The appropriated video “Skinny Pretty” combines ads for Carl’s Jr. and diet pills with a Dove ad and audio clips of girls talking about how they view themselves to create two conflicting body image views. Although this is a subject that has been touched on countless times, things have still remained the same. The media’s portrayal of women is disgustingly unrealistic.
The song “I feel pretty” sung by Julie Andrews is played in the background and creates a humorous contradiction to the audio and video. Every woman wants to feel pretty, but they rarely do. Tension is created by countering images of “perfect” women with the audio of average women and girls tearing themselves apart. These women don’t feel beautiful because they are constantly comparing themselves to the impossible image of what society thinks the ideal woman should look like—stick-thin, big breasts, big butt and flawless, tan skin. Young girls, especially those in middle school, don’t need to be comparing themselves to this unrealistic model of a woman. They are already going through enough changes to make anyone feel self-conscious. They don’t understand that the things they are embarrassed about, almost every woman has experienced—the chubby baby-fat cheeks, acne and thick thighs. These girls need to know that they are unique and beautiful.