While media has come a long way in its portrayal of body image, we are still far from fully embracing images that represent every ‘body.’ Teens and younger tweens are faced with images daily that impact the way they view their own bodies…and contribute to what they perceive as the ideal for beauty.
In the 90s, Kate Moss’ thin aesthetic gave way to the waif ideal. However, the grunge movement and the Riot Grrrl musicians in that same decade helped teens and younger women see other ideas of what it meant to be female.
Today’s teens, however, are faced with curated and contrived images of beauty. Thanks to Instagram filters and the wonders of photoshop, bodies can be tweaked, faces can be glossed over and a look can be flawlessly transformed. Reality, it seems, is virtually blurred. Continue Reading →