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Here’s what happens when women decide to love themselves

Date: February 12, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Taryn Brumfitt first made a broad impact online with her response to Maria Kang’s controversial “What’s your excuse?” image. Then she quit her day job to focus on her growing mission, the Body Image Movement. The Body Image Movement is “on a quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty.” It aims to do this Continue reading


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Mature models show the beauty of aging

Date: February 11, 2014 | Posted By: Allie
Word of the day: “Gerascophobia.” It is commonly defined as the abnormal and persistent fear of growing old or aging. Also known as modern American culture. It’s no secret that the media idolizes youth. As women age, Botox, plastic surgery, and a generous dose of Photoshop are purported as the recipe for immortality. If you’re Continue reading


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Beauty doesn’t need to be bliss

Date: February 6, 2014 | Posted By: Sara O
Let’s stop redefining beauty and start redefining what matters. Celebrating “real beauty” once or twice a year with a size 10 cover model or a star without makeup in order to sell more magazines or make noise around an ad campaign has been a growing trend. Dove kicked it into overdrive with their Real Beauty Continue reading


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I cringe every time a woman is called a “girl”

Date: February 4, 2014 | Posted By: Siri
We hear it all the time in TV and movies: Women being called “girls”. Someone saying, “Hey, you should meet this girl” while referring to someone in their 30s, or, “The girls are here” about women in their late 20s.  It’s happening so often that it’s even put in the titles of TV shows without Continue reading


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“The world’s ugliest woman” teaches us how to be beautiful

Date: January 27, 2014 | Posted By: Anika
Beautiful. Resilient. Inspirational. Lizzie Velasquez. Lizzie was born with a medical condition that only two other people in the world are known to have—she has no body fat. As a result, she has never weighed more than 64 pounds and has to consume small meals every hour. When Lizzie was in high school, someone posted Continue reading


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Does this name make me look fat? (Why “fatgirlism” needs to stop.)

Date: | Posted By: Elizabeth
At Thanksgiving this year, my aunt said I shouldn’t go by “Beth” because it’s “a fat girl’s name”. And before that, when a family friend named his kid Maddie, my brother cringed and said, “I can’t believe he named her that—it just sounds like a fat-girl name!” If you’re appalled and confused by these judgments, Continue reading


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Powerful Pantene commercial sheds light on sexist labels

Date: | Posted By: Allie
“Don’t let labels hold you back.” This is the slogan of a new Pantene campaign that encourages women to disregard negative sexist stereotypes and live their lives with confidence — and, if you’d prefer, awesome hair. However, “Be Strong and Shine” is no longer just an ode to Pantene hair products. The message is powerfully Continue reading


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Did the Media Fail Women in 2013? Ask The Representation Project

Date: January 16, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
The newest viral video making its way around my Facebook feed is, “How the Media Failed Women in 2013,” a sobering three-and-a-half-minute compilation of media moments that drive one point home: the representation of women in the media isn’t changing fast enough. “How the Media Failed Women in 2013” recaps the highlights and lowlights of Continue reading


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Special K misses the mark… again

Date: December 17, 2013 | Posted By: Gretchen
Recently Special K launched a new marketing campaign to “Shhhhut Down Fat Talk” that’s a “barrier to managing (women’s) weight”. While creating a discussion around stopping fat talk and using their access to a great number of people is a great idea, they totally missed the mark in the follow through. Their goal is still to sell us Continue reading


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Down with the Victoria’s Secret “Fashion Show”

Date: December 10, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer
At About-Face, we are boycotting the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which airs tonight on CBS. We’re joining in with the awesome women at Beauty Redefined, who are starting the boycott. Here’s something I still find kind of embarrassing: Victoria’s Secret was a key ingredient in the damaging of my body image as a teenager. I Continue reading