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My documentary starts with a montage of familiar images from my childhood and life: pictures of Barbie dolls, actresses, models, pop stars, all of them beautiful, thin, "perfect." In contrast to these images are interviews with real teenage girls. The difference is obvious: real women look nothing like the airbrushed, photoshopped, objectified women we encounter constantly in the media. At minute marker 10:15, a ninth grader named Angelina sobs because she has been bullied for being too thin; another teenager asks, "When is it going to be enough?" That's the question that keeps popping up in my mind as I watch this documentary. Why don't people feel like they're good enough? Why do we obsess over being perfect? Why are we constantly facing images of women who make us feel this way, especially if no one ACTUALLY looks that way? (That's why I included the video below, showing the "evolution" of a model: what she really looks like, and how her appearance is manipulated to appear "perfect").

The media shows us these women because the media is driven by dollar signs: ads are supposed to make us feel insecure about what we don't have so we'll spend money to try to get it. According to the film, the average woman spends $12,000-15,000 each YEAR on cosmetic products and procedures. That's how much a semester in college costs, but we spend it at Sephora because we feel like we're not good enough. I think this documentary will show me how the media manipulates our fears about not fitting in and behind left behind. I hope to research the Dove Real Beauty Workshop for Girls, to see the ways we can fight against this manipulation and empower girls to see their worth beyond their appearance.
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