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CLIP 14110

Body ‘ideals’ and beauty trends through time

Body ‘ideals’ and beauty trends through time

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Key Info
  • Body ‘ideals’ and beauty trends through time
  • Duration: 07:27
  • Hideous Histories presents a comedic tour over the past few hundred years, of our obsession with beauty and appearance. Four female comedians take us through the various changes in body and beauty ideals for men and women throughout time to demonstrate that, what is 'in' in terms of the way we look, is never 'in' for long. The fleeting state of body and beauty ideals and the extreme and harmful nature of some of the trends are highlighted through the over-the-top style of this film. This prompts young people to question whether it is worth endangering their physical and psychological health in order to try to live up to the latest body fashions.First broadcast in the Learning Zone as part of the Your Body Your Image series in December 2012.
  • Subject:



    Self Image

  • Keywords: body image, history, fashion, beauty, ideals, pressure, media, magazines, YourBodyYourImage
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used in PSHE, English, or History classes and can prompt further activities to aid discussion on improving body image. Questions can be raised about the importance of the thin societal 'ideal' for women and the muscular societal 'ideal' for men. Could be finished with a discussion or activity that investigates the qualities, outside of appearance, that we value in our friends or other people in general. Questions for classroom discussion, written activity or homework could include: 1) What are the current standards or 'ideals' that exist today for men and women? 2) Who tells us that this is 'ideal'? We usually say 'society', but who does this involve? 3) The film showed that 'ideals' change dramatically over a short space of time, for example it was popular to be curvy in the 50’s and then very thin in the 60's. What does the changing nature of these 'ideals' tell us about how important it is to look this way? 4) How might people who don’t naturally fit these 'ideals' feel? Would looking like these 'ideals' necessarily make someone happier?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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