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Female form in the media: body image and obesity.

Pedersen, Sarah



Gina Tsichlia

Alexandra Johnstone


Can we blame the media for the ‘thin ideal’? Many commentators suggest that the media’s influence on body image stems from the 1920s when the illustrations in fashion magazines changed from drawings to photographs. Readers could now see, and aspire to look like, real fashion models wearing beautiful clothes or advertising expensive products. In the 1920s, magazines and the fashion industry taught that the ideal figure for a woman was a pre-adolescent one, with little or no bust or hips.


PEDERSEN, S. 2010. Female form in the media: body image and obesity. In Tsichlia, G. and Johnstone, A. (eds.) Fat matters: from sociology to science. Keswick: M and K Publishing, chapter 1, pages 5-12.

Publication Date Dec 31, 2010
Deposit Date Aug 14, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2015
Publisher M&K Update Ltd.
Pages 5-12
Book Title Fat matters: from sociology to science
Chapter Number Chapter 1
ISBN 9781905539390
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