Popular culture, or pop culture, affects everyone. In society today, the media bombards teens with images and trends. Media defines Popular culture (or pop culture), what the trends are, what people should be wearing, what they should be listening to, how they should act, and what they should look like. Pop culture, in turn, defines what one should look like through movies, television, magazines, catalogs, billboards, fashion, and music.
Wherever we look, catalogs, magazines, television, movies, and billboards, images show us the cultural standard, what we should be like and that is in fashion. The standards that women should be beautiful and sexy are present throughout these images. Girls as young as twelve start to dress up and imitate Britney Spears (left) wanting to be like her. On Opera, there was a show on girls between the ages of ten to thirteen dressing up like Spice Girls, wearing a miniskirt, a tube top, and makeup. Jennifer Lopez (right), in the movie industry, and Britney Spears, in the music industry, show how pop culture depicts women, to have the â€œsexyâ€ look no matter what they do, as they exercise or just going through an ordinary day.
As people walk through shopping malls, surf the web, and flip through magazines there are hundreds of pictures and mannequins clothed in outfit from cute skirts to sexy lingerie. â€œ400-600 advertisements bombard us everyday in magazines, on billboards, on television, and in newspapers. One in eleven has a direct message about beauty, not even counting the indirect messagesâ€ (About Face). All these images get engraved in peopleâ€™s minds, consciously and subconsciously, sending messages that women should look and dress in a certain manner. Just like if you hear something enough times, you start to believe it, like the Black slaves slowly started to believe that they were inferior because their White owners where telling them over and over that they are inferior.