The Effect Idols Have On Mental Health

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys. In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about the effect idols have on mental health, both in negative and positive ways. I’ll be discussing my idol and how she helped me get through tough times but I will also be talking about the negative effect idols can have on fans.

Mental Health and Magazines

As a lot of campaigns and people have brought up the issue of models in magazines and unhealthy expectations due to airbrushing, I thought I would talk about this as well. I don’t read magazines – mainly because I can’t stand the amount of ads but also because of the unhealthy diets and “summer body goals” you read in them.

These set negative expectations for young girls and boys and even I have been affected by the airbrushing in magazines – they make you feel like you aren’t good enough. These are clever marketing ploys to try to get you to buy a certain product or motivate you to become an unhealthy weight so you can buy that great dress you’ve been eyeing up in Vogue for months.

These models and magazine editors can cause – if not intentional – teens to feel inadequate and can contribute to mental health issues such as eating disorders, depression or even anxiety. It may be easy to say to someone “Oh, well don’t look if it upsets you” but in this world these airbrushed  models and unhealthy diets are everywhere you turn – bus stop ads, online ads, shopping sites, magazines or even posters. These things are everywhere and although some fashion sites show the true bodies of women and men (like Missguided), there are still loads out there airbrushing and making teens and even adults feel guilty about their bodies.

I doubt there will be a time when these ads and body goals disappear, but I hope that you can be strong enough to realize that your body is unique to you and it’s capable of amazing things; you don’t have to be a size 8 to be “accepted” in society’s eyes and you certainly don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Be the amazing you you are!

My Role Model

Since I was around 7/8 years old I’ve been a fan (die hard fan) of Taylor Swift for a number of reasons. I first heard her song “Love Story” in the car park of a local Sainsbury’s and when I came home I googled the lyrics to try to find it. Ever since, I’ve bought all of her albums, had merch bought for me at Christmas and even made my own Instagram fan page (pastel.swift if anyone is interested…).

It wasn’t just her lyrics that reeled me in (although they are amazing. Seriously, go listen to All Too Well right now) but her story; she had grown up on a Christmas tree farm and had been bullied at school. She was different from the other kids and came to realize with age that this was a good thing that made her who she is today.

Through the years I’ve endured depression and severe anxiety where I couldn’t even leave the house at one point. If someone had hurt me or I was upset or severely depressed, I’d listen to her music, sing along, let my anger out at the high pitched notes and cried along with the sad love songs. I knew she was always there for me even if she couldn’t physically be. Her words stopped me from harming myself and when I wasn’t strong enough she would pull me back to reality or sometimes let me live in her fantasies.

There are good role models out there, whether it’s your parents, a celebrity or a public figure. I know I will always look up to Taylor because of her words, the way she acts with fans and the way she owns who she is and doesn’t care what others think.

After years of crying over missed concert, I’ve finally bought myself tickets and by the time this is published I will be getting ready for the tour I’ve always wanted to go on. I can’t wait to see my idol live and I hope one day I can thank her for everything she has done for me.

Until next time, love Vee x

Film Review: Baby Driver

Hello there! In this week’s blog I’m going to be writing a review on the film me and Oli saw the other week called Baby Driver.

Overview

Baby Driver is about a man who has got into debt with a con artist and he has to be the getaway driver for clients. He slowly pays his debt off but once he thinks it’s over, they tell him he has to keep driving.

Baby has tinnitus so he plays music to drown out the ringing. He developed it when his parents died in a car crash.

Baby falls in love with a waitress at the diner his mum used to work at and tries his best to protect her and his disabled foster father.

Review

I wanted to see Baby Driver because it looked action packed and stars Ansel Elgort from The Fault in Our Stars. Ansel’s acting is always good and he didn’t disappoint.

However, I don’t think the plot was well thought out as there were moments where the film lulled and I lost interest.

The best parts of the film are the speeding cars and getaways. They were all entertaining and came with a few surprises.

We see Baby develop a conscious for the victims of the robberies and soon he is committing crimes himself to protect his loved ones. We slowly see him find his way as his feelings develop for Debora (the waitress). However, he kills to protect her and ends up in prison.

