Nude Yoga for Body Acceptance

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By Valerie Martin "The World," a program from Public Radio International (PRI), strives to bring its listeners "global perspectives for an American audience." It airs on my local public radio station in the evenings during my commute, and when I listen to it, I always feel just a little closer to (and more knowledgeable about) … [Read more...]

Lagerfeld Sets Aside Fat Phobia for Renn

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"Crystal and Karl, Sitting in a Tree" by Marjorie Ingall Belatedly, here is Crystal walking in Chanel’s resort show in San Tropez last week. She looks beautiful and fierce, mah nishtanah. There was a flurry of “OOH GROUNDBREAKING!” buzz when these pix hit the wires, given that Crystal is nominally plus-sized and Chanel … [Read more...]

The Beauty Myth: Worth Fighting Against?

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By Melanie Klein In light of Britney Spears’ recent unaltered photos, a recent guest post at Jezebel proclaimed feminism’s battle with the beauty myth as bourgeois and not worth the fight. Author, Helen Razer, claims that the efforts to expose the gruesome reality behind the beauty myth is a tiresome and unworthy battle that … [Read more...]

Plus-Size Modeling: A Passing Trend or Here to Stay?

Plus-size model Crystal Renn (right) posing alongside straight-size model Jacquelyn Jablonski in a spread for the January 2010 issue of V Magazine  [photo from Huffington Post]

By Valerie Martin Has mainstream culture done a 180°? Have we honestly transitioned from Kate Moss to Crystal Renn in just over a decade, or is this just a passing fad? According to a recent Times Online article by Louise France, plus-size models that previously charged around US$150 an hour are now commanding high profile ad … [Read more...]

What is the “Colour of Beauty”?

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By Sharon Haywood According to a 2008 survey about models in New York fashion week: Six percent are Black Six percent are Asian One percent are Latina Eighty-seven percent are White … [Read more...]

Deprivation and Dehydration Standard for Male Models

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"You, too, can't have a body like this" by Peta Bee at The Times Online Daniel Martin regularly puts his body through hell. For days at a time he restricts fluid intake so severely that the resulting dehydration causes headaches, haziness and overwhelming fatigue. Having trained for weeks like an Olympian with high-intensity … [Read more...]

Face It! What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change, The Book

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Appreciating Your Value as You Age by Catherine Saint Louis at the NY Times Aging is an indiscriminate leveler. You might have been a shapely bombshell who made heads turn. You might have honed your intellect and résumé and let looks take a backseat. Still, most of us will pass a mirror one day and wonder who is that … [Read more...]