Open any magazine or turn on any T.V. show and you'll be bombarded with air brushed, perfectly styled and made-up celebrities and super models, icons of beauty that real women can never match. Too often, girls, measure themselves against these unrealistic images and find themselves lacking. But we can all break free from the cult of celebrity and start liking the face we see in the mirror once we understand that many of these images of beauty are all made up.
In the spirit of Fast Food Nation, media-awareness activist Audrey Brashich delivers an in-depth, informative, and eye-opening look at the effect the media and pop culture has on young women's self images.
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"Former model turned teen magazine writer and editor turned media-awareness activist, Brashich has created an accessible guide that explores the relationship between self-esteem and pop culture. Taking her cues from authors such as Naomi Wolf, she challenges readers to feel good about themselves in spite of a culture that celebrates thinness and celebrity, and to see that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes.
She shares personal experiences and incorporates quotes from teens, emphasizing that while it's OK to enjoy the occasional celebrity magazine or episode of America's Next Top Model, it is important to realize that it is hype. Brashich poses questions to readers and recommends activities that will help others see through the marketing. A book that offers both support and validation." -- Elaine Baran Black, School Library Journal