Please see the attachment as an example of what this assignment should look like.  Please do not copy from the example.  Please also view the documentary called “Taboo” and also reference it in the assignment.  Reference is listed below along with the link to the documentary. You will have to copy to link into your web browser to view the documentary.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this assignment. Reference:Lewman, L. (Narrator). (May 2, 2011). Taboo: Beauty [Television series]. In T. Hardy, R. Scott, L. Marshall, K. Crowe, D. Baker, & S. Knight. Los Angeles, CA:Scott Free Production.What is the definition of beauty? Is there such a definition? Or does each of us have his own explication? Maybe a person that I think is beautiful, somebody else considers ugly. You can find defects on a person that maybe don’t exist, or somebody may consider himself, ugly for no reason. A person may be too tall or too short, too thin or too fat. Everyone sees beauty from different perspectives, as Umberto Eco says “beauty and ugly are related to different cultures, and depending on the historical period”. In the American Heritage Dictionary, beauty is defined as “the quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.”After viewing the documentary “Taboo: Beauty”, PPT uploaded to the assignment “Documentary Essay” and thinking about what beauty is within your primary culture, you are to discuss one or more of the following questions.  You do not have to discuss all of them.  They are simply a starting point if you have writers block.How does American Culture define “beauty” for men and women?What are some typical “beauty” ideas about men and women within your community?What is considered not beautiful within your cultural community?Where do these ideas originate?How has advertising affected the perception of American beauty?And any other thoughts you may have about what beauty means within your culture.
Running Head: TABOO: BEAUTY Taboo: Beauty Documentary Essay Student Example 1 American InterContinental University The documentary “Taboo: Beauty”, introduced the audience with different perspectives as to what beauty means to the people that were in the film. To them beauty is defined by looking great externally and going through dangerous procedures to obtain a certain look. For instance, in the documentary a woman did various breast enhancements or surgeries to look better. As a result, she had an infection in one of her breasts and she could have died if not treated by a doctor. A young woman from Russia, endured pain and had her legs broken in order to look taller. Another example is a man who went to Indonesia to receive a plastic surgery to look more feminine. Lastly, a woman from France who was battling an eating disorder called anorexia died due to her wanting to be thin. All four of these people went to extremes to achieve their idea of what beauty is and this may be influenced by advertisements or the media. The American culture advertising has affected the perception of what American beauty is but in a negative way. Many magazine covers have portrayed women to look unrealistically by using photo shop. The women that model in these advertisements are manipulated to have a certain body type. In return this causes people to idealize and to look exactly like the models. For this reason, plastic surgery has become common in the United States. As a result, people go to extremes to look beautiful no matter what the consequences are afterwards. In conclusion, this documentary demonstrates the ugly reality of how people think about beauty and the sacrifices they are willing to take. As mentioned in the documentary people who have distorted view of beauty might suffer from a mental disorder such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Unfortunately, the American culture is not the only culture that perceives beauty in a negative way but cultures from around the world do as well. In reality, going to extremes to look a certain way is not worth it because it might lead to negative consequences later on in life. People should be content with how they look and this was the message that this documentary is portraying. References Lewman, L. (Narrator). (May 2, 2011). Taboo: Beauty [Television series]. In T. Hardy, R. Scott, L. Marshall, K. Crowe, D. Baker, & S. Knight. Los Angeles, CA:Scott Free Production.

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