By Isaiah Workinger
The amount of guys growing out their hair has drastically increased over the past few months. When going out in public now you look around and see guys with “flows” everywhere (flow refers to long hair).
The internet definitely has influences in today’s culture. Movie stars and college athletes play a role in why long hair is becoming popular. College athletes can be seen with hair flowing out of their helmets which some guys think is cool. Also, famous male stars, like Orlando Bloom can also be seen rocking a man bun.
Some guys participate in this fad because they like their hair flowing out of their football or lacrosse helmet. Senior Erik Paules added “Gotta have the lettuce.” Others just think they look good with it, so they roll with it. This trending style looks as though it is here to stay for the next few years.
Girls are also an influence on the choice of hair. “I think girls like it up to a point,” senior Brooks Argento said. “I’m starting to get to that point.”
Some girls like it more than others. “Long hair is luscious and beautiful” said sophomore Abby Castle.
Out of all the people who were asked for their opinion on guys having a flow, girls responded most of the time that it depends on the guy. Contrary to that, most boys with short hair said they don’t like the long hair look. It really does just depends on the person you ask.
Guys with long hair just generally like how they look with it, and that is what matters most. “It’s freakin sweet,” senior Cole Snyder said when asked about his hair. As long as their hair looks good, and they keep pulling the ladies, they’ll keep the flow.
By Raven Rodriguez
Social media heavily affects teens and their body image. The awareness one has of their body image can come as a result of the things they group with. “It starts with exposure at a young age and people that they look up to,” former health teacher Mrs. Sam Smith said.
If the person that someone looks up to is a certain body weight or type, they may try to mimic them and achieve a similar physique, even if it’s not necessarily healthy. Comments that are repeatedly said over and over while growing up can also have an impact.
It can also have things to do with like what you see when you Are younger, from barbie dolls for girls and figurines for boys. and even more the disney princesses.
Body image can be linked to seeking attention. Body image issues don’t only affect girls, they affect guys just as much. It can be in ways as simple as taking vitamin supplements (and not being in a sport) to having a better looking body.
If one grows up with parents that are very health conscious, it is very possible that they will grow up to be health conscious as well. It can either have a good impact or the complete opposite. Social media tries to portray models as being healthy even if their appearance is not realistic for the average teenager or healthy.
“They think that if they see it on social media it’s okay, but anyone can put anything on social media. Not everything that is on social media has a reliable source and people don’t seem to notice that,” said Mrs. Smith.
With this day and age, people post things all over social media for attention/approval. It impacts their self image. Almost everyone goes on social media, it’s a place of comfort for some people.
Having body image issues can lead to low self esteem but its not only body image that leads to having a low self esteem. It can also lead to things such as eating disorders.
Health teachers, guidance counselors, a doctor, or a parent are all reputable sources to seek out if one is struggling with body image issues, and ultimately one can make goals with them.
By Allie Burd
Pinterest, launched in March of 2010, has become popular in the lives of many Red Lion students.
Many turn to pinterest for guidance to their everyday lives.
Pinterest is a website and application that offers the sharing of DIY (Do It Yourself) Fashion, Food, and many more categories onto ones “boards”. These boards are created and decorated by the “pinner” virtually and serve as categories for the different things pinned.
Other categories on Pinterest include gifts, videos, men’s fashion, education, tattoos, outdoors, and quotes. Pinterest is also used by over 70 million people all over the world.
Red Lion student, senior Emily Hylind said, “I go onto Pinterest for hairstyles, beauty tips, and fashion ideas. Pinterest is where I learned to do things like my makeup, and I learned how to wear certain outfits. I also go for work out plans, and recently I’ve been learning how to decorate my future dorm room.”
Another Red Lion student has only begun to use it more recently in the past couple of months. senior Stone McCreary “I was introduced to Pinterest by Mr. Christian Castle. I pin clothing ideas, quotes, superheros, I mean basically everything. I even found most of the stuff for my Christmas list on Pinterest.”
And it looks like not only the senior class has been involved in the Pinterest phenomenon.
Jayda Francisco, grade 10 said, “I look at Pinterest for all the DIY, even though I never attempt to do it. I just love looking at everything on there.”
By Phoenix Ashman
Prom, one of the most dreamed about nights. Months are spent in advance picking out hairstyles, nail designs, and – most importantly – the dresses. The Red Lion Area Senior High School’s drive committee hosted the first Dress Drive for girls attending prom or homecoming in the upcoming fall.
Students and staff were able to donate or take dresses for consignment on March 3-6, and March 19. The Drive committee collected over three hundred dresses in those four days, as well as on March 22 when the committee sold the dresses. Free accessories were also available for anyone who attended.
The idea for the Dress Drive came from a local parent. The Dress Drive’s goal was to provide dresses to girls that could not afford one.
The committee sponsored two salons at the drive: Darby’s Salon and Mindy Rutzebeck’s Salon. Both salons set up tables and Rutzebeck’s Salon had a hair styling station. The girls could get their hair done and see what different hairstyles they could try out for prom.
The turnout for this year’s dress drive was not as good as expected. Mrs. Dennish said, “We’re looking into doing it again next year. We’ll see how successful this one is. There are a lot of dresses here that girls could wear to homecoming as well.”
The Dress Drive sold 10 of the consigned dresses and an estimated 15-20 of the donated dresses where chosen by the students and staff. The Drive Committee gave the consigned dresses that were not purchased back to their owners along with the money from the bought dresses on Thursday April 3.
“We’re considering having another Dress Drive later in the year, closer to homecoming. I think it’ll be more successful then.” Mrs. Dennish added about future Dress Drive events.
By Taylor Bosley
In January, the magazine company Cosmopolitan, popular among women, released a photo of a model with the caption including the phrase “plus size model.” This outraged many people as they said that she was a healthy woman. This brought up the argument that women’s bodies are constantly being labeled as too big or too small.
Students at Red Lion Senior High are aware of the media’s take on women’s bodies in society. Senior NaToshia Spear noticed this in the Facebook post by Cosmopolitan featuring “plus size” model Robyn Lawley. She thinks labeling women on their body size is inappropriate.
“A model is supposed to be just that: a model. Someone that people can idolize. Therefore labeling a model plus size takes away from it. Weight doesn’t define beauty,” Spear said.
In media and social networking, there has also been media shunning on women that are “too small.”
“Any insult, especially pertaining to a woman’s weight, is wrong,” Spear said on if society views insults to smaller women similar to insults towards someone larger.
Junior Ellen Weaver was also aware of the Cosmopolitan photo of model Lawley and partially blames the label of “plus size” on the complexity of the fashion industry.
“I don’t think her being called a plus sized model is fair, but I think the fashion industry is very complicated as far as weight and modeling,” Weaver said about the photo.
Since Weaver sees the fashion industry as such a large part of society, she thinks that there should be changes in the way they label women.
At the high school level, Weaver thinks that the effects of bullying based off of weight is an issue people should learn about, so that everyone is aware of the effects and so that the bullying may stop.
Many people are not a fan of the way the media labels men and women’s bodies, as they view it as bullying in ways similar to a magazine calling a woman “plus size” or a teenager at school calling someone fat.
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