Beauty Comes in All Cup Sizes

Photo of Kiera Knightly from CollegeCandy.com

  By Valerie Martin 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...]

‘Sex and the City’ and Body Image

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By Valerie Kusler With the recent release of second 'Sex and the City' movie, the Web is abuzz with commentary on everything from the poorly Photoshopped movie poster to longtime fans coming to the defense of the movie that has been largely trashed by critics. The sequel's release has also fostered new discussions on what the … [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...]

Hollywood Now Seeks Authenticity

Photo by Matthew Richardson, The NY Times

A Little Too Ready for Her Close-Up? by Laura M. Holson at The New York Times   It took years for Hollywood to create the perfect woman. Now it wants the old one back. In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood's attitude toward breast implants, Botox, … [Read more...]

Global “Colorism” Looks a Lot Like Racism

Candid photograph of Beyonce (left); Beyonce airbrushed in a Loreal ad (right); juxtaposition by Feministing.

What Can We Do About Colorism? by Courtney Young at the Ms. Magazine blog As a woman of color who is deeply concerned and invested in interrogating the ways in which women continue to be marginalized, I've often wondered why more work hasn't been done on the issue of colorism, both domestically and globally. … [Read more...]

Vanity Fair’s Lack of Color

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For Vanity Fair, the future is all white by Hannah Pool, The Guardian Does anything strike you as odd about this latest ­Vanity Fair cover spread? Yes, it's their 16th annual ­"Hollywood Issue", shot as usual by Annie Leibovitz, and ­intending to herald the bright young things of Tinseltown, just in time for this year's Oscars. … [Read more...]

Gabby Sidibe in Bazaar: Curvy in Couture

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By Ophira Edut As much as we criticize fashion magazines, now and then a small victory for body-love comes along. The February 2010 Harper's Bazaar has jumped on the Precious-loving bandwagon by adorning breakout star Gabourney "Gabby" Sidibe in a red Tommy Hilfiger dress, with sparkly Harry Winston strands. I, for one, must … [Read more...]

Huffington Post: Former Miss Argentina Dies From Cosmetic Butt Surgery

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Associated Press) - A 38-year-old former Miss Argentina has died from complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her buttocks. Solange Magnano, a mother of twins who won the crown in 1994, died of a pulmonary embolism Sunday after three days in critical condition following a gluteoplasty in … [Read more...]

Chris Rock’s Documentary Gets to the Root of Good Hair

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You gotta see "Good Hair." It's a great film for everyone, taking a humorously candid look at the politics of and price paid for beauty. A mix between Chris Rock's cheeky stand-up and Michael Moore's tongue-in-cheek documentaries, you'll be surprised by the facts presented around the national and global politics surrounding the … [Read more...]

Warning Labels on Photoshopped Models? “Oui” Say the French

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About seven years ago, I led an intense media literacy course for a group of amazing Bay area teens. As part of the course, students created art and media pieces that illustrated how they felt about unrealistic portrayals of men and women in the media. I was blown away when a pair of fourteen year-olds, Shari and Shila, produced … [Read more...]