Posts tagged "body image"

Annoying Reporter Asks Lena Dunham Why She’s Naked So Often On “Girls,” Gets Deservedly Scolded

Lena Dunham is naked, or partially naked, fairly frequently on "Girls." (So is Jemima Kirke. Both Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet keep themselves more covered up.) Some of Lena's nudity is during sex scenes, while a bunch of others are when her character is changing clothes, sitting on the toilet, or in the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2014

Mindy Kaling Is Just Fine With Her ELLE Cover, Thank You

Mindy Kaling is on the cover of the February issue of ELLE, as are three other, skinnier, actresses. Kaling is not showing as much skin or as much of her body in general on her cover of ELLE, in comparison to the three other actresses' covers. Some people have found this objectionable. So now,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Britney Spears Actually Says Something Smart: “In This Business You Make A Deal With The Devil”

"I think it's important to look good and feel good about yourself, but I got both ways with it. I feel it's cruel how the world puts so much emphasis on our looks. I was just watching 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' and I see Kim and what she went through when she was pregnant…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Frisky Rant: Actually, I Don’t Find Your “Inspirational” Workout Pics Inspiring At All

Last week, I wrote about Jen Selter, a 20-year-old Long Island woman who supposedly has the "best butt on Instagram." While Jen does indeed have a fantastic derriere, I was more interested in what she told the New York Post about her booty pics: they are inspiring. I quote: "If [my Instagram account]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Anne Lamott Is Not Starting A Diet On January 1st — Would You Like To Join Her?

"I do not currently have a scale, because as I've said before, getting on a scale is like asking Dick Cheney to give you a sense of your own self-worth... I can still get my jeans on, for one reason: I wear forgiving pants. The world is too hard as it is, without letting your…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 27, 2013

If Only Plus-Size Barbies Were A Real Thing!

There are Asian dolls and Jewish dolls and Black dolls ... and 1,894 variations of other dolls that Mattel, Bratz and the American Girl Company have dreamed up. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn't a doll that more accurately reflects the body size of the majority of American women — that i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2013

What If A Perfume Ad Featured A Woman Who Was Bold, Sexy, Desirable, And Also Fat?

Jes Baker of The Militant Baker has done some really powerful, creative projects in the name of body positivity and fat acceptance, but her most recent undertaking might be her best one yet. Jes teamed up with photographer Liora K to produce a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 19, 2013

This Incredible Shrinking Jennifer Lawrence GIF Is Depressing As Hell

This Flare magazine cover is actually a couple years old, but a GIF showing the unretouched photo of Jennifer Lawrence getting shrunk down into the final cover image is currently making the rounds. Stuff like this depresses me so much. The section of her torso they shaved down i…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 17, 2013

The Soapbox: On “Pretty Hurts” & Beyonce’s Critique Of Airbrushed Beauty Culture

Three or so days in, I've listened to Beyonce's new, self-titled record straight through at least a dozen times. I say with all seriousness that I believe it is her masterpiece, one of those increasingly rare albums in which every track is essential to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2013

10 Better Body Commandments For The Holiday Season

When The Hairpin published a Guide To Eating Very Particular Feelings, we laughed, but it was a slightly bitter laugh, a nervous "Oh my God this is my life" chuckle. For those of us who eat our feelings or struggle with…
By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 16, 2013

Brilliant Photoshop Project Shows That “Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep”

Art student Anna Hill, 24, has been using Photoshop for over a decade and knows exactly how much magazine images are digitally altered to achieve that "better than perfect" look. To illustrate this disturbing fact of modern day media, she turned her Photoshop skills on her own self portraits to create a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 13, 2013

Watch This: Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities Challenge Fashion Industry’s Definition of “The Perfect Body”

The traditional body shape of store mannequins is so restrictive and unchanging that a Swedish store's decision to display a curvy mannequin was enough to cause an uproar. It's rare enough for people with "average" bodies to see themselves represented in the fashion industry, but for people with disabilities, the chances of seeing…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 6, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: Letting Go Of Celebrity Body Comparisons

I think everyone who writes about body image has a blind spot or a subject that makes them feel a bit hypocritical. After all, most of us haven't gotten the whole "Love your body exactly as it is 100 percent of the time no matter what" thing down yet, and although we might…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 5, 2013

Dater X: What You See Is What You Get

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that I HAVE A DATE THIS WEEKEND. I was so busy complaining about being stuck in the single slog, that I failed to mention I’ve been casually chatting with a nice gentleman on OKCupid. I try not to…
By: Dater X / December 4, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: How Do You Not Hate Your Body On A Holiday That’s All About Eating?

I love Thanksgiving - and I can’t wait to fly back to the Midwest this week to celebrate with relatives - but I have somewhat of a turbulent history with the holiday. My parents’ divorce has made me less than eager to head home and face splintered celebrations spread over three different households. One…
By: Claire Hannum / November 28, 2013

Watch This: Amber Riley Wins “Dancing With The Stars,” Has Some Inspiring Words For Women

The gorgeous, ebullient, and crazy-talented Amber Riley won "Dancing With The Stars" last night with her partner Derek Hough. Anyone who watched Amber's energetic performances knows her win was well deserved, but I especially loved what she had to say to all her female fans who rooted for her this season:…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 27, 2013

Miranda Lambert Addresses Weight Loss Rumors In True Miranda Lambert Fashion

"Though I NEVER care what the tabloids have to say about me… I wanted to address this certain story they are running this week and set the record straight. I DID NOT have surgery to lose weight. That is ridiculous. I lost my weight the healthy and good old fashioned way. Watching what I eat…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 26, 2013

True Story: A Photoshopping Site Stole My Selfie Off Instagram And Gave Me A “Makeover” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 5:40p.m.: @photoshop_fantasy has issued an apology on their Instagram page, although it appears all the same images are still up : Hello lovely followers! We want to apologize for the inconveniences this account has caused with the unadvised photoshops. We deleted them and promise to not do these again without permission. What…
By: Carrie Nelson / November 26, 2013

This Burlesque Performance Says “No More” To Negative Body Image

New York city performer Amanda Trusty is no stranger to the scrutiny the entertainment industry feels entitled to when it comes to women's bodies. In a (semi-NSFW) burlesque performance at a benefit for Hawaii Island Gay Pride, Amanda refuses to take that criticism any longer. Set to Katy Perry's "Roar," she finds a way to…
By: Claire Hannum / November 21, 2013

Female Olympic Athletes Come In All Shapes And Sizes

125 Olympic athletes were photographed by Howard Schatz to exemplify body diversity in even the most fine tuned of human forms. A woman’s body is a personal thing that has historically been made public. Whether that objectification comes from the male gaze or the mainstream media, many times our bodies can feel like they’re constantly under…
By: College Candy / November 16, 2013
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