Beauty and the Media

We will be conducting interviews with hunter students during the day in between classes. We will be showing hunter students both males and females the same images from magazines and short commercial clips and asking them questions about how they feel about the images. We will be video taping our interviews, handing out surveys, and calling companies like Dove and Calvin Klein to ask questions such as why they choose the images they do for you their campaigns. We will be using the information we receive to inform other students at Hunter College about how the media portrays both men and women and how their peers feel about it. We were thinking of presenting our campaign through a short video clip or news report. Our goal is to inform students about the dark side of the media and help them understand you do not need to look like the model you see in magazines or on television. There is no such thing as perfect, the models themselves do not even look like that.

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8 comments
  1. thkoo said:

    In addition to finding out how Hunter College Students feel about the images they see in the media and why certain magazine use those images, I think it would be cool to have spread the message of your campaign in the form of a magazine. It could be like the “unofficial story” regarding physical appearance that opposes the “official story” that is portrayed by mainstream magazines. Maybe you can have pictures that emphasize the beauty of ordinary people (Hunter College Students?) along with the facts, interviews, and materials you researched. Then, you can circulate them throughout campus either by hand or by laying them around. You may even be able to place them beside the Hunter Envoy stands around campus.

  2. gbelpat said:

    As just a suggestion, a good question that you can use in your interview is “What makes you beautiful?”. To show true beauty is not only defined by appearance, to sort of counter the message that most media outlets give.

  3. linkez7 said:

    Another interesting aspect of your campaign could be how men and women view the same images through different lenses. Lets say you show a picture of a stick skinny model to females and majority think its beautiful. Then males look at it and think its disgusting. You may be able to prove that men and women have a different perception of what is beautiful and this could help both genders gain confidence about their body image.

  4. sariades said:

    I agree with linkez7 in that you should get the perspective of a man and women on a certain image and compare them. Women tend to think skinny is beautiful and strive to be that while men really like curvaceous women. This may bring important news flashes to women and both men which will help them gain confidence and truly make the understand what really is beautiful.

  5. I really love this topic because it truly is something most of us take into account. The interview idea is great because it is always nice to hear others opinion. I think it is also a good idea if you asked the people you are interviewing what beauty means to them and post them on youtube to show that everyone has their own perception of beauty and what media believes is “beauty” shouldn’t be the only acceptable one- who gave them the right to decide?

  6. I really like this idea, and like that you are involving both men and women, as beauty standards affect them both. I think it could be an interesting idea to get the different perspectives on it, not just on the same images. Women may think the female models look desirable, while men may find athletes desirable, rather than male models. Also, I think another good focus would be on fashion, as that is very much driven by media. Why people buy the certain jeans or shoes they buy, it all fills a certain “duty” of beauty that we all seem to have to follow.

  7. nsaudi said:

    I really like this idea, and like that you are involving both men and women, as beauty standards affect them both. I think it could be an interesting idea to get the different perspectives on it, not just on the same images. Women may think the female models look desirable, while men may find athletes desirable, rather than male models. Also, I think another good focus would be on fashion, as that is very much driven by media. Why people buy the certain jeans or shoes they buy, it all fills a certain “duty” of beauty that we all seem to have to follow.

    • I think this campaign is a really interesting one. Showing the same picture to both sexes will really show how different or alike men and women are when it comes to their perceptions of beauty. I think the media forces people into thinking what beauty should be as to what beauty is. This campaign will really help to see how much the media has or hasn’t influenced society on beauty. Personally, I think models and celebrities are false interpretations of beauty. Behind all that make up are simple women just like ones you’d find walking down the street. The media really tries to convince society to see beauty through one perspective; theirs. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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