Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Charles Batson




beauty, appearance, women


It's no secret that in today's society, one of the main concerns among women is the way they look. Although society tells us from a young age that "inside that counts", women, and now even young girls as five have a concern about their appearance. Society tells us to be happy with who we are and to be true to ourselves, but in fact we want to please the world. Where does this worry come from? And maybe this question is more important. Why is we consider thinness as the ideal of beauty. It was only 60 years ago that the buxom figures of Marilyn Monroe and Sophie Lauren were considered the greatest sex symbols in the world and examples of feminine beauty, yet today's standards of classify as "fat or squat". When did it happen? When did women decide that the stick figure was the only way to look beautiful and when did they start being ready to do anything to achieve this scary low body mass index?