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Today’s Lady News: This Is What A Life-Size Barbie Looks Like

  • This is what the proportions of a life-size Barbie doll would look like. She’s made by anorexia survivor Galia Slayen and stands 6 feet tall with a 39″ bust, 18″ waist and 33″ hips. Barbie wears a size 00 skirt that Galia used to wear when she was sick from her eating disorder. This year, Galia displayed Barbie at her school, Hamilton College, during its first National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. [MSNBC]
  • California’s state Senate passed a bill yesterday that would mandate public schools’ history classes teach students about gay, lesbian and transgender icons. (FWIW, Asian/Pacific Islanders and people with disabilities would also be required in the curriculum.) [The Week, San Fransisco Chronicle]
  • France may make it illegal to pay for sex, in order to criminalize clients of sex workers. Proponents of such legislation say it will help sex trafficking victims, who they claim account for 80 percent of sex workers. [Guardian UK]

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Models Eat Cotton Balls Dipped In OJ & Other Troubling Observations By One Model’s Mama

No matter how badly a mother wants her daughter to succeed, she has every reason to be freaked out when she sees that her daughter’s contemporaries consider “lunch” to be dipping a cotton ball in OJ and eating it. Model Sessilee Lopez‘s (left) mother, Janice Celeste, has just self-published a guidebook for parents with daughters in the modeling industry called Making a Supermodel. Janice said she published the book on Lulu.com because other parents often messaged the self-titled “momager” on Facebook with questions and concerns about the modeling industry. So, what horrifying tidbits does Sessilee’s mom have to scare share with other parents? Models often sleep 12 to a room, steal each other’s personal possessions, and sometimes have agency-approved “chaperones” who are not much older than the models themselves. This book, plus Crystal Renn’s eating disorder memoir Hungry, could probably dissuade any parent from letting their daughter model — or make them more cautious. Which, let’s be honest, would be a good thing. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Even The Fashion Industry Complains About The Beauty Standards Of The Fashion Industry

You and I aren’t the only ones wondering why “high fashion” fetishizes the gamine, undernourished look of 14-year-old girls fresh OTB from Belarus: recently, two insiders from the heart of the industry itself have vocalized their distaste for the fashion world’s embrace of the skeletal-thin female form. British designer Giles Deacon, who is the creative director of Emanuel Ungaro, and model Erin O’Connor (left, in 2009) are both chiming in with “high fashion” critics like plus-sized model Crystal Renn to say, Enough is enough already. Keep reading »

Isabelle Caro, French Model With Anorexia, Dies At 28

Isabelle Caro, a French model who literally became the poster girl for anorexia, passed away last month at age 28. Her acting coach confirmed the model died on November 17, although Caro’s specific cause of death is unclear. Isabelle’s skeletal body appeared on Milanese billboards in 2007 under the words “No Anorexia” as a warning to the modeling industry about eating disorders (warning: the image is rather gruesome). She also talked with Jessica Simpson about her illness on the pop star’s reality show, “The Price of Beauty,” last year. Isabelle reportedly struggled with anorexia from age 13 and wanted to educate, even scare others, from falling down the same rabbit hole as she did. Her death is terrible news, but sadly unsurprising given the way anorexia ravaged her body. Rest in peace, Isabelle Caro. [People] Keep reading »

Candace Cameron Sorta Opens Up About Bulimia

“It’s a very dangerous cycle that can just start to consume your life and really take over. … It wasn’t about me trying to lose weight. It was all about emotions.”

Candace Cameron, aka DJ Tanner of “Full House,” talks very vaguely about her battle with bulimia. Apparently, she adds much more detail in her new book, Reshaping It All. [People] Keep reading »

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, vegetables and brown rice, plus a bottle of soy sauce. Keep reading »

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