Celebrities play a huge role as influencers on the general public, especially when it comes to health and beauty. Unfortunately, the standards many of these stars set are highly unrealistic -- take Kim Kardashian, for example.
The hours of makeup and editing make her look stunning and quite literally flawless, but it's just not attainable by us common folk. This is problematic because some young women may idolize the image Kim has created and feel inferior or self-conscious about their own looks. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Aug 03, 2015
I learned wonderful and awful things from an episode of a Disney channel tween show, Lizzie McGuire. For years, I thought that straight-up losing consciousness was the symbol that you were hurting your body too much, eating too little. One episode—about struggling with and overcoming issues with body image—both helped and hurt.
“Inner Beauty” is the name of an episode in the second season of "Lizzie McGuire," early 2000s Disney Channel sensation (the entire series, btw, is free online). Read More
While filming an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, actress Kate Winslet opened up about body issues and insecurities. “When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life… That’s very damaging, because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look,” she says.
Even glamour queens like Winslet face these pressures. “I was bullied at school,” she says. “I was chubby, always had big feet, the wrong shoes, bad hair. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Jul 28, 2015
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
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 11, 2015
Like most of us, Jemima Kirke, of Girls fame, has had her fair shares of struggles with body image. She may be on a TV show where characters are known for getting naked, but that's not where her body concerns began: In an interview with Kelsey Miller of The Anti-Diet Project in Refinery29, she talked about her struggles with body image and self-acceptance.
Kirke recalls, “‘My mom used to say to me, 'I think you’re beautiful. I think you’re perfect. I just want you to be happy.'" ... "That's such a mixed message, though... Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Apr 09, 2015
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
In an age when un-retouched pictures of beautiful women are often considered scandalous, it can be kind of hard to keep up your own self-esteem. Yes, Beyoncé’s skin may not be perfectly ***Flawless, but who among us is without an occasional blemish? Looking "normal" is treated more and more like a deformity than simply being a human being (cellulite, stretch marks and acne, oh my!) and nobody can express how ridiculous this is better than the fierce and funny Amy Schumer. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Dec 17, 2014
As a kid, Lily Mandelbaum struggled with her weight—and with self-acceptance. But along with her mother, stylist Elisa Goodkind, she’s saying to anyone ready to listen: Enough is enough.
In case you haven’t heard (and if you haven’t, the time has come), this mother-daughter team behind body image acceptance site StyleLikeU recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn their viral video project, I Am What’s Underneath, into a feature-length documentary. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Nov 19, 2014
Maybe you've heard of Lammily before. She's the new girl in town, created by designer Nickolay Lamm, not to compete with Barbie dolls, but to offer a more realistic doll as an option for kids. In fact, Lammily is designed with the proportions of an average 19-year-old woman, and has a greater range of motion than a normal Barbie — all the better for starting her own small business or becoming a pilot or winning an Olympic Gold Medal, whatever your imagination desires (maybe even all of the above). Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 30, 2014
Becky Hopper and her friend Georgia Bibby, both 23, were shopping at a Topshop in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull, when they noticed a mannequin who seemed unrealistically small.
“We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us. The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life,” Hopper wrote on her personal blog. In the picture, Hopper’s friend, Bibby, is posed next to the mannequin for comparison. Hopper wrote on Twitter that her friend is a size 8/10 to give the photo some context. Read More