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 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...]

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...]

Jamaican Beauty Trends Complicated and Risky

The Jamaican vision of beauty keeps evolving. "Most of the young girls now coming up ? they don't want fat no more, they want slim and trim," says farmer Kadesha Abrahms (left) at a feed store in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. (Image: Davia Nelson for NPR)

Every culture has its idealized woman - a standard of beauty that is sought and valorized. And everywhere around the world, women are altering themselves to achieve the look that is celebrated, from cosmetics to liposuction. In Jamaica, women have come up with some of their own unique, homegrown beauty enhancement techniques. … [Read more...]

Joan Holloway Barbie Proves Plastic is Less Fantastic

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By Mara Betsch, Health.com Joan Holloway, Christina Hendricks's character on Mad Men, is known for two things: her attitude and her curves. "She's got fire to her. She snaps back. And men love her because she's in touch with her sexuality and femininity," Hendricks told USA Today in 2008. So what would Joan Holloway have to say … [Read more...]

Supermodel Diversity Does Not Include 36-Inch Hips

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"8 Naked Supermodels = Body Diversity" by Sarah Menkedick at Change.org This just in! Diversity has apparently been reduced to the millimeter of difference between Kate Moss and Amber Valleta's naked hips!  Love Magazine is patting itself on the back for issuing eight separate covers for its third issue, each with a different … [Read more...]

Bethenny Frankel Would Rather be Airbrushed Than Wear Fur

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In addition to being pregnant and starring in Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel stars nude for a PETA billboard unveiled December 15th in Manhattan's Times Square. The billboard is one of a series of nude celebrities who bare all as part of PETA's "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" ad campaign. In response to … [Read more...]

Hair: The Tales and Fables of our Follicles

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In light of all the talk about the politics of Black hair and Chris Rock's Good Hair documentary, Newsweek dedicated a whole week in October to what they coined "A Week of Follicular Coverage." To launch the series they wrote: As personal as our hair is, it's also the subject of some very public and political discussions. Heather … [Read more...]