The Skinny Culture Research Paper by Jessie

An overview of skinny culture's domination of Western society.
# 149608 | 2,737 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper examines the phenomenon of the skinny culture, tracing its development and influence within the 1950's and 1960's to the present day. It begins with a section defining the skinny culture and then discusses the historical development of this cultural movement. Then, the paper explores how skinny culture manifests within the modern day and the impact of skinny culture upon society. In particular, the fashion industry helps to support the skinny culture and its values within the minds of Western youths. The skinny culture endorses exercise and helps individuals to avoid the negative health consequences associated with obesity. However, the skinny culture also risks the long term development of significant health problems associated with eating disorders and these negative consequences appear to be a significant threat to Western adolescent girls.

What is the Skinny Culture?
The Development and History of the Skinny Culture
The Skinny in Everyday Culture
The Impact of Skinny Culture upon Society
Conclusion: The Future of the Skinny Culture

From the Paper:

"These seeds of cultural discord helped to generate the public's decision to embrace women who helped to pioneer the skinny culture. The two most influential skinny icons were Audrey Hepburn and fashion model Twiggy. The innocence and youthful appeal of these two women contrasted with the more put together style of Jackie Kennedy. Audrey Hepburn "became a fashion icon for thousands of American girls who longed for something a little different, a little less worldly" (Rollin, 1999, p. 220). Hepburn was perfect as a pioneer of the skinny culture because she demonstrated that a woman could still be fashionable even if she was thin. Hepburn was thin and lanky. However, she had an impeccable style and helped to establish several major fashion icons including the little black dress. Her leading characters in "My Fair Lady" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" highlighted her slight build as an integral component of her overall aesthetic beauty. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Rollin, L. (1999). Twentieth-Century Teen Culture by the Decades: A Reference Guide, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

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