Body shapes in the media

Today we are continuing on the fabulous media images my students created this semester.  Earlier this week I posted images about teen parents about LGBTQQIA in media.

Today’s student, Faith Jaschke, was looking at representations of body shapes and sizes in advertising.  She found over the semester that there is a substantial amount of unhealthy uniformity in media images, so for her project she created advertising for known brands using her personal friends.  Many of my students focus on body shape and size in their media projects, but I was particularly impressed with Faith’s final projects’ artistry and composition.  In addition to showing real bodies, the pictures are both interesting and engaging to look at.

(The prior two projects used already existing images, Faith’s project and the one I will post tomorrow are original photography.)




About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.


  1. It feels like a relief to see real people in these ads. I don’t think I’m aware of how much tension I hold when I see the “perfect,” thin, smooth, blemishless bodies of men and women in most ads.

  2. […] of my college students’ Sexuality in the Media projects.  We’ve had three so far (body shapes, teen parents, and LGBTQQIA).  But today’s project is easily my favorite of the semester.  […]

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