Posts tagged "body image"

Here’s Michelle Obama’s Speech At Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service

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.”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2014

Melissa McCarthy Is Starting Her Own Clothing Line Because She Couldn’t Find Enough Trendy Clothes In Her Size

“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

By: Claire Hannum / June 5, 2014

So Much For Vanity Sizing: In Japan You Can Buy Clothes In Size “Fat”

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 5, 2014

Mommie Dearest: How Moms Talk About Their Bodies Matters

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…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2014

5 Things That Happen When You Go A Month Without A Full-Length Mirror

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,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 23, 2014

Love Your Boobs, Everybody Else Does

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 to…

By: Almie Rose / May 22, 2014

Photoshopped Versions Of Famous Paintings Are Kind Of Terrifying

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…

By: Claire Hannum / May 20, 2014

Help Make This Documentary About Loving Your Body A Reality

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 bodie…

By: Claire Hannum / May 15, 2014

Watch This “Louie” Character Serve Up Some Heavy Truth About Dating As A Fat Girl

“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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love.
It wasn’t like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get  “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a woman,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 13, 2014

Bow Down, Bitches: Plus-Size Fashion Bloggers Create Their Own “***Flawless” Video

Fashion blogger GabiFresh deals with her fair share of haters. As a plus-size woman in the fashion world, getting passed over for opportunities, being judged for her size, and dealing with vicious comments about her body are par for the course. After hearing Beyonce’s song, “***Flawless,” and seeing the video, Gabi was inspired to use Bey’…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 8, 2014

RIP Society: Woman Loses 128 Lbs. Because Some Drunk Guy Called Her Fat, Gets A Job At Hooters

Here’s one way to make lemonade out of lemons, ladies. Or, um, arsenic. If some drunk asshole makes a rude comment about what a fat cow you are, use it as inspiration to lose 128 lbs and get a job at Hooters — you may end up on the local news!  …

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2014

Fatphobia: A Guide For The Disbeliever

This piece was crossposted with permission from KittyStryker.com.

First, a little bit about me. I’m an American who has lived on one coast or the other, who has spent extended time in Poland and in London. I’ve been familiar with fatphobia my whole life, as my mother is fat, my grandmother is fat, and…

By: Kitty Stryker / May 6, 2014

Blogger Takes Shape Magazine To Task For Refusing To Show A Real Picture Of Massive Weight Loss

Brooke Birmingham, author of the health and fitness blog, “Brooke: Not On A Diet,” was able to lose over 170 pounds without surgery or fad diets. She dropped the weight the good ol’ fashioned way: cutting out processed food, counting calories, and exercising more. The process took her four years of hard work (“I literally…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 5, 2014

Gabourey Sidibe Is Unbreakable

“If [others] hadn’t made me cry, I wouldn’t be able to cry on cue now. If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2014

Watch This: A Dove Parody Ad That Asks Men To See The “Real Beauty” Of Their Ballsacks

The internet is bursting with parodies of Dove’s Real Beauty ads, and if you ask me, there can never be too many. This one actually came out a year ago, but I just stumbled upon it, and it’s too good not to share. The idea behind it is simple: what if the forensic artist i…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 28, 2014

Watch This: A Hilarious (And Painfully Accurate) Parody Of Dove’s “Real Beauty” Ads

Dove has had a few moments of brilliance over the course of its decade-long Real Beauty campaigns — I genuinely enjoyed the “sketches” ad last year, for example — but the entire premise of a company that sells anti-cellulite cream trying to teach women to love themselves exactly as they are has always been problematic.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 22, 2014

Frisky Rant: Weight Watchers’ Repulsive New Ad Campaign Asks Women To Publicly Confess Their Shame … For Eating

This ad for Weight Watchers “Smart Ones” frozen meals popped up before a YouTube video I was watching, and I actually had to watch it twice all the way through to realize it wasn’t some kind of satire or parody. Unfortunately, it’s real. And it’s terrible.

“We brought women like you together i…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 19, 2014

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

Fat people can’t win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss (“The Biggest Loser,” “Heavy, “I Used To Be Fat”), they’re headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they’re the butt of some hack’s lame joke. Fortunately, one new documentary currently raising…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

“Biggest Loser” Winner, Rachel Frederickson, Is Back To Eating The Occasional Oreo

“I’ve gone up about 20 pounds. I think I’m at my perfect weight!…I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle, I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It’s not the end of the world.”
“Biggest Loser” winner Rachel Frederickson talks about her 20-pound weight gai…

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 3, 2014
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