James Brown 3/25/13 Mrs. Fennelly English 023 Life’s Image Vs. Reality In today’s world Image vs. Reality, is believed to be a huge social problem, which has affected the lives of many people. Celebrities have major affects on ordinary peoples’ lives because they try and imitate the lives of our celebrities with what they see on billboards, magazines, and television shows etc. In Daniel Harris essay “Celebrity Bodies” he explains the concept in beauty stating terms such as the “Hollywood aesthetic” and explaining what makes beauty seen in the eyes of others.
The reason people try to copy the so assumed “perfection” of are celebrities is to obtain their beauty that they portray among our eyes even though the images of them are mostly fixed. The image of perfection is by far is impossible to achieve, since social media fixes the images of our celebrities into perfect figures, giving them bodies that are naturally unhealthy to have. Instead of being who we were put on earth to be and accept our natural image, we change our bodies in order to try and achieve the impossible.
The impact of social media is by far the biggest influence on our lives to why we want to look and have the bodies of our favorite celebrities, top models, and athletes. We as average citizens would rather want to look and do the things celebrities are doing on a daily. The natural beauty that comes with us is overlooked to extreme limits, which pushes people to make some of the toughest decisions in our life. Reality sets in when we try things that famous celebrities do but hurt us eventually in a way that we cannot recover and causes emotional stress.
This can result in going bankrupt, being turned into something that is perceive as being fake, or even losing our life. The stress that comes with our pursuit to happiness is overwhelming bad because people take their time to copy famous people. The only important thing when it comes to media is the company behind the product is only in the business world to sell their product and encourage us to keep on buying their products. For example Harris explains, “ A vision of he female body dictated by male desire operatives of the closet, by manufacturers whose primary concern is showing off their goods to the best effect” (427). This statement is by far true and is because business only look to make a bigger profit rather than worry about their customers worries. Customers in a sense take to these ads although they are remodeled to make the person and the product seem far better than what it really is. Still we are attracted to these latest fashion because they are worn by are favorite American stars.
Some of the world’s best bodies are revealed in television ads, magazines, and on the Internet. The bodies that are shown have amazing sex appeals, which have changed the way people look at life. Since celebrities have some of the better bodies in our societies girls often look to imitate them in order to feel beautiful. For example Harris says, “We are always ill at ease with beautiful people who, through no special effort of their own, get better jobs, more friends, and sexier lovers”(429).
Sex appeal after all is important to a not to men but to women much more. Beauty is indeed something not to overlook because it is important to look your best when performing certain task and looking appealing to the other people. When faced with problems of weight, people consider many options that may help them, resulting in losing unneeded weight. Weight is not only a problem in feeling comfortable about your self but attracting a mate of the opposite sex. We are animals after all and are attracted to people who also show beauty.
Being oversized is a problem in the minds of men and even more of a problem in the mind of women. Women believe that in order to be superior to others and feel beautiful on the outside it is important to look there best whenever they go out. Having one of the best bodies on the earth is essential since woman compare themselves to other women of a higher sex appeal. Harris shows this example by saying; “we imitate the stars, attempting to acquire Hilary Swank’s lats, Jennifer Lopez’s glutes, and Beyonce’s quads”(427).
After all life is a competition amongst the people of different societies, since it is their duty to achieve a life suitable to support them and in other cases their families as well. Not A day goes by when beauty is overlooked and manufactures always find a way to sell their products even though they disrespect ideal image of natural beauty. As we the people continue are search for what beauty should really be, we will continue to look at are famous idols and take after what they do.
Although many people see beauty as an important thing we forget sometimes that are health is essential to our survival. Death may result if we do not treat are bodies fair enough and give it the nutrients it needs to go on and perform daily task. Death has happened to many celebrities because of the amount of stress their jobs have put on them in order to obtain a certain look for a either a photo shoot, acting job or commercial. Lives are loss because our desire for perfection is great and we will stop at nothing in order to look our best and even better looking than others.
As we strive perfection the battle between the perfect image and reality will continue to be an issue in our economy since people fail to see the true nature of big businesses. A person image is by far a huge factor in our day to day lives but people forget sometimes that we can not live up to the lives of Celebrities and that to be who are already are in life. The extreme standards that humans put their selves up to is definitely a problem that we should fix in order to feel comfortable with are current selves.
Reality is the bigger picture in life and living the life of a famous actor, athlete, or even a model can only damage your real life image. Daniel Harris does make a valid point in his essay when he coins the term “Hollywood Aesthetic” and throughout his essay makes more sense in his meaning of why people take to the beauty of Celebrities. I believe as humans should not take after what we see in these advertisements and should fight back against the cruelty of which these big companies display in order to sell their products.