Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

This short and powerful film was created for people to embrace who they truly are and refuse to alter themselves to meet today’s standards of beauty.

Throughout the semester we have discussed multiple issues surrounding the topic of body image perception. To begin, we examined the impact the media has on our self concept and viewed the Dove Evolution clip to highlight media’s use of photoshopping.

Christina Valero Next, we investigated the use of fat talk and how it negatively lowers our self-esteem and confidence. Lastly, we revealed that body image issues include males and the notion that the muscles make the man. So in a world that places beauty and physical appearance as a priority, how do we overcome this? How do we redefine what beauty really is?

To start, we must become aware of the media’s messages, question its intent, and become critical towards the media. After accomplishing this we will be able to widen the definition of beauty. By having a new insight into the messages received it will help create a new perspective and outlook that our value goes beyond just our physical appearance. That our mind, character, wisdom, is far more important than our size, shape, skin color, wardrobe, age, ethnicity, and waistline.

By standing together on this issue and refusing to change ourselves to fit today’s narrow definition of beauty we can put an end to the disheartening effects that media has on our body image perception.
We have a long journey ahead of us to overcome the issues surrounding body image but there is no greater time than now to get involved and put a stop to this issue once and for all. How can you redefine beauty?

    — Christina B. Valero is a senior completing her nursing degree. She has developed educational materials the focus on body image and self-esteem for the BU Women’s Resource Center.

Resources: To find additional materials on how to redefine beauty and join the fight to take back beauty, visit www.beautyredefined.net. References: RiversolSkinCare. (2011, November 8). The unmask manifesto [Video file].