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

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

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...]

Cougars: Unfortunately Coming to a Town Near You

Today in reference to Demi Moore, someone jokingly asked me, "What do you have against cougars?" My response? "I'm all for cougars, but let's just call them what they are, grown ass women who own their sexuality, are comfortable in their skin and deserve to be celebrated and not demonized as desperate predators." … [Read more...]

Editor of Self Gets Her Photoshopping Ass Handed to Her

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

"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...]

Music’s New Bold and Bountiful

By Sharon Haywood "I've proven you don't have to be some skinny girl to do well," says Adele, an up-and-coming solo soul tinged pop artist. It's not a statement heard commonly today in music. … [Read more...]

Annoying Trend: Celebs Play Dumb About Body Image

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...]

Ms. Californicator

I'm not even going to comment on the scandal surrounding Ms. California's racy photos. Not until I find out how these two photos or bodies are different.  … [Read more...]

Move Over Barbie, Now There’s Something Meatier

Vogue UK wrote this piece for their website on the new "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Barbie doll version of musician Ditto. WHAT does Beth Ditto have in common with Barbie? The answer: more than you think. In keeping with fashion's recent preoccupation with dolls (Roksanda and Gareth Pugh designed outfits for Barbie and Ken, … [Read more...]

Kardashian’s Cellulite: A Complex Controversy

By Sharon Haywood Why is dimpling of the skin considered newsworthy? Even if it is famous dimpled skin? At the end of March 2009, Complex, a men’s lifestyle magazine, posted photos of model and reality show star Kim Kardashian on its website as a preview of an upcoming issue featuring the cover girl.  However, an unphotoshopped … [Read more...]