Help Expose the Real Illusionists

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “To men a man is but a mind. Who cares what face he carries or what he wears? But a woman’s body is the woman.” Filmmaker Elena Rossini cites this quote from writer Ambrose Bierce as her third reason out of 30 for creating The Illusionists, a full-length documentary about how the body has been … [Read more...]

The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

Photo by Ilene Seganove, ‘The Dissatisfactions Of Ilene Segalove’

By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [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...]

Brazil’s Runway Models Predominantly White

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, Photo courtesy of AP

"Off Runway, Brazilian Beauty Goes Beyond Blond" By Alexei Barrionuevo at The New York Times on June 7, 2010 Before setting out in a pink S.U.V. to comb the schoolyards and shopping malls of southern Brazil, Alisson Chornak studies books, maps and Web sites to understand how the towns were colonized and how European their … [Read more...]

A Male View of Women’s Battle with their Bodies

Photo by PHILIPPE HAYS

By William Leith published as "Women and body image: a man's perspective" at Telegraph.co.uk on May 23, 2010 Ever wondered why a man can look at an advert featuring a six-pack and laugh, while a woman might look at a photograph of female perfection and fall to pieces? William Leith thinks he might have uncovered the … [Read more...]

Lagerfeld Sets Aside Fat Phobia for Renn

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"Crystal and Karl, Sitting in a Tree" by Marjorie Ingall Belatedly, here is Crystal walking in Chanel’s resort show in San Tropez last week. She looks beautiful and fierce, mah nishtanah. There was a flurry of “OOH GROUNDBREAKING!” buzz when these pix hit the wires, given that Crystal is nominally plus-sized and Chanel … [Read more...]

Plus-Size Modeling: A Passing Trend or Here to Stay?

Plus-size model Crystal Renn (right) posing alongside straight-size model Jacquelyn Jablonski in a spread for the January 2010 issue of V Magazine  [photo from Huffington Post]

By Valerie Kusler     Has mainstream culture done a 180°? Have we honestly transitioned from Kate Moss to Crystal Renn in just over a decade, or is this just a passing fad? According to a recent Times Online article by Louise France, plus-size models that previously charged around US$150 an hour are now … [Read more...]

What is the “Colour of Beauty”?

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By Sharon Haywood According to a 2008 survey about models in New York fashion week: Six percent are Black Six percent are Asian One percent are Latina Eighty-seven percent are White … [Read more...]

Stand-up Comic Adam Hills’ Message to Women

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Australian comic Adam Hills is not one to mince his words: "Don't buy women's magazines ... They are designed to make you feel bad about yourself so that you buy the s*** that they advertise." … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day in Buenos Aires

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor On March 8th, women and men around the globe celebrated International Women's Day by honoring women's rights advocates, speaking out against gender inequalities and crimes, and rallying together for a better future. As a Canadian living in Buenos Aires, I was pleased to discover that the natives of … [Read more...]