Lauren Conrad Bans The Word “Skinny” From Her Website

This swimsuit season, Lauren Conrad has banned negative body talk on her website. She writes:

…Our June theme here on is going to be Shape Up. You can expect all the great fitness content you’ve come to know and love here on the site, including my Bikini Boot Camp series. But, you’ll also notice one key difference…

When we’ve talked about getting in shape in the past, words like “skinny,” “slim,” and “thin” have often come up. Starting this month, we’ll be banning any body shaming terms from the site, and replacing them with words like “fit” “toned,” and “healthy.” We try do to this for the most part anyway, but now we’re making it official! The word skinny will now be reserved for skinny jeans. My editorial team and I had a long talk about it, and we want to make sure that the focus is on being fit as opposed to a number on the scale. Every body is created differently—and healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

As it should be! I love this, though I wish we lived in a world where eliminating such things were a norm instead of something that garnered headpats. We’ll get there someday, right? Body-negative words are so embedded into our everyday language that they have the insidious ability to slip out of our mouths before we even notice and unconsciously frame the way we look at ourselves. We can do better. Now, let’s see if we can’t get all the lady mags in the grocery store aisles to take Lauren’s lead on this one (I wish)!

[Us Weekly]