Fashion’s Potential to Influence Culture

The unhealthy culture or pop culture has the potential to influence how the young teens dress when they shop for clothes and hairstyle when they go to the best barbershop in their neighbourhood.¬†Especially young girls because they tend to see the celebrities as their role model, thus they will eventually follow the celebrities’ style or fashion. Being a good role model is something that these celebrities should be proud of because they can inspire many people by being successful in what they are doing which includes their work and personal life. However, being a bad role model is what they should avoid and they should not feel proud of it.

Firstly, the issue that is getting more attention today is the sexualisation on how teenagers especially young girls dress because in today’s world, sexualisation occurs in our everyday life in many ways from media and advertisements to clothing and toys marketed for girls. Many studies have stated that sexualisation in women and girls can be found easily rather than men and the consequences are not only for girls but to the whole society also. Digital media today such as movies, music videos, Internet and televisions also have the potential to influence the teenagers’ behaviour especially young girls and their revealing clothing.

This is so much worrying to the parents because Western countries are producing many bad celebrities that are not wearing the right clothing the way most of the parents expected such as Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. Furthermore, Miley Cyrus is known for her twerking that may influence young girls. A report has stated that 28 teenage girls and 3 teenage boys were given a two-day suspension for shooting a twerking video and they posted it on Youtube. In addition to that, it is also believed that toys marketed for young girls are also one of the reasons why young girls nowadays dress provocatively. The famous toys marketer, Mattel has produces many toys and one of them is Barbie which is marketed for young girls from age 14 and above. This issue becomes a big issue when Barbie has been replaced by the wild dolls, Bratz. The name itself is portraying what Bratz is actually looked like because Bratz fashion ranges from the infants wearing makeup to teenagers wearing fishnets, miniskirts and outrageous outfits, which is why the reason behind these dolls is to teach the young girls to be “brats” in their fashion sense.

Their addiction towards the dolls is worrying not only the to Western parents but also Muslim parents because the dolls are educating young girls to wear skintight pants and revealing clothing¬†even when they are going to schools. This shows that the roles of pop culture and fashion industry play an important role in shaping children’s sense of morality in choosing the right clothing.

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