Body Image and the Media - Just an illusion
April 2007

On a daily basis we are exposed to hundreds if not thousands of images; all supplied to us courtesy of the media. It comes to us through many avenues, the most common being television, magazines, films, newspapers, websites etc. Whether it's the latest football or soap-star celebrity, the message is clear and always the same. "Purchase this product/service and you will be transformed into the image that is currently in front of your eyes".

The problem is, and it's a huge problem, that the images presented is an illusion. Watch Dove's short clip below and you'll see why the Imagination song Just An Illusion comes to mind.

 
Just An Illusion
Never let your feelings get you down. Open up your eyes and look around
It's just an illusion - illusion - illusion.
Could it be that it's just an illusion putting me back in all this confusion?
Could it be that it's just an illusion now?
Could it be that it's just an illusion putting me back in all this confusion?
Could it be that it's just an illusion now?
Could it be a picture in my mind?

Artist: Imagination
Song: Just An Illusion