<![CDATA[BeYOUtifully Flawed - Blog]]>Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:15:43 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[How Much Power Does the Media Actually Have?]]>Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:25:27 GMThttp://chelsthomp.weebly.com/blog/a-letter-to-the-media Dear Mainstream Media and Anyone Who Supports The Standardization of Beauty,

You may not notice the negative influence that you have on young girls through your various mediums that promote this unrealistic “ideal” look. Many young girls may not realize that most of the images that they see of models or their favorite celebrities are actually retouched or photo-shopped to mimic what you believe is “perfect”. Therefore,Therefore, according to Newport Academy’s Teen Anorexia Statistics, ​ many young girls feel the need to change themselves to achieve the unattainable look that they constantly see put before them. Maybe you didn’t realize how much of an influence you actually have on young girls. These girls go through extreme measures to look like something that is not only unrealistic but also extremely unhealthy, which leads to many other health risks. So just in case you didn’t know, I want to prove it to you.
There have been experiments that show a correlation between media and body dissatisfaction and eating disorders among young girls. On average teen girls are exposed to some form of media for an hour and a half on a daily basis. According to obesity and overweight statistics only 16% of young people aged 6-19 are actually overweight but yet , looking at the Newport Academy Teen Statistics, a striking 89% of teenage girls wanted to lose weight and are unhappy with their bodies.
I don’t know about you but to me these numbers are very disproportionate. Everyday these girls are faced with commercials, magazines, and videos that tell them what beauty looks like. It’s everywhere, therefore, girls cannot escape this false reality of what beauty should look like. This is why around 15 percent of teenage girls have some type of eating disorder according to the Teen Anorexia Statistics from Newport Academy .

​ Girls who suffer from anorexia have a constant fear of being “too fat” and girls who suffer from bulimia fear gaining weight even though they are perfectly normal. It is mainly because of you that young girls’ perception of their body image has become completely tainted.

But that’s just part of the problem. What do you think happens when these young women realize that they are not able to look like what you portray as “beautiful”? Many girls fall into some form of depression upon their realization that they will never be able to look like what they see on television, magazines, internet, etc. JustSayYes.org, a motivational and encouraging website for youth states that 70% of females feel depressed because they are insecure after seeing images of fashion models.

Depression affects you emotionally and physically. According to WebMD, a public medical website, some symptoms of depression include: fatigue, loss of appetite, feelings of worthlessness, pessimism, and worst of all, suicide thoughts or attempts. This is a very serious condition.

​Young girls should not have to suffer from serious conditions like this. Young girls should be having fun and feeling comfortable in their own skin. However, in a society that tells them that you have to look a certain way, how can young girls have a completely positive outlook on themselves?

​The worst part about this situation is that if depression is not treated it can be fatal. In many cases people who are depressed are more susceptible to suicide.  In fact WebMD reveals that 
90% of people who committed suicide were actually diagnosed with depression.

No matter what, every girl wants to feel beautiful whether they are 4 years old or 40 years old. We want to feel as though we can be comfortable with who we are and the way we look. What is so wrong with that? Don’t you think we have the right to feel good about ourselves?

Instead of creating retouched and photo-shopped pictures, why don’t you promote self-love and self-confidence? You don’t have to alter the look of someone to make them look “perfect” because we are your audience and we are not “perfect”.  I feel as though if you want to be more
relatable to your audience you should advertise something that is more realistic.

Look at how negatively you have affected young girls already. Your powerful but negative influence has resulted in a domino effect that begins with insecurity and in severe cases may end with suicide. I don’t understand why you feel the need to standardize the way someone should look. So what if someone has pale skin or dark skin? So what if someone is short or tall? So what if someone has long black hair or short blonde hair? We all are different and this is what gives us individuality. It is nothing like feeling free of care and being able to express yourself as you are.

I am very passionate about this subject because not only have I seen some of my closest friends influenced by your false advertisement but I also have a four year old niece. My niece is now of age where she has taken interest in beautifying herself. It is absolutely adorable when she wants dresses up in her princess dress with the matching shoes and tiara and a pair of clip on earrings. She even wants to wear makeup because she sees her mother wearing it.

But what happens when she gets older and she has other sources of influence besides her mother? What happens when she begins to take notice of the photo-shopped pictures in magazines and realize that she doesn’t look like the woman in the picture? This is something that I absolutely dread thinking about. I hate thinking about how she could be affected by your deceptive images of beauty as she grows older. This is why my family and I work hard to shield her from your negative influence. Even though she is still very young it is critical that being comfortable in her own skin is stressed to her.

I don’t want to see an entire generation of young girls become victims of self-loathing because this issue wasn’t addressed. You have the greatest influence on young girls through television, internet, magazines, etc., therefore, you have the power to encourage and motivate young girls to love themselves. I suggest that instead of putting stipulations on the beauty of someone’s outward appearance include more realistic photos of women. You don’t have to alter the looks of models to make them “beautiful” they will be beautiful just as they are. Remember that beauty is not just about glamorizing ourselves it is about knowing who we are and being completely comfortable in our own skin. Think about how positively you can change the lives of many young girls just by taking my advice to promote more realistic photos of women and by supporting the idea of self-love and self-acceptance.

