There has been an overabundance of research to signify that women of all ages are harmfully influenced by the nonstop exposure to models and actresses that meet the unrealistic media representation of beauty; however, the Target image of a young model takes it a little too far.
Target, the popular retailing company, showcased a model for the "Xhilaration® Junior's Midkini 2-Piece Swimsuit -Leopard Print" onits website who appeared to have anatomical inconsistencies. It seems to capitalize on the obsession of the “thigh gap” whereby your thighs don’t meet at all, which young girls believe to be attractive
Whether we like or not, the unfortunate reality is that a deep-rooted stereotype of what women ought to look like very much exists. That said, the fact remains; this image takes it one step too far by disfiguring the model via editing to the degree that she looks simply unhealthy.
Sociocultural standards of feminine beauty are represented in virtually all forms of media with body types that are unrealistic and unfeasible. A rising number of bodacious women chronicle the myriad problems of growing up with a body far removed from the prevalent ideal.
While some women have grown to look the way they look, the majority carry self-esteem issues and eating disorders well into adulthood.
Shameful photoshopping sheds light on the colossal endorsement of an “ideal” body image in our girls.
Mass media's use of such unrealistic models sends an implicit message that in order for a woman to be considered beautiful, she must be unhealthy.