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Even after Hanna’s transformation into a “pretty” little liar, the show continued to use her eating as a way to shame the character.

Pretty Little Liars’ lies about “pretty”

Date: August 17, 2014 | Posted By: Caitlin Lansing
Love it or hate it, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is an inescapable staple of current pop culture. The soupy and sartorial mystery/horror show debuted in 2010 and is nearing the end of its fifth season, with its success due to the the mix of guilty pleasure TV and a savvy intelligence of the culture in Continue reading


Swimsuits of all kinds - but what's on their minds?

A day in the life of a swimsuit

Date: August 13, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Call me strange, but as I was moseying around the women’s swimwear section at JCPenney the other day, I found myself feeling pretty sorry for the swimsuits. They just looked so dejected and confused, like they didn’t know what their purpose was in life. I realized two things as I found myself empathizing with the Continue reading


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Are breasts scandalous?

Date: August 8, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Did you know that bikinis used to be completely scandalous? When they debuted in 1946, their inventor Louis Réard couldn’t find models willing to wear them. Réard named them well — after an island atoll where the US had recently been testing atomic weapons, in the expectation that the tiny bathing suits to create a Continue reading


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Should you take it (almost) all off for a telfie?

Date: July 25, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Ok, so you guys. Did you know that “Telfies” are a real thing? Yeah, uh huh. Telfies, meaning a selfie where you bare your tummy. Because apparently if you have a flat stomach, you need to make sure the whole world can see it on their phones. I’m all about “Live and let live,” and Continue reading


Manage your mental health

It’s Okay to ask for help

Date: July 21, 2014 | Posted By: Sarah L
It’s often easy to put your mental health on the back burner. We’re all busy with school, work, friends, and family; how do you find the time to fit in an appointment with a therapist as well? For that matter, how do you decide if you need to visit a therapist or if you’re just Continue reading


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Debunking the legend of the love interest: John Legend’s “You & I”

Date: July 17, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
By Caitlin Lansing John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody in the World)” John Legend’s new music video for his song “You & I (Nobody in the World)” continues a recent trend – which will hopefully become a norm – of featuring “real” women. Coming off the heels of the aerie Real campaign and coinciding with Continue reading


Like a girl

The renaissance of female empowerment comes from an unlikely source: advertisers

Date: July 11, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Feminine hygiene products have a history of questionable advertising. Lately, however, we’re starting to see some truly groundbreaking, entertaining, and original ads. The newest maxi pad video doing the viral rounds is this one from Always: Now, I’m not sure I would really consider this an ad for tampons or pads. In fact, they’re not Continue reading


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A picture worth a thousand words for trans representation

Date: July 9, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
This image of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock — both trans women of color — brought a smile to my face today. Cox is an actress and transgender advocate, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Sophia on the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. Mock is an advocate, author and the founder Continue reading


Time’s almost up for Give Everybody a Bikini Body

Date: July 7, 2014 | Posted By: Jennifer
Hey About-Face blog readers! Did you know we have a ridiculously exciting crowdfunding campaign going on through Indiegogo? That it’s our first one ever? And that it’s ending in THREE DAYS? It’s called: As of right now, we’re at 98% of our goal, with about $150 left to raise in the next 3 days! Even Continue reading


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This summer, get YOUR perfect media literacy body in just 5 steps!

Date: July 3, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Since I occasionally get bored while waiting in line to pay for groceries, I periodically experience the utter joy of seeing a seemingly body-positive teen mag, leafing through it, and having my hopes crushed. At this point in my life, I pick up the magazines not out of legitimate hope that a Seventeen article entitled Continue reading