Posts tagged "beauty standards"

Babies Should Hate Their Thighs, That’s Normal, LMAO (Not)

Oh, the scent of dumb bullshit in the morning. Today, it’s this adorable onesie from Wrybaby that reads “I hate my thighs” and is presumably targeted at baby girls. Because there’s nothing like parents projecting their own body insecurities and our culture’s unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies onto infants who can’t speak yet, don’t…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 11, 2015

Watch How The “Ideal” Female Body Has Changed Throughout History

In this video, BuzzFeed enlists 11 models to give us a look at how female body standards have changed over the course of 3,000 years. Today's (impossible) beauty standards may seem like they're here to stay, but they've changed in the past and will undoubtedly evolve again. It's cringey to think of desired body type…
By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2015

Here’s Everything On Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad That Was Photoshopped

Well, it turns out that Justin Bieber’s pubes weren’t the only thing Photoshopped in his Calvin Klein ads. An unretouched photo acquired by BreatheHeavy.com (good luck clicking the link, the site has been down with traffic for a…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 9, 2015

How To Make Yourself Look Fabulously Ugly With Makeup Apps

Over the summer, I joined a group on Facebook for makeup tips, and one of the geniuses there alerted the group to the existence of makeup apps, specifically ModiFace and Perfect365. The apps are meant to apply makeup to your pictures so that when you post them on social media you don’t look…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 14, 2014

My Anaconda Don’t Give A %$#& What You Think About Nicki Minaj’s Butt Implants (Or Plastic Surgery In General)

All four of the women in my immediate family have had plastic surgery. One of us had a breast augmentation, one of us had a breast reduction. Two of us had our eyelids lifted. One of us had body contouring done, one of us had a necklift, one of us had surgery under her eyes,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 23, 2014

8 Ways I’ve Been Made To Feel About My Asian Eyes

1. I’m 15 and for the first time in my life, a teacher calls me out on sleeping in class when I’ve been awake the whole time. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened earlier, because kids have made fun of my eyes since preschool. Times are a-changing I guess. I’m the only Asian in my class, one…
By: Robin Yang / August 2, 2014

The Soapbox: Ciara’s “Inelegant” New Hairstyle And The Politics Of Black Hair

Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all genders sport, sparked discussion both among fans and style outlets. One in particular, People magazine’s StyleWatch section, posted a story Tuesday…
By: Hannah Giorgis / July 9, 2014

To Learn More About Cultural Beauty Standards, This Woman Asked Artists From 25 Different Countries To Photoshop Her Face

When American journalist Esther Honig sent her un-retouched photo to over 40 Photoshop artists around the world, she received a vastly different virtual makeover from each. "With a cost ranging from five to thirty dollars, and the hope that each designer will pull from their personal and cultural constructs of beauty to enhance my unaltered…
By: Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

American Apparel’s Latest Lingerie Model Is A Gorgeous, Grey-Haired 62-Year-Old

American Apparel's latest lingerie model is gorgeous, standing at six-feet tall with long hair and beautiful full lips. She is also 62. Jacky O'Shaughnessey is modeling once again for American Apparel, only this time she stripped down for their lingerie line. The tagline on Jacky's beautiful image reads, "Sexy has no expiration date."…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 30, 2014

The Soapbox: On “Pretty Hurts” & Beyonce’s Critique Of Airbrushed Beauty Culture

Three or so days in, I've listened to Beyonce's new, self-titled record straight through at least a dozen times. I say with all seriousness that I believe it is her masterpiece, one of those increasingly rare albums in which every track is essential to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2013

Brilliant Photoshop Project Shows That “Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep”

Art student Anna Hill, 24, has been using Photoshop for over a decade and knows exactly how much magazine images are digitally altered to achieve that "better than perfect" look. To illustrate this disturbing fact of modern day media, she turned her Photoshop skills on her own self portraits to create a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 13, 2013

EBONY Declares Today #NationalAfroDay In Honor Of Vanessa Van Dyke

Earlier this week, we fell in love with 12-year-old badass Vanessa Van Dyke (and her supportive momma!) for not letting her private school enforce racist beauty standards on her hair. The Orlando, Florida, student complained about bullying from students over her Afro and school administrators responded by demanding that Vanessa straighten or cut…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

Florida School Threatens To Expel Black Student Unless She Straightens Or Cuts Her Hair

Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, has forced 12-year-old Vanessa Van Dyke, a Black student who rocks a mane of natural hair, to either straighten her hair or cut it off — or be expelled. The school claims her hairstyle is in violation of the school dress code, which says, "Hair must be a natural…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

“Feminist” Ex-Politician Louise Mensch Now Runs Fashion Site “Unfashionista” With Tips On “Man-Pleasing”

Once upon a time, a woman named Louise Mensch was an MP for Britain's Tory political party. Last summer, Mensch suddenly resigned [last item], saying she could not juggle her young family and being a politician at the same time. Since then, Mensch has taken up a somewhat ... surprising ... pursuit: she now…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2013

True Story: My Boss Told Me My Hair And Makeup Were Holding Me Back

There are these women, in Tory Burch flats, with their hair styled, their button-downs starched, and the vents in the backs of their knee-length pencil skirts never rumpled or creased. I know this is true because I see them everyday, slogging along to work, just like me, with their perfectly applied nude lips and their…
By: Rebecca Jane Stokes / October 17, 2012

And You Thought Your Stilettos Were Uncomfortable…

Artist Leanie van der Vyver created these insanely high leather heels, aptly titled "Scary Beautiful," to draw attention to the strange and intense ways humans alter themselves to achieve "perfection." The front heel requires the wearer to lean forward onto their shins in order to stand and walk upright(ish). Extreme? Yes, but if you had…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 9, 2012

Meet The Winner Of Israel’s Plus-Size Beauty Pageant

This beautiful woman is 22-year-old Vered Fisher, a member of the intelligence unit of the Israeli army who was crowned "Miss Large" after beating out 15 other contestants in a plus-size pageant. As weirded out as I am about beauty pageants in general, and as much as I wish there didn't have to be a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 20, 2012

The Latest Miracle Beauty Product? Fotoshop By Adobé

This hilarious (and painfully accurate) video reimagines Photoshop as a beauty product that can erase acne, whiten teeth, make you skinny, and even change your race. Over a pulsing techno track, models pose and flip their hair while the narrator explains "Just one application of photoshop can give you results so dramatic they're almost unrealistic."…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 12, 2012

50 Reasons You Are Beautiful

When legendary sex symbol Bo Derek appeared on Oprah a few months ago, Oprah kept pressing her to tell the world something profound about being a beautiful woman, and Bo kept brushing off the questions, saying, "It's just about the way the bones line up." That felt pretty profound to me. In our culture, the…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 3, 2011

“Sesame Street” Schools Black Girls On The Beauty Of Their Hair

"Sesame Street" has aired a new song, "I Love My Hair," aimed at young black girls to teach them to value and love their natural hair. The character dances and sings in every little girl hairstyle imaginable, from a small Afro to ponytails to cornrows to twists. This is an important lesson for black girl…
By: Annika Harris / October 15, 2010
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