Body Narratives from Posters and Popular Culture

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Dr. Aparna


The dichotomy of physically fit to fit in physical standards has emerged as a new question. Does the bikini industry promote the idea of appealing sizes or competitions that show beauty pageants and bodybuilders on popular media? The body has always been the contested site of people as whenever we meet someone after the first acquaintance, they ask why you are so thin. Or why do you look so fat? This narration is now changing into the new mold of being fit into that new dress. What if it doesn’t, the detrimental effect of not losing or not fitting into the set criteria has emerged in new disorders. The most recurring is the body dysmorphia which evolves due to the rule created by these competitions. Double XL movie produced in 2022, showcases a narrative about the body and for the body. Fashion movie produced in (2008), on models and beauty pageants that tries to cover the deformity of being the best yet ruins the foundation of being human. Bodybuilders and beauty pageants either create history and fame through steroids, unnecessary medication, and surgeries or just distort themselves physically as well as mentally. Physical attractiveness, prowess, and aesthetic appeal are just words that would wipe but talent, capability, and personality would stay forever. Thus, the body is nude yet crude, and therefore, the paper attempts to unwrap the problems staying in the heads of pageants and bodybuilders.


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Dr. Aparna. (2024). Body Narratives from Posters and Popular Culture. Educational Administration: Theory and Practice, 30(7), 210–213.
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Dr. Aparna

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Raffles University,Neemrana

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