Pink Notes: Another War Between Head and Heart

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ANOTHER WAR BETWEEN HEAD AND HEART By Jill "Pink" Sedares I find Susan Sarandon to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. I notice my shape is very similar to hers. Does she find herself beautiful? Does she fight between her heart and her head? Next month I will be 48 years old.  My waist is naturally getting … [Read more...]

Dove Video Shown to Impact Girls’ Self-Esteem

The Dove "Evolution" Video Clip

'No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted' - that's the concluding catchphrase of a one-minute video called 'evolution' made by Dove a few years ago to show how cosmetics and computer trickery are used to create the unrealistic portrayals of female models on advertising billboards. Now a team of researchers at the University … [Read more...]

Mannequins Make a Statement

Argentine mannequins in Buenos Aires

Text and photos (below) by Sharon Haywood Australia has made body image news again. The latest relates to the release of size 16D (US 38D/UK 38DD) mannequins in the lingerie section of the mainstream department store Myers. Back in February, Debenhams department store in London started the movement by using size UK 16 mannequins … [Read more...]

She’s so Normal She’s FAT

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More and more mainstream media coverage looks at body image in the context of what it means to be a normal, healthy size. Unfortunately, these stories are laced with the false assumption that if you are thin you're healthy and if you're fat you are not. I know first hand that my size has nothing to do with the status of my … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

TV shows "Huge" and "Thintervention with Jackie Warner." Photos from ABC Family and Bravo.

By Valerie Martin Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

The Sad Truth About Shopping for Plus Sizes

The latest from Lane Bryant

  Last week I went shopping for my friend's birthday. I wanted to get her some clothes that she could feel confident in. Not too difficult of a task, right?  Not quite. My friend is a size 12 to plus size depending on the label. After spending nearly three hours searching one of the most popular malls in LA, I found … [Read more...]

Ads Featuring “Average Joes” Just as Effective

Study finds that male consumers respond equally to ads featuring everyday guys OR male models. Photograph by: Photos.com, canada.com

A recent study in the Body Image journal reports that advertisements that feature everyday males are just as effective as those with super buff male model types. In fact, given the choice between the latter and no model at all, study participants chose no model. The ads were evaluated by both men and women, with consistent results … [Read more...]

Is There a Problem with a White Fashion Director at a Black Magazine?

August 2010 cover of Essence magazine

"Essence Editor Responds to Controversial Hiring of a White Fashion Director" by Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky On Monday, a media industry blog revealed that Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, had hired a new fashion director named Ellianna Placas, to begin in September. But it was not the lines on her … [Read more...]