self esteem

Mirror, Mirror: I Stopped Using Shampoo

A little over a month ago, I stopped using shampoo. And, speaking as someone who has clearly never been in serious bodily danger, it felt like I was being very…

Kate Fridkis | May 2, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: First World Problems Are Real Problems

“My drive from work is too short for me to decide what to listen to on Spotify #firstworldproblems” was a recent tweet from the Twitter account First World Problems. The…

Kate Fridkis | April 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: The Problem With The Dove Real Beauty Sketches Campaign

Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for the message “seriously, though, you’re beautiful.” And I agree with the viral clip, so many of us get distracted by all…

Kate Fridkis | April 18, 2013 - 11:00 am

Mirror, Mirror: Sometimes I Like When Guys Compliment Me On The Street

Sometimes I’m walking outside and a guy I don’t know calls out a compliment. Sometimes I like it. I smile for a second and go on with my day. And…

Kate Fridkis | March 21, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: On Pregnancy And Body Image

I am 19 weeks pregnant. In pregnancy, everything is measured in weeks, and I keep wanting to wish my fetus a happy beginning-of-the-next-week birthday. Because we made it this far…

Kate Fridkis | March 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: Thin Women Are Part Of The Body Image Conversation, Too

People like to make things into battles, with two opposing sides. You know, like in the Mommy Wars where breastfeeding is a battle cry and formula feeding is a ferocious…

Kate Fridkis | February 21, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: Melissa McCarthy, Rex Reed & Hippo-Gate

I shook my head recently when I read about New York Observer film critic Rex Reed’s personal insult toward actress Melissa McCarthy. In a review of her latest offering, “Identity…

Elle Chase | February 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: The Girl I Wanted To Be

She was really beautiful. She was the coolest girl ever. She always knew what to say, and she said it casually, like she barely had to think first. I wanted…

Kate Fridkis | January 17, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: The Photo Is Lying

I was looking seriously cute. My hair was behaving commendably, my face did not have anything obviously wrong with it, my belt was making my waist look seductive, and my…

Kate Fridkis | January 3, 2013 - 11:00 am

9 Sad Things That Happened When I Got Way Too Skinny

When I was in college studying in Italy, I got insanely, disgustingly skinny. My host mother fed us very little. I think she requested vegetarian students because she thought vegetarians…

Angela Cruise | January 3, 2013 - 10:00 am

Mirror, Mirror: You ARE Pretty Enough To Find Love

The other day, a girl emailed me:
“I’m worried that I’m not pretty enough to get a guy. I’m single, and want a serious relationship, but sometimes I think…

Kate Fridkis | December 20, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Girl Talk: Dear Dress, It’s Not Me, It’s You

This weekend I was wandering around one of my favorite stores when I spotted a sliver of blue plaid fabric peeking out from the crowded rack of dresses. Blue is…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | December 12, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: On Looking Jewish

I liked being Jewish. I just hated my face. I wanted desperately to like my face better. I’d spent too many years laughing with my hand over my nose because…

Kate Fridkis | December 6, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Girl Talk: I Put Myself On Mute For A Guy — And I’ll Never Do It Again

I like to consider myself a strong and independent woman. I live alone; I take care of myself and never waiver in my beliefs. I’ve managed to convince myself that…

Amanda Chatel | November 9, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Mirror Mirror: On High Heels

Fairest shmairest! Let’s get real about beauty and body image. Mirror, Mirror is a column running every other week on The Frisky. It is written by Brooklyn-based columnist, freelance writer,

Kate Fridkis | November 7, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Emergency Compliments, For When You’re Feeling Really Crappy

Sometimes you’re just having what Judith Viorst might call a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And despite your best attempts to self-soothe and console yourself, you just can’t…

Julie Gerstein | October 26, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Watch This: Three Minutes Of Beautiful Inspiration

Feeling down? Struggling with body image issues? Stuck in a cycle of self criticism? Just generally in need of a potent dose of inspiration? Check out this video, “On Real…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | October 19, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Mirror, Mirror: The Costumes We Wear

Fairest shmairest! Let’s get real about beauty and body image. Mirror, Mirror is a column running every other Thursday on The Frisky. It is written by Brooklyn-based columnist, freelance writer,

Kate Fridkis | October 18, 2012 - 12:00 pm

An Open Letter To The Fat Girl

Dear Fat Girl,

Last week, I saw an overweight news anchor respond to a bully with such power and confidence that it made me cry. It also made…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | October 9, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Mirror, Mirror: How I Want To Be At 65

Fairest shmairest! Let’s get real about beauty and body image. Mirror, Mirror is a column running every other Thursday on The Frisky. It is written by Brooklyn-based columnist, freelance writer,

Kate Fridkis | October 4, 2012 - 12:00 pm