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White, Asian, Black, Latina, Women the Stigma Behind the Stereotypes (Emunah La-Paz Defines You)

Updated on February 13, 2015

Is Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder?

Young women shopping for beauty products.  © 2014
Young women shopping for beauty products. © 2014 | Source

The Beauty Industry Reaches Out To Women Of All Backgrounds.

Young woman Emunah La-Paz © 2014
Young woman Emunah La-Paz © 2014 | Source

What Does Race Have To Do With Beauty?

Race has nothing to do with beauty and often times beauty is spoken through the eye of the shallow beholder. Commercialism has taken over the image of beauty. Americans spend $15,000 total during her lifetime on beauty products,

The beauty industries is doing a better job of reaching out women of all backgrounds. Making products easier to obtain for women with different skin tones and hair textures.

Make-up commercials are now promoting their products to fit the needs of all women. In some cases combing the background of glamour and humor together.

Ellen and Sofia Vergara Are Cover Girls!

Marilyn Monroe (1950s)

Promotional photograph of actor Marilyn Monroe (1950s)
Promotional photograph of actor Marilyn Monroe (1950s) | Source

Norma Jean Before Marilyn Monroe.

Norma Jean before Marilyn Monroe.
Norma Jean before Marilyn Monroe. | Source

What is the stigma Behind the stereotypes of the white woman?

Marilyn Monroe, is a beauty icon which set the tone for what beauty instilled "In The Movies."

In the musical film 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953) opposite Jane Russell. It is said that some white women believe this statement, rushing to their local salon or drug store to become an instant blonde.

Monroe's persona that men would flock to a blonde woman carrying a handful of diamonds is a pleasing thought. However in reality hair dye fades and skin sags,in spite of our desperate pursuit to stay young forever.

However, even Marilyn Monroe had to undergo some changes to to perfect her blonde image. Born Norma Jean, Marilyn Monroe was the girl next door without blonde roots. When Hollywood came knocking her transformation began.

Many white women despise the blonde theory. The clueless blonde jokes are pointless and stereotypical, to those who view themselves as businesswomen of the future.

The blonde stigma is a step in the wrong direction. The notion that white women are passive easy going does not sit well with today's cultivated woman.

The media showcasing shallow white women who worry about their weight and chase after their plastic surgeon is a disgrace.

In most cases Marilyn Monroe's full figured body was the only thing that honestly compliments the theory of inner beauty to date.

It was said, that Monroe was a smart businesswoman, able to successful negotiate her contract deals.

Many white women believe that the media negatively reflects their image. White women holding high profile positions in society are not reflected upon as often as the blonde playmate on Hugh Hefner's arm.

"Brainless Blonde women due not speak for us all." States Rebecca, a corporate attorney for a large firm." We don't hear enough about women such as Anne Sweeny the Co-Chair of Disney Media and President of the Disney–ABC Television Group. or Helen Elizabeth Clark, New Zealand politician, who was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand serving three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008." Rebecca continues, "My fear is that our daughters will hold on to the negative outlook which overshadows white women. The media needs to start focusing more on successful women who make a difference in our World so that women in general are not mislead by such negative stereotypes ."

A mature geisha and two maiko, serving tea at the Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenman-gū

A mature geisha and two maiko, serving tea at the Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenman-gū
A mature geisha and two maiko, serving tea at the Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenman-gū | Source

Memoirs of a Geisha trailer (HQ)

The Joy Luck Club - Meet the Parents

What is the stigma behind the stereotypes of the Asian woman?

The Asian Culture embodies a wealth of beautiful traditions. Commonly recognized in movies is white make-up and elaborate kimono and hair of a maiko the popular image held of geisha. Movies such as 'Memoir Of Geshia', and Pearl S. Buck's 'The Good Earth ' are some of the novels transformed into movies which highlight Asian women in a submissive nature.

Even though the Asian woman's heritage is respectfully alluring, many Asian women are breaking away from the traditions of their past generation. Asian women are business savvy individuals.

Bella, a college student shares, "I'm bad at math. I need a tutor, yet the first thing people assume is that I'm the one offering math assistance. My family does not own a nail salon or sale wigs at some beauty supply store, the only camera I own is my phone. Yet these stupid stereotypes seem to plague me now and then. There are successful Asian women that are not helpless and dependent on men. South Korean President Park Geun-hye, are not praised enough. The movies view us as submissive, quite and in some cases easy women, expressing their love in a chopped up crazy way of speaking. This is humiliating. The media needs to showcase Asian women in a more respectful light."

'Joy Luck Club' is one of the first movies that showcased Asian women in a more outgoing manner, displaying Asian women who were not afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

Josephine Baker in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergère production "Un Vent de Folie"

Josephine Baker in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergère production "Un Vent de Folie"
Josephine Baker in Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergère production "Un Vent de Folie" | Source

Actress Hattie McDaniel, 1941

Actress Hattie McDaniel, 1941
Actress Hattie McDaniel, 1941 | Source

What is the stigma behind the stereotypes of the black woman?

