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Celebrities are people, too… or are they?

Date: October 11, 2012 | Posted By: Tessa
More and more, celebrities are taking to social media to convince us that they are people, too. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more have become the new platforms via which huge stars can undermine the paparazzi and post details of their “real” lives. Yes, those are quotes around the word “real.” This year’s Emmy Awards brought Continue reading

The cast in fully dressed mode.

Not wearing makeup on TV is literally Headline News

Date: September 13, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
I have a pretty traditional work schedule, in that I’m not usually home during the day. This means that I’m not too familiar with talk shows. So, when I saw the headline “’The Talk’ hosts’ makeup-free premiere,” I wasn’t sure what or whom they were discussing. It turns out that “The Talk” is a daytime Continue reading

About Face doc: Want to hate yourself? Try modeling.

Date: August 2, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
“I don’t think there’s any 15-year-old girl that will turn down the chance to be called beautiful. You don’t realize at that point that you’re also going to get called ugly,” says Paulina Porizkova, talking about being discovered as a model, about halfway through the new documentary film About Face (no relation to this blog Continue reading

Smart Girls at the Party is back, celebrating girls just as they are

Date: July 24, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Oh, how do I love Amy Poehler, let me count the ways. Her web series, Smart Girls at the Party, returns for its second season as empowering entertainment celebrating real girls. The best part? Amy Poehler’s intimate webcam video series, “Ask Amy” where the bare-faced breath of fresh air answers girls’ questions from her bed. There Continue reading

I attached my blog post, about E!'s Fashion Police. The first picture Your comments about my weight are making me crazy! But commenting about her weight is totally ok!

Media moguls seem to miss the point of the Golden Rule

Date: July 5, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
I remember so well my pre-school days of being taught that I should treat others the way I want to be treated. I’m not a Pollyanna about the fact that the pop culture media is not exactly prone to use this as one of their guiding principles, but sometimes they outdo themselves. E!’s show Fashion Continue reading

Not having dropped the weight has branded Aishwarya a slacker.  Yet if she spent all her time post birth at the gym, she'd be labeled a Bad Mom.

Body-shaming hits Bollywood

Date: June 28, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Over the years, there have been some pretty glaring examples of other countries caving to western beauty standards. For example, in 1999, a Harvard study documented the outbreak of eating disorders in Fiji, a nation that favored fuller figures until the arrival of television (and U.S. programs like Melrose Place and Xena: Warrior Princess) in Continue reading

The tasteless trio, all celebrating weight loss.

Kelly Clarkson succumbs to celebrity diet culture

Date: June 22, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Every shopper knows the unavoidable magazine display at the register, the check-out landmark that showcases popular women’s magazines and tawdry tabloids, covers awash in headlines that boast tone up tips and slim down secrets. Digitally doctored celebrities pose provocatively next to unhealthy promises of how to “Eat, Drink, and still Shrink.” A recent US Weekly Continue reading

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Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” video: More drowning than denim

Date: April 17, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Lana Del Rey’s recent video release for “Blue Jeans” is deeply disturbing on so many levels. The cover art preceding the video’s debut channeled a messed-up Little Mermaid meme where an inert Lana lies in a questionable stage of consciousness as a disembodied, tattooed hand stretches for her jugular. I guess I was hoping the Continue reading

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Meghan McCain body-shaming bridges the political gap

Date: April 3, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Despite my political disagreements with her family, I really feel for Meghan McCain. Reporters always feel the need to critique the styles of the potential First Ladies, and this seems to extend to the styles of political daughters as well. Mrs. McCain’s hair always received quite a bit of attention (how a hairstyle has any Continue reading

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Cleavage-clad Jennifer Lawrence on Glamour cover is not what we’re “hunger”ing for

Date: March 20, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
The cover of Glamour’s April issue features Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who portrays the Hunger Games‘ heroine Katniss Everdeen, in a bosom-bearing one piece outfit. In the book, Katniss is a symbol of strength, but this photo subdues that strength with a side dish of sexy. The upcoming movie adaptation of the first installment of the Continue reading