Margaret Cho on the Power of Reclaiming Beauty

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by Contributor Marianne Schnall, originally posted on Feminist.com Editor's Note: We've pulled from the vault this 2009 interview with Margaret Cho where she candidly talks about weight, beauty, body image and show business. Margaret Cho is currently starring in the new, critically acclaimed series Drop Dead Diva which … [Read more...]

Thembi Ngubane’s Story: HIV and AIDS Acceptance

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By Sayantani DasGupta "Our parents struggled against apartheid, they wanted to be free. And it is the same with HIV/AIDS. This is the new struggle." – Thembi Ngubane Thembi Ngubane was a 19-year-old South African woman from Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town. She never thought she would inspire people from around the … [Read more...]

For 2011 Try Body Image Boosting Boot Camp

Angela Parker You're My SHero

  By Pia Guerrero New Year’s Resolution In 2010, I made a resolution. I was gonna get strong. As in, 'I can do man push ups' strong. I'd been way too stressed out. Which meant no time to take care of my physical bizniz. Soon enough too little protein and no exercise left me weak in the knees. And back. And legs. … [Read more...]

Filmmaker Amanda Micheli Defies Categorization

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor What do a cowgirl, Wonder Woman’s stunt double, and a beauty queen crowned inside a Colombian prison have in common? Filmmaker Amanda Micheli. Since 1996, she has cast women such as these as the unlikely protagonists in her acclaimed documentaries, such as Just for the Ride, Double Dare, and La … [Read more...]

Jennifer Jonassen: A Sizeless Star

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By Sharon Haywood "It's important for me to portray being fat as beautiful," said Jennifer Jonassen, a 40-year-old up-and-coming plus-sized actress, dancer, and writer intent on breaking sizeism barriers in Hollywood. Originally from Brooklyn, New York she worked in various off-Broadway shows from the age of 18 to well into her … [Read more...]

Music’s New Bold and Bountiful

Beth Ditto rocks her curves on two magazine covers

By Sharon Haywood "I've proven you don't have to be some skinny girl to do well," says Adele, an up-and-coming solo soul tinged pop artist. It's not a statement heard commonly today in music. … [Read more...]

Move Over Barbie, Now There’s Something Meatier

Real Woman Barbie, the Ditto Version

Vogue UK wrote this piece for their website on the new "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Barbie doll version of musician Ditto. WHAT does Beth Ditto have in common with Barbie? The answer: more than you think. In keeping with fashion's recent preoccupation with dolls (Roksanda and Gareth Pugh designed outfits for Barbie and Ken, … [Read more...]

Three Cheers for Kate!

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By Sharon Haywood Kate Winslet has been attracting a lot of attention these days and not just because she snagged two Golden Globes for her roles in Revolutionary Road and The Reader. The 33-year-old actress boldly announced that she and her Revolutionary Road co-star Leonardo DiCaprio are proud to be Botox-free: “I'm so … [Read more...]