Ana’s mother is fat and feels depressed about it. Her mother wants Ana to share her depression thus constantly telling her “You are so pretty but…” or “If you lost some weight…”Another scene that illustrates this is when his boyfriend or love interest tells her “You are not fat. You are beautiful.” As if you cannot be beautiful and fat but rather you can only be beautiful by not being fat.
Media and pop culture help shape public opinion and social standards and with the onslaught of unrealistic physical images, it leaves a haunting impression to teenage girls that are sometimes self-destructive. However Ana’s robust physique and Latina roots doubles the burden of her struggle. Schooler claims that “Contextualizing Latina girls body image development requires an appreciation of these two sets of values and an understanding of the process by which Latina girls traverse the borders between them. Girls who are more acculturated into mainstream American culture may be more likely to endorse the dominant thin ideal; because this ideal is unattainable to nearly all girls, regardless of ethnicity, these girls may feel worse about their own bodies than girls who are less acculturated and who endorse a Latino/a body ideal” (136).
Physical attributes are crucial factors in teenage girls or young women of today. It is a common misconception that a female’s progress in life is solely on based on her physique and attractiveness. Contrary to this, the movie depicts how Ana struggled from fitting in to accepting her flaws to embracing and celebrating her image. She even encouraged her friends to do the same.
Women are commonly portrayed in films as submissive characters. However, we see more movies or TV series nowadays that women take charge of their destinies or play significant roles in society. Examples are Hermione Granger of Harry Potter, Daenerys Targeryen in the