Friday, November 08, 2013

Blog #9: Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy

In Venezuela women are starting to use plastic surgery at a more increasing level because they do not like their bodies and want to be like the models on the magazine covers. A man named Eliezar Alvarez notice that women are getting these things done to their bodies but mannequins in the stores do not look the same as they are trying to portray themselves. Eliezar owns a workshop where he starts to create what women want in the shape of mannequins with huge butts, big breasts, tiny waist, and long legs. These mannequins that he has created has become normal to be shown off in stores windows. Many of the Venezuelan women get plastic surgery to gain more self-esteem. A woman with implants in Venezuela is known as a “operated woman” because they are not ashamed of their plastic surgeries and talk about them aloud to others. Venezuela’s longtime leader, Hugo Chavez, thought it was crazy that women were spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries when they couldn’t even afford to make ends meet. The reason why looking so beautiful is important to women in Venezuela is because his country is known for its beauty.
            In societies women are being shown and told that having a tiny waist and huge breasts is know as the ideal woman. It does not help when we see many famous people that are perfectly brushed with make up, hair products, and the perfect clothes. It doesn’t have to be like this because it is actually the fashion industries business interest to act differently so women have positive role models to follow. Recent studies have shown that women are more than twice as likely to buy an advertised outfit if the model is their size or age. When a model is wearing a certain style of clothes a woman is more likely to feel more beautiful and confident because a model is reflecting what they would possibly look like in these clothes. It drives people crazy that TV shows like Toddlers and Tiaras teaches girls at a young age how to be “perfect” when really they are setting our children up for failure because there is no such thing as a perfect person.

Kaley Stapleton
November 8, 2013

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