Posts tagged "body image"

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. I…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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 wome…
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…
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…
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…
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…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 27, 2010

Jessica Simpson Is Talking About Her Body. Again.

Jessica Simpson really fails at this setting-a-good-example thing. I know "The Price of Beauty," her VH1 reality show, tries to impart the idea that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. She's even referred to the show as being like "missionary work" for her. But Jessica certainly doesn't further her ow…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2010

Quotable: Michelle Obama Doesn’t Talk Weight With Her Girls

“We have conversations around health, food, and activity. I tell them sports are something I want them to engage in because it’s good for them. It’s good to practice teamwork, to understand what it means to suffer a loss, to win with grace. It has nothing to do with weight, it has everything to do…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 7, 2010

Would You Rather … Have Crystal Renn, Agyness Deyn, Or Heidi Klum’s Body?

Welcome to Would You Rather, a game in which we concoct hypothetical style dilemmas and ask you to choose which option’s worse. It might not seem like it, but there is quite a bit of variance in model bodies. Take the following, for example: Crystal Renn (the "curvy" model), Heidi Klum (the…
By: Leonora Epstein / July 29, 2010

Kim Kardashian Dispenses Body Image Advice Over Twitter

Jessica Alba is not the only woman in the world with a fan desperate to get plastic surgery to look like her. This weekend, Kim Kardashian instructed a fan over Twitter not to get "head to toe plastic surgery." Like Alba's fan who was trying to win back an ex-boyfriend, the woma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2010

Tavi’s Open Letter To Seventeen Magazine Over Its “Fat & Ugly” Cover Line

Prodigious pint-sized blogger Tavi has lept on the Seventeen magazine bashing bandwagon. And for good reason: The 13-year-old penned an open letter to Seventeen on her blog, The Style Rookie, over a downright evil cover line on its June/July 2010 issue, "The Party Drug That Can Make You Fat & Ugly."…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2010

Girl Talk: My Mom Wants Me To Lose Weight

It had been a bleak year. I started taking anti-depressants and was slowly putting on weight, as the side effects had warned. This alone was not a problem: guys always told me I was a little too skinny and that I had a bony butt, so I actually enjoyed having a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2010

Possessing The World’s Largest Breasts Creates A Unique Set Of Problems, Woman Finds

If there's one thing I like more than a boobs story, it's a deadly boobs story. Brazilian model Sheyla Hershey, 30, of Houston, Texas, is in possession of the world's biggest breasts, measuring in at a whopping 38KKK. Last year she told the Houston station KRIV, "I want to look better each…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2010
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