September 25, 2014
Composition 1, Section 018
Unit Essay 1, First Draft
Dangerous Skinny Trend
Both journalist, Michele Ingrassia in her article, “The Body of The Beholder” and Guy Trebay in his article “The Vanishing Point” explore issues of body image. Ingrassia for female, Trebay for male, but they both have similar points of view. Somehow they both tell about how the skinny fashion trend affects the people, especially the young girls and the people who are trying to be model. They are usually obsessed about being skinny and they believe that this is the way supposed to be for beauty. Obsession about their body make them either unhappy or sickly skinny.
Ingrassia in her essay explore the reports that how African-American girls and ...view middle of the document...
After that all the other things support their thoughts about beauty. Models are perfect beauty images for most of the people. Almost everyone wants to look like them because they are shown to the people as perfection of beauty. It was until the skinny fashion trend comes up from European designers. They started with the female sickly skinny models then they bounced to the male models too. Trebay talk about skinny male models in his article. “Within a couple of seasons, the sleekness of Dior Homme suits made everyone else’s designs look boxy and passe, and so designers everywhere started reducing their silhouettes. Then a funny thing happened. The models also downsized. Where the masculine ideal of as recently as 2000 was a buff 6- footer with six-pack abs, the man of the moment is an urchin, a wraith or an underfed runt.”(178)
Unfortunately, latest trends teaching to the young people very dangerous ideas about beauty. The body images shown in media affect white and black girl different, because mostly gaunt models are white people. So black girls not obsessed about their body as white girls. “What is beauty? White teens defined perfection as 5 feet 7 and 100 to 110 pounds- superwaif Kate Moss’s vital stats. African-American girls described the perfect size in more attainable terms-full hips, thick thighs, the sort of proportions about which Hammer (“Pumps and a Bump”) and Sir Mix-A lot (Baby Got Back”) rap poetic. But they said that true beauty- “looking good” – is about more than size. Almost two thirds of the black teens defined beauty as “the right attitude.”
Latest skinny fashion trend shows that, there are people who want to create man from woman, and woman from man. “Mr. Tkach said that when he came here from Mexico, where he had been working, “My agency asked me to lose some muscle. I lost a little bit to help them, because I understand the designers are not looking for a male image anymore. They’re looking for some kind of androgyne” (181).