The photographer Stephanie Diani, whose exquisite series on burlesque dancers captivated us last week, is also the force behind Tribe of Impossible Perfection, a body of work comprising a rich collection of photographs illustrating the personal and cultural significance of body image. For each portrait, she invited a sitter to divulge their thoughts on their own bodies, asking, “If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?” As they dictated, a plastic surgeon etched pre-surgical lines on their skin in marker. Read More
Eliezer Álvarez, owner of a small mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, has created the kind of woman he believes the public desires—one with, as the New York Times reports, “a bulging bosom and cantilevered buttocks, a wasp waist and long legs, a fiberglass fantasy, Venezuelan style.”
With the introduction of his new mannequins, Álvarez witnessed an incredible surge in sales, and now, these horribly inaccurate portrayals of the female body are the standard across most Venezuelan stores. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 16, 2013
Trigger Warning: This post includes strong language and disturbing content.
A viral video hailing from South Korea is making the rounds online – and it’s absolutely teeming with ugly implications of racism, imperialism, and misogyny.
The video is one of the most awful things I’ve seen recently in terms of outright objectification of women, so please brace yourself. And also, maybe be kind to yourself and set up your Internet queue with some cuteness to feel better afterwards – check out pictures of this tiny, hurt kitten wearing a mushroom costume. Read More
BY Intern Mimi
on Oct 10, 2012
Have you ever brought a picture of your favorite celebrity to your stylist, and said, “Yes, this is what I want. Do you see how her hair hits her chin ever so slightly? Make my hair just like that.” The stylist nods her head in approval and begins snipping away until you resemble Rachel McAdams, or Heidi Klum, or Rihanna. At least from behind, anyway.
A recent interview with South Korean plastic surgeons from The Wall Street Journal illuminates the increasingly popular trend of male clients bringing in pictures of celebrities they want to look like. Read More
BY Intern Christina
on May 24, 2012
Anderson Cooper did not light any children's dolls on fire, but he did kick a Barbie off his show. A real life Barbie.
On Tuesday, Sarah Burge, dubbed the "real life Barbie" because of her extensive plastic surgeries, chatted with Cooper on his show. Cooper, known to most to be a pretty nice guy, and even known to break down from time to time in a fit of adorably contagious giggles, became visibly angry when the two began to discuss Burge's daughters. Read More
BY Lauren Rubin
on Sep 21, 2010
I like to compare reality television to cheese puffs. I can always rely on them to supplying me with no nutritional value and a consistent source of instant cheesy gratification. When the giant size tinsel lined economy pack bag is dwindling down to near emptiness, I know that in a mere few hours I will be regretting my lustful snacking perseverance, and proceed to feel awful at grazing myself into a new all time low.With that being said, it's no surprise that the E! network (the ultimate in doodle vision) , have supplied audiences with what can only be called a boob tube calamity, literally. Read More