REDO-PAPER2 - Hannah Miller Enc1101- Fatima Rashid December...

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Hannah Miller Enc1101- Fatima Rashid December 8, 2009 One Way World As you open the cover of SEVENTEEN magazine what is it that you expect to see? If you’re looking for hard journalistic articles and memos on the war in Iraq you are certainly in the wrong place. The pages of this magazine are filled with the ways in which a woman is able to enhance her look and seemingly live a better life. This magazine is targeted towards young teens and is promoting a very distinct image of what being beautiful actually is. An adolescent girl is at the point of her life where she is seemingly confused to say the least. It’s the point in time where she is not so familiar with the large bumps growing off her chest along with the new urge to shave her legs. Adolescence is a period of time where a person is discovering where they want to end up in there life. Some young girls will start dreaming of becoming Victoria Secret models walking down the runway, while others will strive to help others and become successful teachers. Regardless of who a young girl wants to be, those and what surround them influence them all. When I was growing up I remember seeing my friends putting on their first tube of Lip Smackers vanilla lip-gloss. Initially reluctant at first, I eventually followed suit. I had recently seen an advertisement of Brittany Spears, my favorite singer at the time, promoting it in Cosmo Girl magazine. She was my idol at the time and the lip-gloss appealing to her was enough convincing for me. I was so influenced to purchase the lip-gloss because I thought she looked
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amazing in it; and if she thought it was pretty then it was pretty. Due to my young age I was following what my idol had done because she was the person I considered to be perfect in terms of all aspects of her life. Her millionaire lifestyle, successful singing career, and popularity across the nation gave me something to believe in. Brittany Spears was the “IT” girl at the time and her appearance in the advertisement had led me to believe that by using the product I could enhance my looks and replicate her attractiveness. I believed that that one tube of lip-gloss would magically lift me out of my awkward phase and transform me into a beautiful goddess was not aware of the fact that Brittany was not the face of beauty and the world was filled with people who all had a different view of what it actually was. She was the face of “beauty” in my eyes but when I opened them I realized that that was not what the world was seeing. In today’s world there are freckle faced, pale, and red hair people around every corner turned. Every culture can be found having very distinct views, customs, and styles. Every culture, every person, and every eye sees beauty as something completely different. In the Jewish culture beauty is considered to be a person who presents them self in a natural form. A woman would be looked down upon if she presented herself with a heavy amount of face powder, bright
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