In the Name of Girls: The AMA Calls for Magazine Ads to End Photoshopping Bodies

In 2001, two media literate students produced this image  to raise awareness on the media and body image.

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor When we first launched the Adios Barbie website 12 years ago, I had to explain what the term 'body image' meant to friends and family when they asked what I was up to. I was leading a lot of media literacy workshops at the time where I often had to prove to skeptical teachers and students that … [Read more...]

Putting “Proper” Clothes on Mariah Carey. Thanks Saudi Arabia!

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder and Co-Editor I just came across this post at Jezebel revealing an interesting make-over of Mariah Carey. The new Mariah no longer sports a body baring tube top. Her body jewelry has disappeared and a simple top covers her shoulders, chest and trunk. Clearly the old school Butterfly album cover has … [Read more...]

Debenhams Breaks Fashion Protocol Again

Debenhams shows that Photoshop is not necessary as is illustrated in the non-Photoshopped model on the left as compared to the Photoshopped model on the right.

By Sharon Haywood In March of this year, we highlighted how the UK department store, Debenhams illustrated their commitment to diversity by launching an advertising campaign for a new fashion line featuring models of various shapes, backgrounds, and abilities. We're thrilled to see Debenhams breaking fashion protocol again. This … [Read more...]

Is Airbrushing On Its Way Out?

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By Sharon Haywood In March 2009, Kim Kardashian's cellulite made headlines. The paparazzi didn't snap an illicit photo of her sunning poolside, but rather, Complex, a men's lifestyle magazine accidentally published an unaltered photo of the reality star. For those who work in the entertainment industry, it had always been common … [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...]

Pole Dancer Doll, Are You for Real?

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This week Gizmodo broke the "story" that a child's toy, Pole Dance Doll is on the market. Conservative and liberal blogs have been covering the product as if it were indeed for sale at a store near you. One blogger claimed that Mahalo.com sells the doll (Mahalo is a search engine of sorts that doesn't sell products). … [Read more...]

Editor of Self Gets Her Photoshopping Ass Handed to Her

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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...]

Kardashian’s Cellulite: A Complex Controversy

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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...]

Kim Kardashian Rejects Airbrushed Photo

I've got to come clean. One of my guilty pleasures these days is watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians". I could go on and on with what is wrong with Kim and her family and their foray into the TV celebreality world. But not today. Today, I want to give Kim big props for embracing her curves publicly. She and her sisters have … [Read more...]