” America’s Next Top Model” should use personal pictures of the contestants of all shapes and sizes instead of professional pictures on their Facebook and Instagram page becuase:
1. it will allow teenage viewers to understand that the media accepts people of all shapes and sizes
2. it will boost self- confidence for the teen viewers
3. it will show viewers that taking unprofessional pictures and not being all ” dolled up” for the camera is completely acceptable.
1.Alexandra Sifferlin, a TIME magazine journalist, argues that “Even apart from situations where selfies can inform emotional or behavioral problems, for example, the material that children and adolescents view online — selfies included — can be influential in molding their sense of self.”
Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Why Selfies Matter | TIME.com.” Time. Time, 06 Sept. 2013. Web. 02 July 2014.
2. Melissa Walker wrote an article about the pros and cons of selfies in the Teen Vogue Magazine and agrees with what the faculty director of the media psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Pamela Rutledge, states,”The cult of the selfie celebrates regular people,”
Walker, Melissa. “The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected Consequences of Selfie Obsession.” Teenvogue Content. Teen Vogue, 11 Sept. 2013. Web. 03 July 2014.
3. Three Psychological Bulletin scholars, Shelly Grabe, Monique L. Ward, and Janet Shibley Hyde, acknowledge the idea that,”It is believed that the media’s consistent depiction of a thin ideal leads women to see this ideal as normative, expected, and central to attractiveness. However, because media presenta- tions of women’s bodies are so skewed, showcasing an ideal that is out of reach to most, adopting this reality may lead to decreased satisfaction with one’s own body”
Grabe, Shelly, L. Monique Ward, and Janet Shibley Hyde. “The Role of the Media in Body Image Concerns among Women: A Meta-analysis of Experimental and Correlational Studies.” Psychological Bulletin 134.3 (2008): 460-76. Google Scholar. Psychological Bulletin, 15 Jan. 2008. Web. 07 July 2014.