We then flash forward to when he is released from prison which felt rushed. I thought the film would perhaps end differently.

The women in the film aren’t given exciting roles; Debora is your typical waitress who dreams of running away with Baby and we only see Debora when Baby pays attention to her. He has to let her down on several occasions to protect her but his foster father ends up hurt instead. No matter what Baby does, people keep getting hurt.

Debora doesn’t seem to have many opinions about anything and by the end of the movie she seemed irrelevant and Baby seems to see her in the same light as his mother – good singer, a waitress, beautiful.

Darling, the only other female character is a typical criminal sitting on the side of her vengeful husband until she dies and Buddy inevitably seeks revenge on Baby.

Overall, I enjoyed the film because of the fast cars and Ansel. The plot, however, wasn’t the best and Buddy makes Baby deaf so his ringing in his ears is now stuck there without music to drown it out.

I’m going to give this film 3.5/5 ✩

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Beauty and the Beast 2017 Movie Review

Hey guys, I’m going to be doing something different today and talk about the new Beauty and the Beast film now out. I’m very excited to be doing my first movie review and hope you enjoyed the film as much as I did. (There may be spoilers for those of you who haven’t yet seen the film.)

First of all, I was apprehensive about seeing it because I was worried I would just see Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. At first, I did think this, but after a while I just saw her as a brilliant and very talented actress.

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite Disney movies and I was nervous the new adaptation wouldn’t exceed my expectations. However, Disney has made the movie better and more informative in my opinion. I loved how we see more of the Beast’s back story and more of Belle’s mother as well.

I also liked how Disney has added in some new songs and made a magical book that the Enchantress gave to the Beast. This book transported the Beast and Belle to Paris, where her mother died of the plague when Belle was a baby. Belle questions this throughout the film and I’m pleased we have received answers about what happened to her mother.

                                                                                                 
Some things have been changed – such as Gaston tying Maurice up in the woods to die, a few songs added, Chip the teacup not stowing away to help Belle and Maurice escape the cart that will take them to the asylum. However, I like how they made Belle and her father escape on their own and this proves Belle is more inventive and has more skills than the Belle of the original film.

They also added that people who loved the servants and workers in the castle, would forget them altogether, and would forget the castle even existed. It turns out that Mrs Potts and Cogsworth both have loved ones who live in Belle’s village. Mrs Potts finds Mr Potts again instead of striking up a friendship with Belle’s father like in the 1991 movie.

I enjoyed that there was much more of a story with this movie because it proves that Disney thought more about having a plot in place with questions answered. The Enchantress has more of a role in the film and is actually there when the Beast dies and brings him back to life.

Now, lets talk about the music. From the very first song to the end, it was exactly as I remembered it and brought back childhood memories of watching one of my favourite Disney movies. The new songs added are called “Days in the Sun,” “Evermore” and “How Does a Moment Last Forever?” However, the one part I do prefer in the original movie is the “Be Our Guest” song when they are serving dinner because the food looks so yummy!

The scenes and props were spot on. From Belle walking through the village singing to running in the field, to her outfits, it was brilliantly done. The village is just like the one in the 1991 movie and the castle is slightly different but scarier. And the library is every bookworm’s dream – including mine. However, the Beast also reads – I remember he couldn’t read in the original movie and Belle had to teach him.

                                                           

I thought that the costumes were excellent and exactly like the 1991 movie. From Belle’s blue and white everyday dress to the famous yellow gown, it was very well made. The red cape Belle wears in the grounds was one of my favourites too. Overall, all the costumes were good and reflected the clothes which were animated in the original movie.

I really think the actors were well played and lived up to my expectations. Gaston is just as selfish and even more funny in the newer version and his companion is the same little, annoying man as in the original film. However, they did make Lefou gay in the movie which I loved, obviously. And the furniture was just as whimsical and comical as ever; I do however prefer the animated Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts because of their appearance. Belle was cast well and had a strong female lead by one of the most influential actresses of our generation.

Overall, I love both the original and the new adaptation but enjoyed having more of a plot to the newer version. I grew up with the older Disney movies so I didn’t care too much about plots when I was younger, but now I really see the importance of setting out the whole story and appreciate that Disney has done this.

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