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Video Spotlight: Sex Appeal… The "Miss Representation"

“Sex sells”, or so you think. The exploitation of women’s bodies in the media imposes pressure on women to live up to outrageous standards, and as a consequence incites insecurities. The video your about to view is a snippet from the documentary Miss Representation. Miss Representation explores the glass ceiling that many women in the media still struggle with, to break the double standards applied to women in terms of appearance and persona. This documentary is a must see!

“Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.”  -via Wikipedia

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You can watch the full length documentary by renting it here.

Miss Representation is a must see, eye opening documentary. I hope you take time out to watch it in it’s full length by clicking the link above. The commentators of the video are dead on in their analysis. Through the media, society has been conditioned to believe that a woman’s worth and value depends on her looks (sex appeal); and this is a complete sham. Likewise, I’ve seen it first hand how body image issues has affected someone close to me.

It disheartens me to know that a woman can be intelligent and ambitious, and still be discredited based on appearance. This has been the double standard for year’s, but now it’s time for a change. Belle’s your worth starts with You! Don’t allow the media’s portrayal of woman to make you feel less than. You don’t need makeup or plastic surgery; what you require is a huge dose of self love.  Embrace and appreciate your unique self, and know you are valuable and worthy just as you are.

How has the media’s exploitation of sex appeal affected you? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


Shawna Kay ( Blissed Out Belle )

Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .

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  • nicki

    i heard about this documentary last year. I still need to watch it, but finally women are standing up and saying the way the media represents us is not okay! I just need to get my hands on a copy.


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