M.A.C. Cosmetics Want You to Look Like Death

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by Pia Guerrero, Co-editor and Co-founder It’s a given that marketers use violence and sex to sell everything from cars to music, but make-up? M.A.C.’s fall/winter collection, “Juarez”, named after the Mexican city notorious for decades of rampant rape and murder of women and girls, is doing just that. It's important to note … [Read more...]

Is TV Finally Portraying Overweight People With Depth?

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July 11, 2010|By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic Recent and upcoming shows including 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'Huge' and 'Mike and Molly' buck tradition and portray overweight people as actual humans. After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood … [Read more...]

Why Not Being Colorblind is a Good Thing

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By Adriel Luis at Change.org When I was in fifth grade, my very liberal teacher decided to familiarize our class with the concept of race. Since teaching a roomful of 12-year-olds about things like the cycle of oppression can be somewhat complicated, he turned to some abstract metaphors to help him out. "A melting pot is the … [Read more...]

Plus-Size Modeling: A Passing Trend or Here to Stay?

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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...]

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...]

Fat and Happy: Why “The Biggest Loser” Loses

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by Tami Winfrey Harris I have struggled with weight all my life--mostly because in my younger years I was unable to accept that my larger frame was natural and healthy for me. Unhappy with a 12, I dieted and deprived and fretted over calories, and wound up a 14. Unhappy with that size, I measured and counted and starved my … [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...]