The format

Regarding the topic of my work I think that the best would be to do it as a magazine format with text and pictures. I think that that is the best way of talking about this topic because by looking at the images you can see the differences on the women’s body of each country.

I would say that this article would be published in magazines that talk about fashion, culture, different countries and destinations or health and body.

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Topic of the production work

For the first assessments of the Media, Identities & Representations course I decided that I’m going to talk about how the idea of beauty and the beauty canons change in the different countries due to their culture, thoughts and taste.

With the topic that I have chosen I’m going to cover 2 of the main topics that we are looking at in class: gender and nationality.

There are a lot of different nationalities in the world, and because of that there are different types of people. Each of them have their own physical appearance, tastes, virtues and defects and that is what make them unique and special from the rest.

I’m mainly going to focus in females because I think that they are the ones that have more complexes and insecurities with their body because of the beauty standards that the society nowadays imposes.

When we first think about the perfect women’s body we automatically think on adjectives such as: thin, flat belly, long legs, big breast, big butt…If women don’t achieve all those aspects they can feel depressed and not accepted in the society. They feel ugly.

All those thoughts about the perfect women are not true since, as we are going to see with this work, there are different thoughts about what is consider pretty or perfect in the different countries.

It’s wrong to establish a beauty canon because every culture has their own likes and dislikes.

Defining Identities and Representations

The term identity doesn’t have an specific definition because it covers a lot of different human aspects such as: age, religion, gender, class, nationality, race… and those aspects are influenced by many factors: genetic, geographical, social, cultural…

The identity of a person is composed by a mix of different aspects. The characteristics of a person don’t operate separately, they influence each other and the union of some of them create the identity of a person.

Representations tell us a lot about a culture. When we see or hear a representation of a person or group of people we have to open our mind and not just see and care about the person that is being represented, we have to also think about all the people behind that person that also share the same ideas and thoughts. When we think about representation we can think about their quantitative aspects (the amount of people represented) or their qualitative aspects (negative, positive…).