Posts tagged "body image"

Dear Wendy Updates: “Weight Issues” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from "Weighty Issues," whose long-distance boyfriend told her that while she had a pretty face, her weight had started…

By: Wendy Atterberry / March 21, 2011

Women Who Need Lots Of Attention Post Lots Of Facebook Photos

According to a new study, it's not difficult to spot the most attention hungry, insecure women on Facebook and your other favorite social networking sites. You already know who they are because you see their photos every five seconds. Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that the women who posted the most photos of…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 10, 2011

Our Bodies Are No Longer Fruit-Shaped

New research has shown that women would prefer their bodies be referred to as great works of art rather than pieces of fruit. They needed to do a study to figure that out? Really? Anyhow, Triumph, an Australian lingerie line, is embracing this revelation by re-branding our body types. Instead of shopping for under-things for…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 9, 2011

Guy Talk: What’s Wrong With Men’s Bodies?

Like countless American children, I grew up hearing the nursery rhyme that claimed that little boys were made of “snips and snails and puppy-dog tails” while girls were “sugar and spice and everything nice.” Attached as I was as a small boy to our pet dachshund, I thought puppy-dog tails were a fine thing indeed,…

By: Hugo Schwyzer / March 4, 2011

Kate Winslet Was Called “Blubber” As A Kid

"[I was called "blubber"] between the ages of 8 and 11. Looking back on it, I really wasn’t that heavy. I was just stockier than the other sporty, whippy-looking kids. ... You know, I will tell you that when I was heavy, people would say to me — and it was such a backhanded comment…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 2, 2011

Even The Fashion Industry Complains About The Beauty Standards Of The Fashion Industry

You and I aren't the only ones wondering why "high fashion" fetishizes the gamine, undernourished look of 14-year-old girls fresh OTB from Belarus: recently, two insiders from the heart of the industry itself have vocalized their distaste for the fashion world's embrace of the skeletal-thin female form. British designer Giles Deacon, who is the creative…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2011

Girl Talk: My Love/Hate Relationship With Thinspiration Blogs

The other night, I was wading through all the junk scattered around my apartment, starting to panic because I couldn’t find a book I needed to review. I threw out bag after bag of garbage and finally decided to get some dinner, my version of which was a prepackaged frozen entree of organic tofu, vegetable…

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / December 23, 2010

Meet Aimee Mullins: Athlete, Model, Actress, Muse, Double Amputee

If you've not previously encountered Aimee Mullins, she's a pretty extraordinary woman. Born without fibulae, she had her legs amputated below the knee as a toddler. She went on to become a track and field star, a model and muse for designer Alexander McQueen, and performed in artist Matthew Barney's "Cremaster 3" movie. In a…

By: Susannah Breslin / December 14, 2010

Um, No: Ch’Arms, The Bodyshapers For Your Arms

You can blame Michelle Obama for this one. Thanks, Mobama, for making America so obsessed with your sculpted guns. Of course, most of us are too lazy to work out hardcore enough to actually attain Mobama-worthy results. So now there are shaping devices for your arms to fake having toned limbs. In the bizarro mixed-u…

By: Leonora Epstein / November 30, 2010

Portia De Rossi Believes “The Beauty Myth”

"The word 'feminism' has completely disappeared. No one wants to associate themselves with that because the culture did a fantastic job of making feminists ugly, and saying that ugly is the worst thing a woman could possibly be. So anyone associated with feminism, or anyone who willingly calls herself a feminist, is considered ugly. So…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2010

MTV’s Newest Reality Show? “I Used To Be Fat”

Drunk off the success of "16 & Pregnant" and "Jersey Shore," MTV is adding another reality TV show to its line-up: "I Used To Be Fat." The show follows overweight teenagers between their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college as they drop the pounds to reveal a "new" self. Each…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2010

I Feel Sorry For The Marie Claire “Fatties” Author

I have a high threshold for sexist, sizeist, classist, and racist things that people write on the internet because I've seen so much of it over the years. But the MarieClaire.com article by Maura Kelly titled "Should 'Fatties' Get A Room?" -- which we told you about yesterday -- was above-and-beyond disgusting. Kelly wrote that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2010

“OK!” Magazine Co-Opts Bullying For Stars “Bullied For Their Weight”

The effects of bullying are in the news everywhere lately, from the teen girl, Megan Meier, who killed herself after being harassed on MySpace, to Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi and the spate of copycat suicides that followed him. As crushing as the reports of each new suicide can be, I'm also grateful that the mainstream…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 21, 2010

MovieReshape Turns Celebrity Bean Poles Into Brawny Hunks

Have you ever looked at an actor's body and thought, I know he or she doesn't look like that in real life, while watching a movie, TV show or music video? Well, I have, and I've always wondered how they did that. Turns out it's done by using a something called MovieReshape, which enables a…

By: Susannah Breslin / October 19, 2010

Hold That Latte, Lady! Extra Pounds Could Chop $13K Off Your Salary (But Dudes, Go Right Ahead)

You know you'll get penalized at work if you stumble in every day of the week at 11 a.m. hungover. Who knew your salary would be penalized for binging on those Mallomars in your desk, too? An analysis of two studies, one tracking over 11,000 Germans and one tracking almost 12,000 Americans, found women who…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 13, 2010

We’re With Vintage Cybill On Her Anti-Photoshopping Stance

Remember the late-'90s show "Cybill," starring Cybill Shepherd? Here's a clip from our favorite episode in which Cybill models for a shoe campaign only to find a billboard of herself with an incredibly Photoshopped body. Outraged about her lack of curves, she and her pal sneak up to the billboard at night to paint i…

By: Leonora Epstein / October 1, 2010

Woman With World’s Largest Breasts Finally Has Her Circus Boobs Removed

Earlier this summer, the world met Sheyla Hershey of Houston, Texas, who possesses the world's biggest breasts. Sheyla's knockers measure in at 38KKK, courtesy of some sketchy-sounding surgery that took place in Brazil because plastic surgery laws there are looser. Alas, Sheyla learned the hard way that carrying around a gallon of silicone in your…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2010

W Magazine Says “The Girl Who Eats Her Feelings” Is A Back-To-School Look

"The girl who eats her feelings" is a new trend-setting clique to emulate, says W magazine's recent piece on back-to-school style. If they were trying to describe the trend of wearing "curve-enhancing dresses worn with plenty of attitude," why would they call that dressing like "the girl who eats her feelings"? That's just ... being…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2010

What Will Jessica Simpson’s “Real Models” Look Like At Fashion Week?

Jessica Simpson: crusader for pro-curves causes or hypocrite with too many body insecurities? The pop star has certainly been vocal about body acceptance, voicing her opinion recently in Lucky that, "We all obsess over looking like the perfect Barbie type, and that's not always what's beautiful." But she has also been known to present inconsistencies

By: Leonora Epstein / August 27, 2010
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