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...]

“Mom, do my legs look fat in these skinny jeans”?

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By Valerie Martin It's no secret that "skinny jeans" have dominated the women's denim market for the past year or two. But a new trend of marketing skinny jeans to kids has caused quite a stir and concern. Many are wondering whether the trend is bad for kids', especially girls', who already have delicate body image. Will this … [Read more...]

Beauty Comes in All Cup Sizes

Photo of Kiera Knightly from CollegeCandy.com

  By Valerie Martin CollegeCandy.com recently launched a weekly series in which they post a set of photos celebrating celebrity body traits that may not be considered ideal by mainstream Hollywood standards -- and we love the idea! Although we wouldn't necessarily use the term "flaws" as this article does (albeit in … [Read more...]

Disabled Actors in Mainstream Media

Zack Weinstein is an actor and an ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Photo by Brad Buckman

By Valerie Martin Ever since Glee shook the airwaves last year, the show has garnered controversy over one of its lead roles: Artie Abrams, the wheelchair-bound charismatic (and very talented) singer, played by non-disabled actor Kevin McHale. Since so few high-profile parts for disabled people come out of Hollywood, many … [Read more...]

‘Sex and the City’ and Body Image

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By Valerie Kusler With the recent release of second 'Sex and the City' movie, the Web is abuzz with commentary on everything from the poorly Photoshopped movie poster to longtime fans coming to the defense of the movie that has been largely trashed by critics. The sequel's release has also fostered new discussions on what the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

New Photo Exhibit Looks at Disturbing Quest for Beauty

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by Valerie Martin The New York Times Lens blog (on Photography, Video & Visual Journalism) just posted an eye-opening piece, Bodies Altered in Pursuit of Beauty about photographer Zed Nelson's most recent exhibition, "Love Me." As Nelson traveled the world taking photos, he was amazed at how all the faces he saw were … [Read more...]