Debenhams Department Store: Bona Fide Diversity

Debenhams Diversity

Debenhams for Diversity by Ben Barry at AnyBody Last week, the UK department Debenhams launched an advertising campaign for their Principles fashion line that features models of a variety of sizes, backgrounds, and abilities. The print advert features a petite 5'4 model, a size 16 model, a size 10 model, and a wheel-chair using … [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...]

Open Thread on Advertising and Body Image

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During my career as a media literacy expert, I have squirreled away a number of advertisements over the years that I think are great examples of how the media dictates how women (and men) are supposed look and feel. Below is an ad that ran a few years back for Candies perfume and shoes. … [Read more...]

A Second Round of Applause for the Book “Bodies”

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By Sharon Haywood If you think that body image issues are confined to girls and women in Western society, think again. Susie Orbach, the author of the 1979 groundbreaking bestseller Fat is a Feminist Issue, shines a light on the true nature of our body image afflictions in her latest book Bodies - and it isn't … [Read more...]