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...]

Culture: Latina Beauties

Zoe Saldana has Dominican & Puerto Rican roots; Alexis Bledel is Mexican-Argentine-American.

By Helen Rodriguez of Latinitas For years, Latinas have worked hard to break beauty barriers in the U.S. Now that we have managed to forge our own identity in American society, a part of me is thrilled with what Latinas have achieved and the role models that are now available for many young girls. On the other hand, I can't help … [Read more...]

Boobies, Ta-tas, and Cha-Chas, Oh My! The Sexy-fication of Cancer

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By Sayantani DasGupta "Save the Boobies!  I  ♥ Ta-tas! Save Second Base!" Like the ubiquitousness of Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong armbands and Susan G. Komen Foundation’s pink ribbon festooned campaigns, "I heart the boobie" bracelets seem to be everywhere these days. Such as on the arms of young women showing their breast … [Read more...]

Plastic Wrap–Turning Against Cosmetic Surgery

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  Trend Line is Clear: Decline since 2004 By Margaret Morganroth Gullette It was a shock to find after I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from the side of my nose that I needed cosmetic surgery. I trusted my surgeon, and I trust she did as good a job as she could. But as I feared, the repair didn’t go well: the … [Read more...]

The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

Photo by Ilene Seganove, ‘The Dissatisfactions Of Ilene Segalove’

By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [Read more...]

“Shut Up, Skinny Bitches!” Tells Readers To Love Their Bodies—Or Else

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  By Valerie Martin “In America, we no longer fear God, or the communists, but we fear fat,” stated David Kritchevsky, a former professor with Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute and long-time advocate of health and nutrition issues. This is just one of many poignant quotations that Dr. Maria Rago and her friend and … [Read more...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

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By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Pregnancy Weight Gain

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By Julie M. Green As soon as you fall pregnant, suddenly everyone is an expert extolling advice, whether you want it or not. Whole bookstore shelves are jam packed with “manuals” telling you what to do and what not to do when you’re expecting.  One such “commandment” recommends a 25-35lbs weight gain during pregnancy, regardless … [Read more...]

What About Acne Acceptance?

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By Heather Roberts at Wise Grrrl The feminist blogosphere has buzzed with fat acceptance, which is great, but I wonder what about acne acceptance? I have zits, pimples[1], and rosacea; all three plague my face, arms, and back. Every day, I am consumed with conscientious feelings. I always think that someone is going to find me … [Read more...]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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by Dyann Logwood From the time we arrive kicking and screaming into the world, Black people are ensnarled in debate about our hair. "Good" hair. Nappy hair. We've got names for every texture, and they ain't always nice. I know Black girls who are comfortable weighing 200 pounds, showing cellulite, and flaunting curves that … [Read more...]