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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


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Beautiful blemishes: scars as signs of strength and beauty

Date: December 9, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
As a person who has had several surgeries and other conditions that have left me with scars on my body, I was pondering why society has programmed us to feel ashamed of our scars and told us that we need to “fix” them. The conclusion I reached? We have been programmed to see any scar Continue reading


Body-Shape

How the world has turned our grocery lists into our body types

Date: November 26, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Pears, 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


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The ugly truth about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Date: November 24, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Every 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


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An open (love) letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Date: November 19, 2013 | Posted By: Stacey
Hey, J. Law (I can call you J. Law, right?), How are you doing? You’re probably busy getting ready for your upcoming Catching Fire premieres (all of which you will probably look fabulous in), so I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how totally awesome you are. Recently, the Internet has been Continue reading