Beauty of Giselle and the Beast of Lebron

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The Beast of Lebron and the Beauty of Giselle
It has always been quoted from time to time that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, what we see is not always necessarily beauty but sometimes just an individual perspective of the viewer’s sense of the images they see. You see all of these different types of mainstream media that heavily influence and criticize our culture so negatively by the creators and executives who sometimes put there spin on the way we see and view things. Advertisements, movies, internet, radio and TV are sometimes with their images convey hate, racism, and inequality. For example, take Gisele a world’s top model, and a NBA star athlete Lebron James and you put them on the front cover of Vogue’s April 2008
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This stereotype of Giselle as a white women further relates to her facial expression that white women are most of the time pleasant and that they never express themselves as angry human beings by the way her expression is portrayed and viewed in the magazine.
Furthermore, the posture of Lebron’s ape like stance while holding Giselle in his left hand is very symbolic of the movie King Kong. King Kong is a legendary fictional animal of large proportion and is often reference to stereotypes of black people being ape-like animals resembling King Kong. When Lebron is standing there in his pose it is absolutely clear to the viewer and readers of Vogue magazine that he is being used as an example of King Kong. For instance, according to an internet source, “Many likened it’s symbolism to the 1930’s King Kong, where a huge black ape grips a fair maiden in one hand while growling and swatting at her would-be rescuers” (http://edc1creations.wordpress.com)
Therefore, the pose of Lebron looks exactly like King Kong in the movie and stereotypes a black man being portrayed as a beast. For Vogue to choose this "beastly" ape like stance of Lebron (the first black male on the cover) makes you wonder” Is this what they think of us?" I'm sure he smiled during the photo shoot but no, this is the image Vogue chooses. Is that how you want the first black man on the cover of Vogue magazine to be

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