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Last week The Huffington Post released a new original video showing just how ridiculous female beauty standards can be in terms of makeup, while also poking a bit of fun at the swell of beauty gurus that have taken over Youtube with their tutorials. The video, along with the article that follows, bring up some valid points about the pressure so many women feel to keep up with society’s beauty standards, despite how expensive and time-consuming that can be. Read More
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins. When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
Believe it or not, yoga hasn’t always been about perfectly toned buns and sparkly outer space leggings: The practice has only recently been connected to materialistic culture and image. Up until about six decades ago, yoga was non-existent in the Western world, but it has roots dating back to before 500 B.C.E. Originally, yoga developed under the guidance of vedic priests and mystic seers called Brahmans. The central motifs were Karma Yoga, Wisdom Yoga, and “the sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge. Read More
 Since 1999, thousands of people have flocked to a remote valley in Southern California every year in search of music, desert, and the timeless cool of Festival. It has become quite the maiden voyage for some young women—a journey and an event that has far deeper significance than any other weekend party or camping trip. Naturally, humans crave peak experiences, heightened awareness, and spiritual expression: music festivals are historically a motherland for this. Woodstock, Burning Man, and Coachella are a part of our American vocabulary. Read More
There are more people involved in the body positivity movement then ever before as we strive to move towards a day when we will no longer have nine year old boys and girls trying to figure out what degree of "hot" they are. And the movement is neither synonymous to being "plus sized" or being "progressive." Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—so much so that an actual definition of beauty doesn't even exist—or shouldn't, anyways. Read More
Australian model Stefania Ferrario is joining former Australian Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester in the movement to eradicate the term "plus size" in describing those who are over a size 4 in the modeling industry.  The movement started back in February when Rochester made a comment about "plus size" model Laura Wells who, in her opinion, wasn’t "plus size" at all. This happened after Upstart’s Be You Campaign posted a picture of Wells and labeled her a plus size model. Read More
Last week, a fan site released un-retouched photos of Beyoncé that committed the heinous crime of letting us know she’s human. It’s unfortunate enough that as a musician her appearance warrants to much scrutiny (we don’t remember au naturale pictures of Jay-Z ever unleashing so much controversy), but what’s sadder is the weird, beauty-normative ways viewers responded: Many fans claimed the photos weren’t real and that blemishes had been Photoshopped onto her skin; others expressed their outrage that they had to see their idol untouched. Read More
You know what they say... “3 minutes could give you 3,000 years or more on beauty standards.”  Wait, no, that’s not what they say. But it is what this Buzzfeed video is giving us. Over the span of 3000 years, this video summarizes the female ideal with just a handful of models, from Ancient Egypt to Victorian England to the postmodern poster girl. Read More
Meet Tess Munster, a fashion model who is breaking up the beauty standards of the modern world. The 29 year-old just got a contract with UK modeling agency Milk Management. Standing at 5 feet 5 inches and wearing a size 22, this gorgeous lady is the first of her height and size to model for a major agency.  Munster's success in the fashion world has not come easily to her. She grew up being bullied and picked on because of her size, told that she wouldn't be able to make it. “It doesn’t feel like it’s me," she said. Read More
When U.K. agency Sport England found that many women are not participating in fitness activities due to fear of judgment and stigma about their bodies, they decided to do something about it: January 12th saw the launch of brilliant campaign #ThisGirlCan, which encourages  women of all shapes and body types to go out there and get their sweat on. Research by the Sport England showed that women between the ages of 14 and 40 are less active than their male counterparts—and not because “sports aren’t for girls. Read More