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 Kusler     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 … [Read more...]

Lindsey Vonn Sports Illustrated Cover PICTURE: Photo Causes Controversy

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We recently discovered this image of Lindsay Vonn's SI cover from last month. Here's what the Huff Post had to say: Lindsey Vonn's Sports Illustrated cover photo is causing controversy. The Olympic hopeful's cover picture was released earlier in the week, and some are upset by the possibly sexually suggestive pose. According to … [Read more...]

Jessica Simpson: Body Image and the Price of Beauty

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After pop star pin-up Jessica Simpson was roasted in the tabloids for gaining 10 pounds last year, she got upset. Then she apparently got inspired. … [Read more...]

Is Airbrushing On Its Way Out?

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By Sharon Haywood In March 2009, Kim Kardashian's cellulite made headlines. The paparazzi didn't snap an illicit photo of her sunning poolside, but rather, Complex, a men's lifestyle magazine accidentally published an unaltered photo of the reality star. For those who work in the entertainment industry, it had always been common … [Read more...]

Body Image Gets Animated: What The Simpsons and Family Guy Say About Beauty

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By Guest Contributor Tessa Originally posted at About-Face For a long time, I have believed in the power of empathizing with a fictional character to transform the way we feel about ourselves. But how does this relationship play out when that character is not human, but cartoon? Lisa from The Simpsons In The … [Read more...]

Image of Ultra-Thin Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage

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by Brett Michael Dykes for Shine from Yahoo! In recent years an ongoing debate has brewed over advertisers and fashion magazines using photographs, particularly photographs of women, that have seemingly been altered, or "retouched," by airbrushing and photo editing software such as Photoshop. The latest such image to cause an … [Read more...]

Pole Dancer Doll, Are You for Real?

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This week Gizmodo broke the "story" that a child's toy, Pole Dance Doll is on the market. Conservative and liberal blogs have been covering the product as if it were indeed for sale at a store near you. One blogger claimed that Mahalo.com sells the doll (Mahalo is a search engine of sorts that doesn't sell products). … [Read more...]

Editor of Self Gets Her Photoshopping Ass Handed to Her

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You gotta go to the blog of Lucy Danziger, the editor-in-chief of Self magazine and read all the comments from readers who aren't buying the lame excuse for photoshopping the hell out of Kelly Clarkson for the cover of this month's Total Body Confidence issue. Most of Self's blog readers say that as a result of the blog entry and … [Read more...]

Michael Jackson: Another Victim of the Fame Game

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"I don't trip off of being a celebrity. I don't trust it. I don't like it. Cuz one minute they all love you and the next thing you know you dancing on the top of a car in the front of a court house trying to figure out wtf happened to you."- Dave Chappelle in a stand up bit on fame and Michael Jackson. While millions of fans … [Read more...]

Annoying Trend: Celebs Play Dumb About Body Image

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By Ophira Edut "I don't get this obsession with weight," Eva Longoria Parker tells Glamour (February, 2009). The actress, whose tight outfits inspired tabloids to speculate that she's pregnant, is the latest actress to pretend that she just doesn't understand the whole "thin is in" fuss. … [Read more...]