I wanted to capture the idea of people seeing something different to what they see in the mirror. With many people going to extreme lengths to try to achieve this. And many people feeling so unhappy and depressed with themselves that they feel they have to do these things to fit in with society.

Therefore, i have taken some images of Lauren cutting at her skin to represent her feelings of wanting to rid herself of any body fat because that is what society tells us to think.

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I also took pictures of her using cling film as a way of sucking in the fat and hiding the lumps and bumps. There is also the theory that it can help you lose fat and because it makes you sweat more and lose fat in that area.

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However, these ideas are part of this Western culture that has got us to believe that we need to be slim and have a flat stomach.

“Mass media, including television, magazines, video games, cinema and the Internet, are a major part of the lives of milions of children, adolescents, and adults. These media are saturated with multiple, overlapping, and unhealthy images about ideal body sizes and shapes in relation to pleasure, morality, gender, attractiveness, self-control, food, weight management, and power. The ideal female constructed by mass media is young, tall, thin, and White, with at least moderately large breasts. ” (p.101-102)

Furthermore, there is a correlation between media exposure and body image.

“The amount of time adolescent girls spend viewing appearance-focused media… is positively and modestly correlated with internalization of the thin ideal, drive for thinness, and body dissatisfaction. For adolescents and young adults, involvement with magazines is more influential than the amount of television watched, and the strongest correlate is internalization of the slender beauty ideal” (p.103)

Cash, T.F. and Smolak, L. (2012). Body Image: A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention. 2nd ed. New York: Guilford Publications.

Therefore, the magazines which are filled with images and celebrities that have been photoshopped are the most influential in creating this idea of the slim body as the ideal and encouraging people to try many crazy ideas in a bid to recreate what they see in the magazines.



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