Research Paper — Evolution of American Beauty

For my research paper, I will be studying how the ‘ideal’ american appearance has evolved over time. I think my time line will be from the 1950s – present. I will be comparing movies, magazines, and advertisements. I am comparing both male and female. I want to see if I can discover who controls the new desired appearance. Does media change the opinions of the world, or does the world dictate what should or shouldn’t become main stream? Why does America’s ideal beauty seem to continuously change? (i.e. curvy vs skinny, pale vs tan, exotic vs conventional, risqué vs conservative, trashy vs classy etc.) 

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