The stigma goes further back for the black woman. During the era of slavery black women were labeled as being nothing more than maids with a tough love approach. This stereotype followed the black woman to Hollywood.

Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award. Winning for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Even though the black woman had to start somewhere, playing a maid was the beginning. This did not take away the fact that Hattie McDaniel's was a talented actress paving the way for upcoming black female Actresses such as Whoopi Goldberg, who went on to be the second black woman to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Oda Mae Brown, and the first woman ever to host the Oscar's in 1999.

"The fact that the media showcases black women as loud and obnoxious, is a let down to our young women." Tempest a freelance artist shares, "Josephine Baker spoke English and French, and was America's first black millionaire businesswoman. Yet, her success is somewhat overshadowed by her banana dance and the skimpy outfit she wore. Tempest continues, "It seems as if the media is bent on interviewing black women who can barley put two sentences together, or women who are loud and disorderly and overweight. Movies showcase us as either strippers or drug users. I also hate it when the media display black women shaking their buttocks all over the place.

And talks about the black woman's hair or weave, who cares? hair is hair. rather we staple it on our head or go without. We should be talking about issues that matter."

"Talk show host Oprah and the first lady Michelle Obama should have a positive impact on our young women.Yet, it appears as if the media is drawn to the negative side of our culture." States Tempest.

Hollywood is doing a better job at showcasing black women in a positive light. And every once in awhile you can look back to find black women such as Diahann Carroll who starred in 'Julia'(1968), one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role.

Nichelle Nichols Star Trek character was a groundbreaking showcasing one of the first interracial kissing scene between between Nichols's character Uhura and Captain Kirk.

Shonda Rhimes an American screenwriter, director and producer. Rhimes is best known as the creator, head writer, and executive producer of the medical drama television series Grey's ''Anatomy and the hit show 'Scandal', introduces black women in smart roles which is also grabbing the interest of younger women, however she is sleeping with a married man, and this is not good. However it's interesting.

Every once in awhile a singing artist will illustrate through song a positive outlook to young black women as Keri Hilson's Pretty Girl Rock.

However in the long run class, must be taught within the home.

Whoopi Goldberg hosting the Oscars®

Keri Hilson - Pretty Girl Rock

Dolores del Río in The Bird of Paradise (1932)

Del Río in The Bird of Paradise (1932)
Del Río in The Bird of Paradise (1932) | Source

What is the stigma behind the stereotypes of the Latina woman?

In 1932 Dolores del Rio stunned audience with her sultry movement in the 'film Bird of Paradise' And the nude scene featuring Dolores del Río swimming naked, had audiences intrigued with the Latin beauty out of Mexico.

"We are known for our curves and food." Rita a court reporter says, " The stereotype that plagues our culture comes off as trashy and rude. I feel that the media enjoys portraying us as illiterate sex hungry women. When in fact our women are intelligent. It is frustrating to see young women buying into how the media portrays our female culture." Rita states.

'Ugly Betty' produced by Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez, and Joel Fields. Introduced millions to the smart young woman who went by the name Betty. This young woman lands a job at a fashion magazine based in Manhattan.

The lead character is played by America Ferrera a superb actress that lit up the screen as a young woman of hope, in which most of us can relate to during certain times in our lives.

The art of dance has always been a special gift within the Latina community. Flamenco Dance is an art within itself which captivates many spectators.

Women such as Eva Durate The first spiritual leader of Argentina should be remembered among women for her powerful role in society.

The Queen of Tejano music" ‘Selena, broke barriers in a music field dominated by men. The singing sensation Selena, made Tejano music accessible to female artist as well. Selena also had the ability to unite cultures together through her beautiful music.

Ugly Betty

Flamenco Dance

Selena - No Me Queda Mas

The Stereotype Woman Poll.

Which Female Race Faces The Worse stereotypes?

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Focus on Inner Beauty

One can't help but to realize that women of all cultures play a unique roll in this world. Not only are we in charge of our own happiness, but what we choose to instill in our young daughters will determine their course in life. True beauty creates the ability to love women of all backgrounds and to encourage one another to do well in such a critical world.

Emunah La-paz.

© 2014 Emunah La Paz


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      Emunah La Paz 4 years ago from Arizona

      Your right M.T. I agree that by not allowing people to corner any individual into a fixed and oversimplified position will force one to judge a person by their distinct characteristics regardless of their cultural background. Thanks for your insightful feedback!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I think all people wind up being put into one or more category that could be stereotyped. Some of these stereotypes are positive and some are negative. We do need to realize that we do not have to fit into the stereotypes that we do not like.

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      Sarah Wolfe 4 years ago from Oregon

      Great hub. I often find the assumptions that people make about white women irritating in my day to day life. Many want to project certain attributes such as passivity (good example) on to you. I am by nature a neurotic, creative misanthrope who people want to treat like the girl next door. It doesn't fit. I despise customer service and yet people naturally assume that is what I should do. It is so difficult to be taken seriously as a professional, a writer and an artist who is 33 years old; so true that it doesn't help that men like Hugh Hefner want to treat us like accessories.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and good for an old fellow like me.