True beauty is not found in fashion magazines.
At home that night I sat on the sofa and brought out all magazines I had. I tried to look for something I really wanted to see. An hour later I found nothing acceptable. What I discovered, however, was that the pictures in the magazines showed people who have thin bodies and colored hair, who are made up to look beautiful.
Most girls my age read these magazines. We believe what we see and read in them and follow their example. We even ignore who we really are by putting ourselves on diets and dying our hair. We even learn how to apply make-up. We blindly follow the trends without realizing that the standard of beauty magazines show us does not accurately reflect our society. Real people do not look like the ones in the magazines.
I think true beauty does not mean you need to be skinny.
True beauty does not mean you need to dye your hair.
True beauty does not mean you need to hide behind make-up. I will discuss these points in my next paragraphs.
First, computers fix the models’ pictures we see in magazines. A software program called “Photoshop” can alter any picture to whatever you want. For example, Kate Winslet's body shape was changed in the movie “Titanic” to make it more appealing. Everyone has their own unique shape. Some people are fat and some people are thin. However, since all the models in the magazines are skinny, many people are misled and put themselves on diets in order to look like the models. Many times people will do harmful things to their bodies and forget about their health. In my opinion, if you have confidence in yourself and keep a smile on your face you will find that it does not matter if you are fat or thin, you are beautiful.
Secondly, models' hair color can be red, blue, yellow, pink, some even mixed with more than one color. But such colorful hair does not reflect our society. People have black, brown, red, and blonde hair. These colors are natural and we inherit hair color from our family. Dyed hair is bad for your health. According to scientific evidence, long-term use of permanent hair dye in dark colors doubles a person's risk of certain blood cancers.
Finally, natural beauty is lost when you see so much make-up on fashion models. Many readers will ignore the fact that they look good without wearing make-up and emulate what a model does in a magazine. The magazines make us think that wearing make-up is better. Some people look better when they have no make-up on their faces. Make-up is bad for your skin and can cause damage because they contain chemicals. Nothing is more beautiful than natural skin.
In this world beauty magazines mislead us to a false standard of beauty. We should remember that health, confidence and natural beauty are the three primary colors of life.
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