Sara Rudolph February 1, 2010 AMD 252: Dress and Culture Assignment #1: Theoretical Perspectives I. The article I chose was from Life & Style magazine. I read the article about Brooke Hogan and herself and society portray her body image. In the article Brooke talked about how she ?will never be a size 2? and she?s fine with that, but she?s gone through a lot with her weight and how people reticule her about it. A direct quote from the article said ?We (society) praise people for being unhealthy) and she is talking about how we look at stick skinny models and strive to be like that even if it is unhealthy. Also one of the titles of the article was ?Distorted body image? and in this section she talked about how growing up she felt pressured to be a certain size and she dreamt that one day she would have a slender body. But now Brooke is comfortable with her body and she has lost 15 pounds the healthy way and she says she has never looked better. II. This article is written in the cognitive perspective. It is a good example of the cognitive perspective because Brooke was trying to ?fit? in with being stick skinny, and typical Hollywood appearance. Since our society ?praises? skinny people as being beautiful, Brooke was also trying to seek that by not eating to try and lose weight. Since cognitive perception deals with appearance perception, Brooke wanted perceivers to perceive her as pretty, and skinny, and not fat. Brooke also was trying to seek for change and now she has achieved that and is eating healthy and working out. III. One thing she did say in the article that is an example of a assumption is that she felt pressured by the environment that she was in the be thin. This is an example of her seeking and using aesthetic stimulation in their environments, because she wanted to look like a stick skinny model. Another assumption is that she was trying to ?fit? in with Hollywood society. Her dad Hulk Hogan was a famous wrestler and she said that being in that environment made her feel like she had to be skinnier. The last assumption that I?m going to use is that later on Brooke was striving for some consistency in her appearance, and now she?s healthy and confident in her body. IV. The theory that this article is portraying is adornment because Brooke is talking about how people portray her and her weight and how she?s ?ugly? because she?s not skinny. She wanted sexual attraction I guess you could say, so society would think she?s pretty. But mostly it is talking about her extension of self. V. Teitelbaum, R. (2010, February). I?m Not a Size 2 and I Never will be. Life & Style Magazine, pp. 48-51.
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