(I tried everything and could not get either of these sites to to link in HTML format, sorry for the confusion) but the first is an interactive map of Miss America winners up to 2007, the second link is the website I built
The concept of what makes one beautiful has greatly changed throughout the decades. Most runway models in the 21st century meet the body mass index criteria for anorexia. Statistics show that 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller. Ten years ago, plus-size models wore sizes 12-18, today, models are considered to be plus size if they wear a size 6! This change in perception is causing women around the world to develop eating disorders and feel uncomfortable in their own skin, which eventually leads to an unhealthy lifestyle and body. In the March 2012 issue of Vogue an article was written on Dara-Lynn Weiss who is the mother of a seven-year-old daughter that was considered to be obese at 4’4” and 93 pounds. In order to force her daughter to lose weight, she counted her calories everyday and was known to deny her dinner if she had eaten too much in one day. Weiss is known as a fat-phobic. Her daughter, Bea, has since lost 16 pounds and when asked about her issue, she claims, “I am not a different person just because I lost 16 pounds. Just because it’s in the past doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Tyra Banks, American supermodel and role model for many women around the world, spoke out against underweight models and showed her support for the Vogue Pact, which is a ban on models that look like they have or physically do have an eating disorder. As many of you know, Banks hosts a show on television called America’s Next Top Model and within 19 seasons, a plus-size model has never won the competition. In 2010, Ann Ward was the winner with a height of 6’2” and a waist size of 22”, so small runway judge J. Alexander could practically fit both hands around her as shown in the picture on my website. Runner up, Chelsey Hersley was not pleased about Ward winning the competition. She claimed to have aspired to be a model since the young age of three and quotes “I feel cheated. I feel like I have the whole package and I don’t think Ann does.”
Along with weight justifying whether someone is beautiful or not, there is also other factors such as full, voluminous hair, clear complexion, and tan skin. Economists claim that attractive women earn 4% more than their less attractive counterparts while men make 5% more; that means over a lifetime, a good-looking man could earn $250,000 more than a less attractive one (Bennett). A 33-year-old woman, Debrahlee Lorenzana, in Queens, New York was fired from her job at Citibank for being “too hot.” She sued the company but lost the case because there was no proof that she was fired for that specific reason. Jessica Bennett questions in her article about Lorenzana whether he looks may have been the reason she got the job in the first place. However, she now has a reality television show where she coos, “I love plastic surgery, I think it’s the best thing that ever happened.”
In 1968, 400 women in New Jersey stood outside of the Miss America Pageant to conduct what they called “The Degrading Mindless-Boob-Girlie Symbol” and the expectations American had about beauty. They marched with signs, passed out pamphlets, and crowned a live sheep to compare the pageant to livestock competitions at the fair. What drew the media’s attention the most, however, was what they called the “freedom trash can.” The women threw fake eyelashes, Cosmopolitan and Playboy magazines, high heels, bras, and other feminine products to show they were against labeling and exploiting the “most beautiful girl in America.” Not only did women protest outside of the pageant, a few women got tickets to go inside of the pageant and during the crowing they yelled “no more Miss America!” and “women’s liberation!” until they were quickly removed by police.
I used a free website generator for this project called Wix that is available to the public when searched. For the other categories I used Microsoft Powerpoint, Wordle, TimeToast, Flickr, Google, ZeeMaps and YouTube.