How the world has turned our grocery lists into our body types
Date: November 26, 2013 | Posted By: ElizabethPears, apples, string beans, rulers: not just inanimate objects anymore! Put these items on your grocery list nowadays, and you’re bound to come home with a bag full of diversely-shaped women instead of food or measuring tools. But why? I recently searched “body shapes” on Google, and the results were pretty interesting. Nearly all of Continue reading
The ugly truth about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show
Date: November 24, 2013 | Posted By: AudreyEvery year around this time, I’m deeply troubled by the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Not because I don’t like a great-fitting and sexy bra as much as the next lady (I do! In fact, I purchase plenty of my unmentionables at VS), but because the entire event is such a blatant example of out-of-control Continue reading
Disclaimer for airbrushed models: an effective solution?
Date: November 13, 2013 | Posted By: AllieAirbrushed images of women and girls are bad for our overall health: mental, emotional, and sometimes physical. We can reasonably assume that the vast majority of media images are altered, even those of famous figures who are celebrated as examples of these “attainable” beauty standards. So, why not draw attention to this issue through an Continue reading
What the French ban on beauty pageants can teach us
Date: November 6, 2013 | Posted By: AudreyAnyone else totally caught off guard by France’s impressive new legislation banning child beauty pageants? Yeah, me, too. Because as I much as I adore the country and its people (I lived there for two years in my late twenties and also worked for the French company Club Med), its contemporary pop culture has never Continue reading
Look how sneaky Old Navy’s advertising can be
Date: October 29, 2013 | Posted By: SiriI couldn’t believe what I saw on a bus ride the other day. From my seat, I noticed Old Navy’s storefront windows in downtown San Francisco covered with the big and screaming tagline ,“Here’s the SKINNY”, alongside a picture of a girl wearing the impossibly constricting “skinny” jeans. An online ad for the same pants looks Continue reading
Mixed signals: football and feminism
Date: October 27, 2013 | Posted By: SarahMany people think of football as the classic man’s sport. Certainly, the game appeals to some basic masculine desires like physical strength, competition, and bravado. But many women enjoy the sport as well; things like loyalty to a region or player, a sense of community, or even just love for the game are all reasons Continue reading
Model with Down syndrome takes fashion world by storm
Date: October 17, 2013 | Posted By: AlliePopular fashion retailer Wet Seal has a new model who is turning heads and making headlines. She describes her style as “biker chick,” prefers Justin Bieber music on the set of her photo shoots, and has gained the admiration of thousands of fans and counting. Her name is Karrie Brown, she’s a 17-year-old high school Continue reading
Plus-size models? Check. Disabled models? Check.
Date: October 15, 2013 | Posted By: SashaRemember earlier this year, when Abercombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries announced that he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store?” (Elizabeth wrote a great post about it!) Debenhams — a department store chain in the UK, Ireland, and Denmark — aimed for the opposite in its inclusive and body-positive “High Summer Look Book” Continue reading
Zero-calorie products do not equal beauty
Date: October 13, 2013 | Posted By: KatelinThe new magazine advertisement for Glacéau’s recently launched product, Fruitwater, just put me over the edge with the blunt connection that it made between beauty and its zero-calorie beverages. Zero-calorie this, zero-calorie that… I am really tired of the plethora of new “zero-calorie” products on the market. The market for them seems to be exploding Continue reading
Fuzzy wuzzy was a feminist?
Date: October 3, 2013 | Posted By: Sara OMelanie Engle, an aesthetician in Philadelphia, was shocked when a mother booked a bikini wax appointment for her 8-year-old. Though statistics are hard to come by due to the client’s age, Melanie isn’t the first to experience this. Many in the beauty industry are witnessing a growing trend of pre-teens getting waxed. Modern media is Continue reading