In the Mirror: What Do You See?

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By Ophira Edut, Pia Guerrero & Sharon Haywood, AdiosBarbie.com Editors Why do you look in the mirror? And what’s happening in your head when you do? Mirror time is often distracted, a place to procrastinate or drift to when you feel anxious. In the midst of a creative block, we’ve popped non-existent zits, pinched our … [Read more...]

How I Survived a Week Without Make-up

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor My step-mother, Maria, and my dad have had a 20+ year running joke. Somehow or other the subject of beauty and make-up arises over the dinner table every time I visit.  My dad in all the flamboyant words and gestures that the Spanish language allows exclaims how he would rather die than 'let' his … [Read more...]

What Not to Say to Someone with an Eating Disorder

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By Maddie Ruud Good Intentions You just found out that your loved one has an eating disorder. Or perhaps an acquaintance revealed their struggle during the course of a conversation. You want to be understanding. You want to help in any way you can. You want to encourage, affirm, support, validate. But what you thought were kind … [Read more...]

Go Barefaced to Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders on Feb. 27th

Me sans makeup. Ok, I bit the bullet on the internet... now can we do it for real on the 27th? You bet!

By Valerie Kusler In December 2011, The Renfrew Center Foundation – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders – commissioned a study of nearly 1,300 women ages 18 and up. Their goal was to capture women’s feelings about and motivations behind … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Sex Symbol

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  “Maybe I’m a sexless sex goddess.” - Marilyn Monroe to Life magazine journalist Richard Meryman, 1961 By Sheila O'Malley, Joan's Digest The sexiest woman in America didn’t have an orgasm until the last year of her life.  Despite her famous love affairs and marriages, not to mention the fact that she was the … [Read more...]

Novel as Mirror: Teen Literature and Body Image

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By Sayantani DasGupta The first young adult (YA) novel I ever read that had to do with body image was Judy Blume’s Deenie (1973). In it, 13-year-old Wilmadeen “Deenie” is the “pretty one” of the family, the one whose mother dreams will be a model someday. When Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis and required to wear a back brace, … [Read more...]

Mirror-Less Schooling: A Positive Initiative?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Last month, a UK high school attracted media attention when its administration chose to remove all mirrors from its bathrooms. Shelley College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire put the policy in place only a few weeks into the new school year to enforce the no-makeup rule for students between the ages … [Read more...]

Weight Stigma: Breaking it Down with Advocate and Activist Marilyn Wann

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by Jennifer Jonassen One of my biggest heroes in the struggle against fat hatred is unquestionably Marilyn Wann. Her first book, FAT?SO!, was positively revolutionary to me. I initially found myself drawn to the title as I painfully remembered that “fatso” was about the worst thing you could be called on the playground at lunch, … [Read more...]

Aerial Arts for All Bodies

Jennifer Jonassen takes an aerial class with Michelle Sargent. Photo by Sierra Lisa

By Jennifer Jonassen About a year ago I was working on a circus variety show in L.A. called Your Town Follies. One night, I was talking to my fellow cast mate Michelle Sargent, a seasoned professional aerial artist and circus performer. I was telling her that the beauty and artistry in aerial acts always made me cry. There was a … [Read more...]

For Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein, Body Acceptance is Essential for Self-Love

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By Valerie Kusler “For twenty years, I kept a journal. I wrote about heartbreak, anxiety, and eating disorders. I wrote about trying to quit drugs while high on drugs. Pages and pages are filled with self-loathing and self-doubt. My journal was my only outlet from the turmoil and deep-rooted pain I felt every day. I’d release my … [Read more...]