This essay offers a reflection on my own personal experience with a particular painting at the Lowe Art Museum on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. It was a pivotal point in my learning experience here, as, in staring into the eyes of this painting I was effectively staring into the eyes of a key point in our society. Staring down the barrel of a gun loaded with the oversexualization and exploitation of women, all for the sake of advertisement. It made me feel dirty, to stand there and bear witness to this naked truth. Yet, it is this naked truth that spurs on my story. This essay I hope will incite self-reflection of others and the way they themselves view women, as well as consideration on the tactics often undertaken by advertisement companies. In short, be wary, for this very exploitation, I realized is here, and has almost always been.
How to Cite:
Mompoint, J., 2017. I once thought I was beautiful. Then I saw a magazine. Audley Webster Memorial Essay Contest, p.6.