Standards of Beauty in the Media

When it comes to the media, we are used to seeing certain standards of beauty. When we see an ad for food, clothes, or even cars we see slim women with flawless skin. The truth is the average woman isn’t a size 2. This standard of beauty is not realistic and puts a negative image in the minds of young girls and women.

For most girls, going through their teenage years can be very difficult. When they see a girl their age in a magazine with “the perfect body” they begin to believe everything they read or hear. For example, a girl who is insecure with her body might buy a certain beauty product or outfit if she sees a skinny woman in the ad. These young girls are at risk. Research shows that exposure to images of thin, young, air brushed females are linked to depression, loss of self esteem, and unhealthy eating habits in young women and girls.

Most of the images of female beauty used in the media are unattainable for all but a very small number of women. Many of the images of women seen in magazines and television ads have been retouched and are not representative of what the women in the picture actually look like. Photo retouching can make the females in advertisements seem slimmer, tanner and basically flawless. The truth is that most of those women don’t even look like their own photos in reality.
Although in America we have certain standards of beauty, there are many different ideals of beauty across the world:

  • Thailand the women of the Kayan tribe have a standard of beauty that doesn’t rely on someone’s height or weight. Known as “long necks,” women from this tribe put brass rings around their necks and add more as they age. The rings give their necks an elongated appearance. The most beautiful women are said to have the most rings.
  •  In Ethiopia, the women of the Karo tribe place scars on their stomachs to attract a husband. This scarring process starts at the young age of 5 and is finished when the woman is ready to be married and have children.

As you can see, there are standards of beauty that involve more than weight and height. The more aware we are aware of these different standards of beauty, the more we can see ourselves as individual beauties. Diversity is a beautiful thing and everyone has their own beauty that makes them unique.


Oaxacan Food traditions

One of  MCCN’s facebook fans by the name of Jeffrey Ferns had a Multi-cultural event at his new cafe in Superior, Arizona. His plans include a focus on foods of the world for the next few weeks.  First, in the listing of culture foods  were foods made from scratch by Antonia a 3rd generation Curendera (healer) from Oaxaca assisting her were her lovely daughters. She is testament to using nature and plants as a way of life. Her grandmother of 107 years, her mother and herself still practice the Oaxacan traditions and ceremonies in their and their childrens daily lives.

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See our article on Harvesting for Hope in Oaxaca

Weddings: A Celebrity Summer of Love

Seems like love is in the air, the serious kind which involves tying the knot.  A long list of  A-list stars married this summer including Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keyes to Swiss Beatz, T.I., Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem and Lala Vasquez to Carmelo Anthony.

One of the most fun things about wedding is seeing how a bride or a couple expresses themselves through the ceremony or reception. As seen above, a carriage was used for a real Cinderella style at the recent wedding of T.I..   The guest list was a who’s who Hip Hop/R& B crowd from Monica to Rihanna.

Here is the aisle that the bride walked down

How to Make Meatoaf by Carla Crudup

Carla Crudup grew up in a home infused with the passion for the culinary arts. Under the tutelage of two master chefs — namely, her mother and father — Carla was only 13 years old when she graduated from baking cookies and fruitcakes to preparing lobster and prime rib repasts for family and friends. As a Recipe Developer, Carla has an expertise in creating recipes and has done so for her award winning food column, major food manufacturers (Lender’s Bagels) and national grocery retail chains (Wild Oats which was purchased by Whole Foods market).  Read More About Carla Crudup.

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe

On two separate occassions on the red carpet celebrities with Caribbean roots or relatives fondly expressed a love for Ackee and saltfish.  The beloved food is Jamaica’s national dish.

Since the 1700s people from the island of Newfoundland brought dried and salted cod (salt cod) for the Jamaicans in order to trade for Rum. Salt cod is now one of the main ingredients for ackee and saltfish.

To prepare the dish, salt cod is sautéed with boiled ackee, onions, Scotch Bonnet peppers, tomatoes, and spices, such as black pepper and pimiento. It can be garnished with crisp bacon and fresh tomatoes, and is usually served at breakfast alongside roast breadfruit, hard dough bread, or boiled green bananas.-(Wikipedia)  This recipe is a bit Americanized.  If you want to share your recipe contact us.


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