References

All the web pages and references that I have worked with are in Spanish because for me is easier to read and understand articles in Spanish than in English. After having all the information written in Spanish then I start translating all my information. It takes longer but for me is easier to write essays this way because I can tell the story the way I really want and I’m not restricted by vocabulary or expressions.

What I want to achieve

Whit this new topic I’m going to show how the beauty standards and the fashion have changed since ancient times to nowadays, and with this what I want to let the people know that to have curves and big bodies are also trendy and that they had been the desired aspects of the women’s body for a long time.

Nowadays the trend is to be skinny and have big breast and also a big butt, and a lot of women desire to achieve that and to fit the beauty canons of this generation. Even little girls through the internet, social media, magazines or TV can see how the references of the epoch are people like ‘The Kardashians’ that are considered to be fashion references by wearing  see through dresses to show their body and to be sexy, and of course the perfect body reference of this epoch for women around the world.

Everyone is perfect, special and beautiful the way they are!!

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Changing the topic

In class we have talked a little bit about this topic and we have seen some examples.

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When I have been looking for more information about this topic basically all I found was the same: a girl photoshopped.

Since I couldn’t find any other kind of information and that wasn’t enough for the type of work that I wanted to do I decided to change my topic.

I decided to do my magazine article about ‘how women’s beauty and fashion has changed over the years’. This new topic would cover the topics of gender and it is also a little bit related with class since normally the people from the ancient times to mid 20th century (more or less) that could have good and trendy clothe were the ones that belonged to the upper class and had money.

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.

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…).