Growing up and having an older sister who loved reading magazines, I eventually got into reading them too. I began noticing that women on magazine covers were usually thin, considered to be beautiful, and people usually idolized them or wanted to look like them. If you go down any drugstore magazine aisle the women on these covers all look similar in these ways. I also began to notice that not every woman looks like the woman on the cover, so I started to wonder why so many women want to look like someone like Amber Heard on the cover above? Why is this what’s considered beautiful? And who determined that this is what beauty looked like?
That’s when I began to realize that the media considering these types of women to be the beautiful ones, that it was nothing more than a social construct. We are seeing that this is what is considered to be beautiful, because there’s rarely a magazine cover today that features a woman with another body type. Body image overall in the media is widely negative and makes a lot of women believe that they have to look a certain way.