BY Eloise Giegerich
on Oct 25, 2013
According to a recent study done by British plus-sized retailer Littlewoods, 74% of women who wear a British size 16 (size 12 in the U.S.) say they are happy with their appearance and have high body confidence—nearly twice as many (42%) as those wearing a British size 6 (U.S. Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed
on Oct 14, 2013
Young people notice. And as they grow, they internalize. But they also reflect and speak out. Lily Myers raises her voice through poetry.
The Wesleyan University student was awarded Best Love Poem last April at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) for her spoken word piece, “Shrinking Women.” It’s an on-point expression of the anxieties and pressures women and girls face regarding their self-image and how it’s different from what many (but certainly not all) men and boys experience. Read More
That is the big question that New York City is raising through a new campaign called the NYC Girls Project, which aims to help promote self-esteem in tweens. In the newest “public education campaign geared towards girls ages 7-12,” new ads will appear on buses, subways, and phone kiosks. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 02, 2013
Mindy Kaling might well be a comedic genius; her lighthearted, girlish humor resonates with profound insights into modern womanhood. She plays characters that are lovable and ambitious, flawed, and fallible. Her comedy is real and honest.
In her recent interview with Parade, Mindy is just as candid. She eloquently addresses the struggles she faces as a premiere figure in comedy, confessing that as an Indian woman in television, she gets treated differently. Although her work is complex and nuanced, it often gets overlooked because she is a minority in comedy. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 20, 2013
For most brands, the concept of using "diverse" models in their advertisements extends to using both size two AND four Amazons. Despite continued backlash for these skewed representations, retailers have made no real initiative to promote a wide range of body types.
So, when I stumbled upon Debenham's Summer Look Book from earlier this year, I couldn't help but squeal with happiness. The campaign features, among other things, a Paralympian, a 60+ year old woman, and a size 18 model. And guess what? All of them are total babes. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Sep 16, 2013
In recent "Things That Will Scar You For Life" news, a Utah dad by the name of Scott Mackintosh could be seen sporting a pair of Daisy Dukes on a recent family outing. Unfortunately, this wasn't some sort of American Beauty-style mid-life crisis, but rather a questionable parenting technique used to make his daughter, Myley, rethink her fashion choices.
"In our family, we have pretty definite modesty guidelines," he said. "I'm a firm believer that the way we dress sends messages about us, and it influences the way we and others act. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 06, 2013
There’s no disputing the fact that the airbrushed and photoshopped images of models in fashion magazines can warp and dismantle a young girl’s self-esteem. Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, wants to clarify that the photos of models on the pages of her magazine are not realistic representations of women.
That's why Shulman is releasing a ten-minute video detailing what actually goes on at a Vogue fashion shoot—hours of make up application, lighting design, and, of course, the extensive computer-based editing that followers. Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on Jul 01, 2013
I try and think back on when the word “fat” and its negative social stigma first registered. Was it in fifth grade when all of the kids started to break up into cliques? Was it when a family member used it to describe a passerby, friend, or loved one? I look back and begin to realize that the word “fat” never really had an exact beginning for me or probably for anyone else. Ingrained into our lives, words like “fat” or “ugly” or “stupid” become memorable and horrifyingly alive only when used against us or someone we love. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 17, 2013
With chic citizens and stunning innovation to spare, New York has clearly proven itself as a fashion capital. But is the city living up to its ambitious title?
Although New York’s fashion scene thrives in aesthetic value and skill, the way the industry treats its own is coming into serious question – although, thankfully, improvements seem to be underway!
Sara Ziff, former child model and founder of Model Alliance, reports that the labor regulations she worked under were alarmingly destructive. Read More
BY Dre Grigoropol
on Jun 13, 2013
Its easy to feel self conscious about your body sometimes. Everybody does.
When I went up to the Toronto Comics and Art Fest, I came across Every/body in my search for comics, zines, or books that focus on gender, body issues, feminism, abuse, and similar topics. This sweet comic/zine culture anthology is all about becoming comfortable in your own skin (even though the cover model doesn't have any).
The 104-page book is filled with different authors' personal explorations of body issues. Read More