Terrifying Trend: Models and Mini-Liposuction

The size 2 model who sought mini-lipo featured on The Today Show

By Valerie Kusler Earlier this week, in my half-asleep daze, I flipped on the Today Show for background noise while getting ready for work. When I heard Matt Lauer introduce one of the segments, I stopped in my tracks, turned up the volume, and braced myself. “Why are thin, fit women getting liposuction?” he inquired. Oh boy. … [Read more...]

Impossible Ideals: The Media and Body Image

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By Dominique Shaw, Associated Content I can't turn on my television, read a magazine, or surf the net with out being bombarded by the airbrushed images of a perfect body. We inhale the idea that a thin body is normal. We believe that this false notion of beauty we see is achievable - just as long as you use this make up, buy … [Read more...]

Beauty Comes in All Cup Sizes

Photo of Kiera Knightly from CollegeCandy.com

  By Valerie Kusler 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...]

Debenhams Breaks Fashion Protocol Again

Debenhams shows that Photoshop is not necessary as is illustrated in the non-Photoshopped model on the left as compared to the Photoshopped model on the right.

By Sharon Haywood In March of this year, we highlighted how the UK department store, Debenhams illustrated their commitment to diversity by launching an advertising campaign for a new fashion line featuring models of various shapes, backgrounds, and abilities. We're thrilled to see Debenhams breaking fashion protocol again. This … [Read more...]

A Male View of Women’s Battle with their Bodies

Photo by PHILIPPE HAYS

By William Leith published as "Women and body image: a man's perspective" at Telegraph.co.uk on May 23, 2010 Ever wondered why a man can look at an advert featuring a six-pack and laugh, while a woman might look at a photograph of female perfection and fall to pieces? William Leith thinks he might have uncovered the … [Read more...]

Barbie’s Plummeting Neckline Causes Uproar

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"'Busty Barbie' in Mattel's new Back to Basics Barbie collection is too revealing for some parents" by Tracy Miller at the NY Daily News  Barbie has always been known for her curves - but a new doll from Mattel is upping the ante, much to some parents' consternation. … [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...]

Stand-up Comic Adam Hills’ Message to Women

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Australian comic Adam Hills is not one to mince his words: "Don't buy women's magazines ... They are designed to make you feel bad about yourself so that you buy the s*** that they advertise." … [Read more...]

New Photo Exhibit Looks at Disturbing Quest for Beauty

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by Valerie Kusler 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...]

Barbie and Ken 101: Spoken Word Artist Breaks it Down

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by Pia Guerrero This is my all time favorite youtube video. It ROCKS! Rafael Casal's Def Poetry performance "Barbie and Ken 101" keeps it real. And by real I mean he spikes spoken word and media literacy with hip-hop and biting criticism. As if that wasn't enough Casal dismantles the bad rap "body image" gets of being an issue … [Read more...]