Of course as is anything in the west the media not only dictates but also educates, still images rare it is that any have not seen photoshop and there the digital enhancement that editors desire. Of course this is unfair as few naturally meet that criteria there indicating the few are not the norm, but media continues to dictate and educate and that whilst western society is getting larger all the time,it causes much heartache for many.
And what media creates translates to many a venue, because media has educated audiences to expect to see what media has said is the iconic impression of beauty. Of course beauty sells and can sell a business, so the desire is for the rare or unreal. But of those people who align with the ideal what life can they have to stay on top, for sure is it not just another form of slavery to fit into others ideals ?
From experience the afore mentioned ideal that media has created, those whom I have met that conform to the ideal, as people, they are not people I wish to spend time with because they themselves have an ideal of what a suitor should look like and are so good at pointing out faults.
I used to like skinny chicks because they are a female version of me, but given what I know many a skinny chick that does not do drugs has to go through to slow down what nature has decided makes for a person who is basically an unrelaxed pain in the backside, so now my aim is natural people, people who live and enjoy life, not fat but fat in the right places, a person that cares about their appearance but is not so anal to ascribe to a media ideal.
Where I saw my ideal in belly dance, was a Nath Keo performance, he dancing with seven females, all of them to me real women. The performance was on youtube but has I believe since been taken down, it was a dance to walla marra, even the comments to the video described real women and what women should look like in belly dance, which was not the media ideal.
Media has a large responsibility, but what people have to realise is media is a fantasy.