I didn’t always dress appropriately. When I hit my all-time low, I tried everything to get noticed. I tried to diet and exercise (to no avail), kept my hair long and wore way to much make up. My younger older brother Nicholas used to tease me saying “I’d have to use a spoon to get your makeup off”. He was far from right that it would take a garden shovel to get my makeup off, but looking back, I know went about everything in the wrong way.
Let’s face it: the fashion and modeling industries promote either nude or scantily clothed women to promote the majority of products to consumers worldwide. Other industries have picked up on this tool and use it in the most ridiculous ways. I think the award for the most absurd commercial you can find, on ANY channel these days, is the latest commercial for Hardee’s promoting their Texas BBQ Thickburger. I will personally award anyone who can prove that either one of those women in the commercial actually eat what they’re being paid to promote. Even more is that no matter how many times I see it, the fact that the model they casted for shooting the commercial is crawling on the ground and practically naked on top of a truck, soaking herself with a sponge. What the he** does that have to do with a burger?! Nothing! This is how society upholds its “value” of women-we are just objects that can be used for others’ (men’s) satisfaction.
No matter what we think, millions and millions of dollars will be spent every year on this kind of advertising. So naturally, women, and particularly younger girls and teenagers see this as the way men like their women-thin enough to break in half, large breasts, voluptuous hair and always wearing enough makeup for a fashion show. Most of the “normal” population of the female gender don’t have these assets. Unfortunately, girls and young women will continue to go to ridiculous lengths and extremes to look like this and buy the clothing they think will get them noticed. You would be right to assume that this type of clothing will get you noticed, but for the wrong reasons all together.
The other night, my loving boyfriend showed me the most interesting video I’ve seen on YouTube yet. (If you’re interested, I’ve attached the link at the bottom of my blog.) The woman speaking in the video strongly promotes modesty and class for women. I knew deep down that being modest and having the confidence to dress against the common crowd was the morally correct thing to do but seriously, how many of us actually want to go against everyone and noticed for being different? I wasn’t any different until just a couple days ago. Jessica Rey speaks on the evolution of the swimsuit in her video and it was pretty shocking to see how far the swimsuit has come. She has her own website for a swimsuit line she created, inspired by Audrey Hepburn, as a result of being fed up with not being able to find a cute and fashionable modest swimsuit. I will proudly be waiting for the release of her line for next summer to buy one. She mentions some very interesting research results on how men view women in different types of clothing. Because I want as many people as possible to see this video, I won’t reveal too much, but there was one fact that was pretty prominent that really stuck out to me. Men who see a woman in a bikini subconsciously categorize her in the same part of the brain as hammers, screws and nails. These are objects. When a man sees you in a bikini, you become just another object in his brain and you no longer have value as a person with feelings, emotions and thoughts.