Posts tagged "body image"

Check Out Dove’s New Real Beauty Short Film, “Selfie”

Last year, the Dove Real Beauty campaign made waves with its “Real Beauty Sketches,” when it hired a forensic artist to illustrate how women see themselves according to their own self-description. This year, Dove has turned to the selfie, adolescent girls and their mothers.

In their eight-minute video called “Selfie,” directed by Cynthia…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

American Eagle Launches #AerieREAL Campaign Featuring Airbrush-Free Women Of All Body Types

I don’t know about you, but every year after I watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, I feel like shit about my body for at least a solid month. Many women, including myself, who are normally proud of their figures, all have moments that trigger their biggest body insecurities: love handles, stretch marks, cellulite, whatever…

By: Katie Oldenburg / January 19, 2014

Lena Dunham’s Awesome Response To The Vogue Non-Controversy

“I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2014

Girl Talk: Adventures In Intuitive Eating

We’re all born with the ability to eat intuitively, to listen to our body’s needs, to eat nourishing foods when we’re hungry, to stop when we’re full. It’s our default setting; our natural state. Even just writing that out right now, it’s such a “duh” that I can’t believe how easy and common it i…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 15, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: Why All Those Dumb Diet Headlines Are More Dangerous Than You Think

It wouldn’t be January without the media focusing on anything and everything having to do with weight loss. One of my favorite activities around this time of year is to hate-scroll through The Daily Mail, the website with what I find to be the most absurd/offensive/dumb diet and weight-related headlines. Why do I this? Because…

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 14, 2014

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 bath or…

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, Mindy Kaling ha…

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] motivates people…

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 series of mock perfume ads for a made-up fragrance called “Lustworthy.” The…

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 in Photoshop? Those are ribs.

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 the overall story. While I have my favorites, there is not one track…

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 body image issues (so sadly, many of us), the holidays are especially treacherous time…

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 series of mock

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 a body…

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 have a…

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 get my hopes up these days, and…

By: Dater X 2.0 / 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 thing…

By: Claire Hannum / November 28, 2013
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