50% More: Body Confidence

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By Caitlin Boyle from Operation Beautiful, and cross-posted with permission. Through my work with Operation Beautiful, I’ve talked to hundreds upon hundreds of girls and women, interviewed a dozen or so psychologists, and worked closely with professionals at eating disorder clinics and organizations like NEDA (National Eating … [Read more...]

Tired of Fake Bodies? Join Us and Sign the Truth in Advertising Petition!

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By Grace Manger We all know the impact unrealistic and unattainable images of the female body have on adult women and body image, but... Did You Know? 69% of elementary school girls say magazine images influence their concept of ideal body shape Over 30% of high-school girls and 16% of high-school boys suffer from … [Read more...]

The Good, The Bad, And The Selfie

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By Allison Epstein Ah, the selfie. The autobiography of the photographic world. The 2013 Word of the Year for the Oxford English Dictionary (or OED). And the subject of many a heated debate. It’s difficult to escape its influence, either in your Facebook news feed or in the mainstream media. The OED estimates that the usage … [Read more...]

Modern Beauty Standards Imposed on Classic Art Show Narrowness of Today’s Ideal

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by Rebecca Hains Originally published at rebeccahains.wordpress.com; cross-posted with permission. Several years ago, I was admiring the Venus de Milo at the Louvre when a group of American teens approached. Eyeing the statue, one girl blurted out: “She’s so fat.”Her friends laughed and agreed, but her comment just made me … [Read more...]

OMG, Un-Tag Me! Photo Sharing & Body Image in the Facebook Generation

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by Katy Kreitler and Melissa A. Fabello We read an article in Glamour recently on how to look better in photos, and would like to share some of the key points with you, in case you, too, would like to be Glamorous. “Wear makeup,” the magazine says. A lot of makeup. All kinds of makeup. But not too much makeup! Not enough to … [Read more...]

Re-Touching the Consequences of Extreme Thinness

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by Lisa Wade, PhD, Sociological Images A former editor at Cosmopolitan, Leah Hardy, recently wrote an exposé about the practice of photoshopping models to hide the health and aesthetic costs of extreme thinness. Below is an example featuring Cameron Diaz: The story about Diaz, in The Telegraph, includes the following … [Read more...]

Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]

“You Look So Different on Facebook…”

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By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) Editors note: This blog post was originally posted Nov 1, 2011. We are sharing it again for our visitors to consider how airbrushed photos (whether your own, or those in magazines) impact your well-being and sense of self. What makes your physical beauty exceptional? Ironed out pimples, wrinkles, … [Read more...]

Marie Claire’s “Love Your Body Issue” is a Big Fail

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By Elena Rossini A couple of weeks ago I read that the November 2011 issue of Marie Claire South Africa featured several thought-provoking ad campaigns by major advertising agencies on the topic of “Love Your Body.” I thought it would be wonderful to showcase this in my documentary “The Illusionists.” Thanks to the fabulous Jill … [Read more...]

The Self-Esteem Act Calls for Truth in Advertising

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor Women and girls are bombarded everyday with thousands of media messages, from billboards to bus stops ads, telling us our worth is not in who we are, but in what we look like. The media and our culture tell us we should be sexy, thin, young, and perfect—just like the actresses and models … [Read more...]