. I will completely obsess over a sincerely fun guy who flirts a little and shows me a good time. I believe you become attracted to them once you get to know their personality.

Do you think how much you know someone affects beauty? I mean if someone has an awful personality and they are not a very nice person they yea, they can be seen as ‘ugly’ but not in a looks sense. I believe a person’s personality plays a big part in their beauty.

Whether we like it or not, today’s society is being brainwashed into believing we should strive for perfection. Young women are constantly being compared to people like Cara Delevigne, Kate Moss and Miranda Kerr, who are beautiful women with incredible bodies and seemingly no visible flaws. This puts stress on young people to be the kind of beautiful that the media portrays. These women have personal trainers, stylists, make – up artists and strict diets, not to mention some very gracious genetic makeups but this beauty is not normal. So what do you think beauty is; what defines it? If you are not as pretty as a Victoria’s Secret model, are you not pretty enough?





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