Thank you,
<![CDATA[A Celebrity's View on Self-Love]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:55:08 GMThttp://chelsthomp.weebly.com/blog/a-celebritys-view-on-self-love
​Young singer and actress, Zendaya Coleman has been promoting self-love and self-acceptance for some time now. She recently posted a picture collage to her instagram page in hope of not only reaching her fans but anyone who may need to hear what she has to say about the sensitive subject. She posted the picture with the caption “Just in case someone needed to hear it”.The collage has managed to be a trending topic online. However, it is not just the picture that is getting all the attention it’s the quote that she attaches to the collage. Her quote states “Nobody is ugly...that doesn’t exist. I say, take the time to get to know who you are. Take the time to love yourself and everything will be alright.”

Take a look at her picture below.

In Zendaya’s picture collage she doesn’t try to outscore her opponent (19).Instead she uses a more efficient technique by simply trying to get her way through the use of concession (20). Jay Heinrichs, author of Thank You For Arguing explains that concession is "conceding your opponent's point in order to win what you want". Zendaya exemplifies this tool as she starts off with a picture of her frowning with the phrase stating “Nobody’s ugly...that doesn’t exist.” She makes the possible argument of anyone thinking that they are unattractive sound absolutely ridiculous. With this part of the quote alone she reels in her audience and they will now be more open to what else she has to say. 
Ethos plays a huge role in this encouraging collage of Zendaya’s. Heinrichs states that ethos "employs the persuader's personality, reputation, and ability to look trustworthy" (40). Being that Zendaya is a young celebrity this gives her more credibility and makes her more trustworthy among her audience. Most problems with body image exist with young women. Zendaya more than likely experienced trouble loving herself at some point in her life in order for her to even first address this subject.

This picture also has the ability to generate an array of emotion through its major use of pathos. Pathos can be described as "the sibling the others disrespect but the one who gets away with everything" according to Heinrichs (40). In the beginning you see Zendaya frowning with the words “Nobody is ugly...that doesn’t exist.” Of course this will allow the audience to have a sense of hope. In the end she is smiling and saying “Everything will be alright.” She strives to encourage and motivate her audience by eliciting positive emotions from her audience. She wants her audience to feel like they are beautiful. What better way to persuade your audience than with pathos?

In any argument you want to offer your audience a choice while making it clear that your argument is obviously the best choice. It is important to remember that "productive argument uses choice as the central issue" (37). With this picture collage, Zendaya gives her audience a choice. She states that “everything will be alright” but only if you take the time to love yourself. She is able to make her audience believe that they must love themselves in order for “everything to be alright.” Zendaya offers her audience a candid solution- if the audience wants “everything to be alright” they will choose to take the time and love themselves. Zendaya She makes it seem so simple right? 

Ultimately, I believe that this quote and picture collage can be extremely effective especially with the young crowd. This may just seem like a simple picture but Zendaya strategically uses her wit to encourage her audience. In my opinion we need to hear more celebrities addressing this topic. As young women we often look up to our favorite celebrities for influence and sometimes we aren't always influenced in the right way. In today's society we have so many photo shopped and modified pictures of celebrities that we began to feel that we have to look that way. This is the reason why it is so critical that as young women we see more promotion of self-love and self-acceptance through our most celebrated celebrities. So what do you say? Are you tired of seeing unrealistic photos of celebrities? Don't you think its time we see more women beginning to feel comfortable in their own skin including celebrities? 
<![CDATA[Haven't You Heard? Every Woman is #MACnificent!]]>Sat, 26 Sep 2015 01:00:29 GMThttp://chelsthomp.weebly.com/blog/havent-you-heard-every-woman-is-macnificent
Many companies have begun to embrace a more realistic image for their models of their product. Instead of fooling their audience with an "unrealistic" image of a photo-shopped model, popular makeup company, MAC, decided to go with someone a little more convincing. ​ MAC has just launched their new campaign, #MACnificent Me, featuring women who either have always been left out or never felt comfortable in their own skin. The entire message of the campaign is to show that it is okay to be completely honest about who you are.

Luzmaria Vargas is just an average woman who opted to enter the MACnificent Me contest and was one of the six women chosen to model MAC’s makeup for this fall season.She states that "Beautiful in and out, because it's not about the size or color, it's the inside that counts."She tells her touching story about how she was always left out and never felt beautiful because she is plus-sized.​It wasn’t until she realized that she had to accept herself for who she was and be completely honest about it. 

"With every kink and curl, I'm always gonna be the same girl." These words were spoken by the model, Vanessa Tyese Stewart. Throughout her life she felt uncomfortable seeing others with straight hair and relaxers knowing that her hair was naturally curly. However, she discovered that having straight hair was not for her and she decided to embrace her ​individuality through her natural hair. 
In Thank You for Arguing, Jay Heinrichs, pronounces that by identifying with your audience you have the key to successful persuasion. In this #MACnificent Me campaign we see women from all walks of life discussing how they learned to accept themselves with the audience.Through ethos, MAC manages to appear trustworthy to the audience by using women that we see in our everyday lives. This appeals to consumers of the product because most likely the women buying the product has suffered in some way from their insecurities as well.Not only is this campaign encouraging women to join through ethos but it also filled with pathos as well. MAC definitely knows how to read their audiences emotion. Makeup is a product used mostly by women therefore MAC uses these ordinary women to tell their extraordinary stories of how they express their individuality. These are just a couple of the women who have managed to make their mark through their remarkable stories. ​
Take a look at the story of these other women: Selena Pellegrini and Tresor Prijs. It is nothing more wonderful than seeing these women comfortable with their own unique beauty. 

