- Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) in Clueless
In Clueless everything is surrounded about being the beautiful high school teen, that everyone at some point in their life has probably dreamed of being. So in the movie, as I’m sure most people know theres a new girl who starts school late, Tai, which in high school is obviously a very difficult thing to do. But ‘luckily’ for her she is taken under Cher and Dionne’s wing and given a make over (new clothes and hair style) and then suddenly everyone pays attention to her.
This character is no where near unattractive to begin with, she was just herself. And I feel this is definitely a reoccurring theme in so many teen movies I watched growing up, especially being a girl. As long as you were pretty and popular in high school then that was the main thing, and if you weren’t naturally gifted with watch society has created as the typical “beautiful high school teen” looks which in 99% of the movies is a slim, beautiful, white girl, then change yourself as much as you can to become this.
This is such a problematic thing to be the main topic in so many of the movies that so many of us grew up watching.
One because obviously most of us don’t look like who we see in the movies. It’s so engraved into these that there’s only really one type of pretty, and most of us don’t fit the mould. That’s why I’m so happy that nowadays there are people breaking these moulds, as it’s so important for young people to see people who look like them being shown in a positive way in media! Although I feel movies and TV still have a little bit of catching to do in this department.
Two because we’re shown from these movies that in high school the most important thing is to be pretty and popular, not clever, creative, sporty or watch ever else you should really be working on in high school. There is so much more important things then being pretty and popular in school (and the rest of your life), but no one can really deny that they didn’t feel a bit shit because they weren’t that popular, and wasn’t the type of pretty that people would pay attention too.
And a lot of us still carry these connotations into later life, the ones that we learnt watching harmless chick flicks and teen movies as a kid.
So I’m here for people breaking the mould of what we’re conditioned to think is pretty. For girls to be shown that they’re worth so much more then just the way they look. And to be honest, I’m here for a big UP YOURS to the way society taught is the right way to be a girl.
I want to show it’s great to look different, be different, and think different then who were so used to seeing as the ideal.