I recently signed up for six sessions with a personal trainer, LaMarcus, and told him my goals: get more toned and lose a few pounds.
Then he weighed me. I clocked in at 125, and he asked me if that’s what I expected. “Yeah, but I’d prefer to be closer to 122,” I told him. WHAT? As the words came out of my mouth I realized how ridiculous that probably sounded. Why do I even need a trainer for that? I’m not overweight. I know this (if not by looking at myself, then by furiously Googling “healthy body weights”). But that doesn’t stop me from telling myself that I am. Sometimes. I’m a pretty confident person. But, on some days, I can’t help but hate my body.
My self-diagnoses? I’m a Body Image Waffler. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama spoke this weekend at the memorial service for beloved author Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86. Her tearful and touching speech remembers Angelou for celebrating Black women’s beauty. “Oh, how desperately black girls needed that message,” the First Lady said. “As a young woman, I needed that message.”
Read Mrs. Obama’s full speech after the jump:
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“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
Melissa McCarthy is starting her own plus-size clothing line, and she told Redbook that a big reason for that is how few trendy options she’s been able to find as a curvy woman. Ugh. It is so inexcusable that any person, let alone someone as awesome as McCarthy, was fat-shamed while gearing up for the Oscars. That should be a thrilling moment in somebody’s life, and I hate that it was overshadowed by designers refusing to dress her because of her size. It’s awesome that she’s taking matters into her own hands. I can’t wait to see what fabulous clothes she’ll come up with! [Huffington Post] [Image via Pacific Coast News]
This is a clothing label produced by a Japanese brand called, fittingly, Fatyo, which has opted to forgo the traditional sizing model of small, medium, large, and extra-large, and instead label clothing with “twitch,” “skinny,” “fat,” and “jumbo.” Well, these terms are definitely … descriptive, if not particularly flattering. Would you ever buy a piece of clothing that had the word “fat” on the label? What about “twitch”? Maybe we should just stick to numbers? Those work pretty well. [UPI]
We’re on the cusp of “bikini season,” if magazines in the grocery shore checkout line are to be believed. I’m sure you’re familiar with the wide variety of products — ones that remove hair, ones that firm up jiggly thighs, ones that promise to burn stomach fat — which supposedly get a body ready for a teensy two-piece.
Want to know my secret for getting a bikini body? Buy a bikini. Put it on. Voila.
But, we don’t live in a society that allows people to just put on a bathing suit and not think twice about it. Instead, we live in a time and space where we are inundated with messages of what the “right” type of body looks like. I felt and absorbed those messages growing up, and that was before the 24/7 barrage of media via the Internet. I remember going through my tween and teen years, always giving a second or third glance in the mirror. I never felt 100 percent comfortable in my skin. Keep reading »
When you move into a new house and you’re busy and disorganized and don’t live anywhere near a Target, sometimes intriguing social experiments arise out of nowhere. Case in point: I have lived in my new place for a month and still don’t have a full-length mirror. I just haven’t gotten around to buying one, which means that I haven’t had regular access to my full-length reflection for 30 days. There are a couple mirrors in the house that were left by the previous owners, but their placement only lets me see myself from the shoulders up. Everything below that, I’m just catching occasional glimpses in the glare of the our living room window and hoping I look OK. Here are five results of my accidental no-mirror experiment so far… Keep reading »
Ladies (and gentlemen), let’s talk about boobs.
Specifically, let’s talk about boob acceptance. Yes, I said it: boob acceptance. Because so many companies want us to feel bad about our boobs. The media is so ready to rate actresses based on cup size. Magazines tell small-chested ladies not to wear bandeau bathing suit tops because it’s not “flattering” — flattering meaning “big breasted.” (More on this later.)
There’s nothing wrong with having big breasts. And there’s nothing wrong with having small breasts, either. Keep reading »
What would Botticelli’s Birth of Venus look like if the star of the painting had been airbrushed? If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look.
Lauren Wade, photo editor at TakePart, used GIFs to alter the body sizes of some of history’s most beautiful portrayals of the female body to fit today’s beauty standards, and the results are pretty appalling. We’ve all seen the photos and videos of just how dramatic the effects of Photoshop are, but for some reason, watching these paintings transform feels so much more jarring. The full collection can be seen here. Maybe Vogue and Glamour should take a look at them too and take a cue from the original paintings – softer bodies are just as beautiful as today’s supermodels! [TakePart]
You may remember Australian mom Taryn Brumfitt from the unconventional “before and after” photos she released in 2013, which showcased her transition from an ultra-fit body-building physique to an equally beautiful post-baby body. The images went viral, and in the months since then, Brumfitt was inspired to create a documentary, “Embrace,” that encourages women to love their bodies as much as she loves hers — because like many others, the shift to self-acceptance wasn’t easy for Brumfitt. This trailer really strikes a cord, especially because Brumfitt’s honesty about her tough road to loving herself is much more relatable than the simplistic “everyone is beautiful!” rhetoric that puts responsibility on us to somehow magically ignore the constant barrage of advertising and entertainment that tells us otherwise. Keep reading »
“Louie, you know what the meanest thing is you can say to a fat girl? ‘You’re not fat.’ I mean, come on, buddy. It just sucks. It really really sucks. You have no idea. And the worst part is, I’m not even supposed to do this. Tell anyone how bad it sucks, because it’s too much for people. I mean, you, you can talk into the microphone and say you can’t get a date, you’re overweight. It’s adorable. But if I say it, they call the suicide hotline on me. I mean, can I just say it? I’m fat. It sucks to be a fat girl. Can people just let me say it? It sucks. It really sucks. And I’m going to go ahead and say it. It’s your fault.
Look, I really like you, you’re truly a good guy, I think. I’m so sorry. I’m picking you. On behalf of all the fat girls, I’m making you represent all the guys. Why do you hate us so much? What is is about the basics of human happiness, feeling attractive, feeling loved, having guys chase after us, that’s just not in the cards for us? Nope. Not for us. How is that fair? And why am I supposed to just accept it?”
This is an excerpt of an amazing speech given by actress Sarah Baker, who plays Vanessa, Louis CK’s potential love interest on this week’s episode of “Louie.” Vanessa is a smart, funny, ebullient waitress who just happens to be fat, which makes Louie hesitant to start a relationship with her. Him sheepishly muttering, “You’re not fat” sets off one of the most honest, vulnerable discussions of weight and dating I’ve ever seen on a TV show. Watch the whole scene above, and read this great interview with Sarah for some behind-the-scenes insights on the episode. [Via Jezebel]