Verily Magazine co-founder: ‘Beauty is not something with a price tag’

MARGARET BOYLAN
STAFF WRITER

Why not focus on how to make the world better and become the woman one is meant to become instead of focusing on how to make one’s body better, asked Verily Magazine’s co-founder Feb. 22 .

Ashley Crouch spoke to a Gentile Gallery full of Franciscan women about the value and natural beauty of women and how to share that with the world.

Verily Magazine’s Ashley Crouch speaks to the women of campus on the meaning of natural beauty. (Photo by Elizabeth Feudo)

Being in the magazine industry, Crouch gave some good insights on fashion magazines’ portrayal of beauty.

“Media images tell us so much about the way that our body looks, or should look, and how we should act,” said Crouch. “And what the media says is what defines our own sense of self-worth … and the more we show of our bodies, the skinnier we are, the sexier we are, the more beautiful we are, according to the media.”

Crouch said that behind every picture in a fashion magazine is 20 people.

“All these images have been Photoshopped to make us feel insecure, so that we would buy products, because that’s what’s supposed to be the answer,” said Crouch.

Studies have shown that 70 percent of girls feel insecure after reading a fashion magazine for three minutes, said Crouch.

“Beauty is not something with a price tag,” said Crouch. “It’s not something we can contribute value to as a tool. It’s not something we should abuse. It’s something we should have because of who we already are, and it is priceless.”

So, rather than focusing on how to lose weight, why not focus on how to make the world a better place, and be the women our daughters would want us to be, asked Crouch.

Melissa Siegler, senior English writing major and president of Exc!te, said, “I think it’s is a topic that really resonates with a lot of women on campus. … It’s just something that all women struggle with, and all women just want to feel beautiful and loved, and I think the way she presented it really means a lot to the students here.”

Megan Reznicek, freshman English and communications arts major, said, “I really felt like everything she said about the beauty, in the way it comes from the media is so true. … And something that I took away from this was just her advice to think about how we don’t get to beauty from having to feel wanted and accepted, but yet we already have this beauty.”

Crouch’s speech was hosted by Exc!te.

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