Skinny, Curvy, and Still Not Fitting the Mold

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By Chelsey Anderson Whether you're a seasoned body image activist or an average consumer of Western media, no doubt you've noticed the battle between the “curvy” and skinny body ideal. After decades of being bombarded with images of extremely thin models and starving ourselves to fit the waif-mold many women and … [Read more...]

Walt Disney and Me (Black and Disabled)

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By Cynthia Barram I have an incredible love-hate relationship with Mr. Disney. The first time my dad wheeled me and my chair into a theater we watched The Little Mermaid. The lyrics from Ariel’s “Part of Your World,” pierced me. She equated so much of being human and happy with walking. But before Ariel, no one had articulated … [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...]

Older Leading Ladies and the Evolution of Hollywood

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Between 2003 and 2009, the number of roles for older women in film and on television more than doubled. Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times wrote: According to the Screen Actors Guild, in 2003 women older than 40 accounted for 11 percent of the female film and TV roles (excluding reality shows); by 2009 that number was up to … [Read more...]

Filmmaker Amanda Micheli Defies Categorization

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor What do a cowgirl, Wonder Woman’s stunt double, and a beauty queen crowned inside a Colombian prison have in common? Filmmaker Amanda Micheli. Since 1996, she has cast women such as these as the unlikely protagonists in her acclaimed documentaries, such as Just for the Ride, Double Dare, and La … [Read more...]

Beauty Comes in All Cup Sizes

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  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...]

Hollywood Now Seeks Authenticity

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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...]

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...]

Jennifer Jonassen: A Sizeless Star

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By Sharon Haywood "It's important for me to portray being fat as beautiful," said Jennifer Jonassen, a 40-year-old up-and-coming plus-sized actress, dancer, and writer intent on breaking sizeism barriers in Hollywood. Originally from Brooklyn, New York she worked in various off-Broadway shows from the age of 18 to well into her … [Read more...]