Celebrity Influence on Girls Body Image
Because teenagers lack much world experience they will often look at external sources to craft an identity. This leads them to looking towards celebrities and other famous people as a role model. While most do so in a harmless manner, others take the image they see in celebrities to the nth degree. They seek to duplicate a fantasy image into a reality as a way of boosting teen self esteem.
There is the main problem here: teen self esteem seeks to be built through duplicating the fantasy and public relations character of the celebrity. The image of the celebrity is not the real person. This sets the teen up for a great fall since they can never live up to a fantasy.
Again, life experience here is limited, which is why the teen will fall into a number of traps. Teenage girls, most famously, fall into the extremely difficult trap of having to present a body image that is next to impossible to attain. Often, this is the root of teenage eating disorders and even worse problems.
What the average teenage girl does not understand is that a certain look and image has to be maintained for a celebrity. Celebrities cannot look ëaverage’ or else they will lose much of what makes them special. As a result, enormous steps are taken to boost the appearance of the celebrity, which is achieved in ways that the average person cannot follow.
For example, a starlet training to appear in an action movie can invest 5 hours a day into working out. The average person most assuredly cannot. So, for teen self esteem to be built around such an image, it is more likely the teen will end up being let down. Again, the goals are too difficult to attain.
Such information is not articulated to teens. As a result, they end up having a very unrealistic body image in mind. (Again, that is where much of the teenage eating disorders emerge.) Because teens are never able to succeed in duplicating the figures they see in film and on magazine covers, they can fall into depressing or self-esteem crushing behavior. Such an approach does very little for improving their overall opinion of themselves.
Will this problem ever go away? No, human beings have been influenced by imagery in the arts for centuries. It is doubtful that human nature will ever change in such regards any time soon. However, there are ways that teen self esteem can be boosted despite the celebrity influence that they are constantly under.
In order to help improve teen self esteem, it becomes necessary that adults do what is necessary to inform teens of the lack of reality such imagery presents. No, it is not necessarily easy to do such a thing but it can be done with the proper effort and patience. In time, it may be possible to guide a teen to a more realistic outlook on the concept. This, in turn, can set the stage to increase teen self esteem.