Posts tagged "body image"

And What About Plus-Size Male Models?

Is the plus-size model debate one-sided? When it comes to talking about how the fashion industry promotes unhealthy female images, the male gaze might be silent, but nevertheless it’s there: Our models’ bodies look increasingly like those of little boys; the petite shape serves to give off a certain amount of commercial sex appeal. So…

Leonora Epstein / June 2, 2010

Kim Kardashian’s Dictionary Must Have A Different Definition Of “Skinny”

A taut-stomached, bikini-clad Kim Kardashian will “never be one of those skinny girls” — wha-wha-what? I know she’s got typically un-Hollywood-esque curves and all, but damn, if that’s still not a skinny figure, what is? [Shape]…

Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2010

How Do You Get Motivated To Exercise?

Here’s a fact: Right now, I am the fattest I’ve ever been in my whole life. Period. End of story. I have all the respect in the world for Crystal Renn and every woman who can love her body no matter what size it is, but I am not that woman. (Granted, not being that…

Susannah Breslin / May 21, 2010

Did Queen Latifah Get Photoshopped Thinner In Her “Just Wright” Poster?

I was poking around on Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers site this weekend, when I noticed the poster for Queen Latifah and Common’s new movie, “Just Wright,” looked a little, well, just wrong. I know the Queen is a Jenny Craig spokeswoman and has lost some weight over the past couple of years, but this much?

Susannah Breslin / May 10, 2010

Dear Wendy: “Why Can’t Women Embrace Their Curves?”

I’m a 19 year-old college student and I recently met a girl at a party who was very pretty, smart and nice. We talked for a good half hour and seemed to be hitting it off. We even exchanged email addresses. Then, things suddenly went downhill. I commented that she had a “really nice, hourgla…

Wendy Atterberry / April 26, 2010

Devil’s Advocate: Garance Doré On The Plus-Size Model Debate

When it comes to the fashion industry size debate, even we admit that as much as opposing sides keep launching rockets, it often feels like a peace treaty will never come to be. After seeing such incremental changes towards a healthier body standard, we sometimes feel like raising our shoulders and saying, “So what are…

Leonora Epstein / April 21, 2010

I Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder

When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to have a full-length mirror in my room. My Jewish mother loathed hearing me complain about how fat I was and refused to invest in one. I never made the purchase for myself until I was a freshman in college—and even then my mom questioned whether or…

Jayme Cyk / April 21, 2010

I Was Never An Ugly Duckling

I borrowed my mom’s photo album of my kid/teenager photos last week, as part of my attempt to come to terms with my childhood and figure out how I got where I am today. One thing struck me when I was leafing through the album: I was never ugly.

Ever since I can remember,… / April 20, 2010

Cookie Cutters Aren’t Meant For Beauty

We love this poster — so simple yet so true! It’s one of the winners of the annual Love Your Body Day poster contest by the National Organization for Women. Would you believe the girl who made it, Shannon Wu, of Orange Village, Ohio, is still in high school?! You can check out the contest’…

Jessica Wakeman / April 19, 2010

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Sex Scandal Leads To Lame Body-Snarking

Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is a sports god in Europe, and he has the salary to prove it. Ronaldo is starting to register with non-sports-centered Americans too, especially after a very brief fling with Paris Hilton. So, like all good potential celebrities, Ronaldo has a sex scandal brewing. A woman named Naya recently hit the…

Kelli Bender / April 16, 2010

People Actually Got Less Plastic Surgery Last Year

Not that you’d know if from the Heidi Montag Freakshow, but fewer Americans had plastic surgeries last year than four years before. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, operations dropped 19 percent from 2005 to 2009, from 2.1 million procedures to 1.9 million. Unfortunately, the ASAPS hypothesizes the recession is the reaso…

Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2010

“The Price Of Beauty” Makes Jessica Simpson An Ugly American

I stayed up way past my bed time last night to watch Jessica Simpson’s new VH1 show, “The Price of Beauty.” I didn’t have high hopes for the show in the first place (more on that later), but it ended up being kinda terrible in a way I hadn’t expected: “The Price of Beauty”…

Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2010

Performance Art Protester Crashes Lagerfeld Fashion Show

During Paris Fashion Week, the Jardin des Tuileries is a prime people-gazing spot where street-style photographers flock to snap the chic-set exiting the tents. But when a performance artist headed there on Sunday, getting recognized by the Sartorialist wasn’t on her agenda. Rather, she came in silent protest of the industry’s promotion of too-thin beauty…

Leonora Epstein / March 9, 2010

All Hail Madame President Barbie

We know all you nerds were psyched when toy company Mattel announced “computer programmer” came out on top in a contest for Barbie’s next career. But for those of us who don’t know binary code from biceps, there’s another career for Barbie’s ever-changing resume: president.

President Barbie actually appeared back in 2000. However, women’…

Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2010

Have Fashion And Beauty Gone Too Far?

Botox, leeches, breast augmentations, Spanx, chemical peels, face lifts, 10-inch heels, microdermabrasion, butt implants — the list goes on and on. Has the beauty and fashion industrial complex gone too far? Discuss.

Susannah Breslin / February 24, 2010

How Thin Is Too Thin?

Discuss. [Vogue France]…

Susannah Breslin / February 22, 2010

When The Mirror Does Lie

This striking image by photographer Ross Brown explores the scary world inside the head of those with body dysmorphia. Do you believe (or know) that anorexics see such a drastic difference when looking at themselves? Is this the altering lens through with the fashion industry sees its models? [Stylefrizz]…

Leonora Epstein / February 18, 2010

Victoria Beckham: “Most [Models] Are Naturally Thin”

Can anyone keep Victoria Beckham’s body image philosophy straight? She seems to constantly flex between opposing contradictions. One second, the media is calling out her anorexic-seeming lifestyle and the next she’s quoted as being pro-curves. To be honest, our opinion of Beckham wavers as well. Sometimes she frightens us with her so-thin physique that’s nearly…

Leonora Epstein / February 18, 2010

Can Gemma Ward Fit Back Into The Fashion Industry?

For models who gain weight, whether it’s five pounds or 15, finding a fit in the fashion industry is generally an uphill battle, and often suddenly sinks a career. Take the case of Gemma Ward, the Vogue cover record breaker who seemed poised to conquer the runways when she hit the scene at only 14…

Leonora Epstein / February 12, 2010

Is The Problem With Too-Thin Models Too-Young Girls?

After Tuesday’s CFDA panel “The Beauty of Health: Resizing the Sample Size,” it was suggested that perhaps the industry needs to readjust its age standards in order to reconsider size. Increasingly, the models strutting down the catwalk aren’t so much women as they are very young girls, some barely 16 years old. Model casting agent…

Leonora Epstein / February 11, 2010
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