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Self-love is for everybody!  For those days then you feel like "ugh," you need bright, cheerful reminders of how you are just perfect, just the way you are!  Here are 6 of my favorite body-positive illustrators to watch for everyday inspiration to love yourself and be kind to your body! Rachele Cateyes' "No Wrong Way To Have A Body" is, in my opinion, the ultimate mic-drop on the conversation.  No matter what shape your cactus — er, I mean, your body — is, it is worthy...
Photo by Albert Sanchez & Pedro Zalba Over 20 years ago, a shy Midwestern blonde named Heather Renée Sweet transformed herself into femme fatale burlesque star Dita Von Teese. Since then, Dita’s blue-black hair, red lipstick, cat eye makeup, and tattooed beauty mark have become iconic. And in her new how-to book, Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide To Eccentric Glamour, Von Teese tells the story of her aesthetic evolution; gives step-by-step tips on how to recreate her retro beauty looks; delves into the history of eyeliner,...
Why I'm absolutely an angry black woman: Because when I was five, my kindergarten classmate told me I couldn’t be the princess in the game we were playing because black girls couldn’t be princesses. Because I was in third grade the first time a teacher seemed shocked at how “well-spoken” I was. Because in fourth grade, I was told my crush didn’t like black girls. Because in sixth grade, a different crush told me I was pretty — for a black girl. Because in 7th grade, my predominantly...
Recently, whilst out on one of my probably-a-bit-too-frequent-trips to my local bar, I met a man who was very drunk (perhaps a bit too drunk for a Wednesday...but then again I was there too) and, perhaps not unrelated, also very bothersome. I say "met," but that’s probably too strong a word for a man who just sat down with us without concern at the lack of invitation. An enforced meeting would be a better description.Drunk Man regaled us with answers to questions we hadn’t asked,...
One of my favorite childhood photos is from a camping trip I took with my parents and older brother when I was nine years old. We spent nearly three weeks driving up California’s blissful, varied coast from L.A. to Yosemite, stopping in beach towns like Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Santa Cruz and Monterey. We ate fresh seafood and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We sat too close to the stage for David Copperfield’s show in Lake Tahoe and figured out all...