<![CDATA[BeYOUtifully Flawed]]>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:03:51 GMThttp://chelsthomp.weebly.com/blog/beyoutifully-flawedPicture
The issue of body image and self acceptance among so many women has been a struggle for over decades. Often times women are brainwashed by media and today’s society into looking a certain way. It is a struggle for women everyday because we are constantly being told how we are suppose to look. Many women fall into depression because they feel that they are unattractive and then they are also many women who result in getting plastic surgery to achieve the “perfect look”. However, we must ask ourselves- is that really unnecessary? Must we walk around with low self-esteem? Must we alter ourselves to mimic the looks of another?

Many women around the world have started to get the bigger picture: We ALL have flaws. Despite what the media may portray as beauty, we should all embrace our own flaws because it is what makes us unique.Think about it this way. If we were all to transform ourselves to look one way then there wouldn’t be anything unique about anyone. We should be able to freely express our individuality through not only our personality but also our appearance. One brave woman from Idaho decided to take this matter into her own hands by stripping down to her underclothes in the street to demonstrate and act of self-acceptance.
Another young woman, who managed to get over 15 million views on her Youtube video titled “You Look Disgusting”, has addressed the problem she has had with people telling her they way she should look.
Idaho woman decides to strip down to her underclothing in the public to show self-love.
Idaho woman embraces her flaws.
Click here for full video.

This is not just a problem for average women; believe it or not the same problem exists for some of our favorite celebrities. Not only have average women began to take a self-love journey, but many celebrities have also decided to join the bandwagon. You may know Tyra Banks from her modeling career and later the popular TV show, America’s Next Top Model. She has been openly talking about her struggles with weight and her other insecurities. In an interview she once told People magazine, “[...]Health is important, and we need to get our shapes in shape – not looking like somebody else." There is also pop singer, Demi Lovato, who openly discusses her eating disorder which stemmed from her feelings of low self-esteem. Tyra Banks and Demi Lovato are just a few of the many celebrities who have blazoned their internal struggles with low self-esteem as a woman. Here are 16 other female celebrities who have struggled with self-criticism but have also managed to embrace their flaws.

It’s amazing how so many women have been victims of self-criticism or self-loathing of some sort. We must understand and embrace that everyone is different. Whether you are a multimillionaire celebrity or just a girl from a small town, we have all been personally affected. For this reason, I encourage ALL women to begin the self-love journey. The journey where we begin to look at ourselves positively. The journey where we begin to love who we are. The journey where we begin to feel comfortable in our skin. Throughout this journey we must learn to be ourselves and embrace our flaws because, indeed, you are BeYOUtifully Flawed.

<![CDATA[Are You College Material?]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:05:23 GMThttp://chelsthomp.weebly.com/blog/are-you-college-materialPicture
In “Message to My Freshman Students”, Professor Keith M. Parsons essentially argues that majority of college freshman are unprepared for the major transition from high school to college. He attacks the the entire high school curriculum by saying it is merely a “test preparation service”. High school teachers seem to place extreme value on preparing students for taking standardized tests than they do on preparing students for taking responsibility for learning. Parsons reminds us that college professors are only here to provide students with the information they need. It is completely up to the students on whether or not they choose to receive that information because professors get paid whether students get an F or an A. 

I agree with Parsons that high school teachers may put students at a disadvantage when they do not allow students to take full responsibility for their own learning experience. It’s a completely different world in college than it is in high school. Many high school teachers push students to maximize their effort in school is because they depend on the academic growth of their students, therefore, teachers are a lot more meticulous about their teaching strategies. However, some of the high school teaching strategies completely differ from the strategies of professors. For example, high school teachers give you study guides and tell you exactly what to study for the upcoming test. Professors, on the the other hand, expect students to read over their notes and prepare themselves for the test. High schools spend entirely too much time on preparing students for tests that they forget to teach students proper studying or note-taking techniques required for college. Professors expect you to be fully acclimated for the rigor of the course and will not spend time waiting for you to catch up.

Though, in college, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to make sure they are learning the course material, it should also be in the interest of professors to help students along the way. Students can only do so much on their part. Without the cooperation of their professor, students academic success may become limited. I believe that as long as a student is putting their best foot forth the professor should work with them to help the student achieve their goal. However, according to Parsons, professors get paid whether a student gets an F or an A. If that is the case, in my opinion, I feel that is pointless to teach if you are unwilling to meet students halfway. Moreover, students should do everything in their power to get the most out of their learning experience and professors should desire to assist students who are putting in effort. 

So what do you think? Are college freshman unprepared? Should professors put more effort into helping students? Are you college material?