Our appearance is interference

Our appearance is interference

Kathy Martinez, Staff Writer

Appearance can be important, especially in first impressions. However, the media shapes us to create unrealistic expectations, brainwashing us to think that beauty is what we see on television, magazine, and music.

It is expectations like that cause the opinions of children and young teenagers to drastically differentiate from reality. Students showed At Richard E. Haynes Elementary School that their perceptions are less about appearances influenced by media.

Sixth grader Victoria says she would want to have larger feet to “stomp on people.” Third grader Angel Vargas stated that he wish he could fly. Lastly, sixth grader Kathlene said “Nothing, I don’t care about others’ opinions.”

Karina Ayala, senior here at OHS, says that she’d want to change her laugh because people “make comments on it.” Senior Lizeth Barcenas says she’d want to change her height because she’s short. Lastly, sophomore Edin Menjibar says he’d want to change his way of speaking, as he feels a bit too shy.

In short, these unrealistic standards of attractions are taught to us, and we learn to believe that it is what true beauty is.