Old is the New Fat
Date: October 15, 2014 | Posted By: AudreyOnce upon a time (until a few minutes ago), there was no greater shame or punishment in our culture than being fat. Kids as young as three were worrying their cute little heads about it, scholars were chronicling how unjustly fat people are treated in powerful books like Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body 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
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
Hairy armpits for everyone, please!
Date: September 11, 2013 | Posted By: StaceyYou know what disgusts me the most about women with body hair? People who respond to it like it’s gross, dirty, unfeminine, and/or unacceptable. In July, blogger Paloma Goñi wrote an article called “I Don’t Shave” on HuffPost Spain (which was translated to English for the version I refer to here). It’s amazing what a Continue reading
No More: a high schooler’s perspective on More magazine’s treatment of middle-aged women
Date: July 14, 2013 | Posted By: HaleyI have a confession: I’m eighteen, and I read More magazine. Every month, I get a glimpse into what it means to be a woman over the age of forty in American society. Recently, I overheard a saying: “Men age, women rot.” This phrase encapsulates the message that More sends its readers. It’s the reason that Continue reading
Is cosmetic surgery a solution to bullying?
Date: August 23, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyNadia Ilse, a 14-year-old girl in Georgia, is attracting attention for getting cosmetic surgery to get bullies off her back. In an interview with ABC News, Nadia described the torment that school bullies put her through, calling her names like “Dumbo” or “elephant ears.” Unable to afford surgery, Nadia got it covered by the Little 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
Swimming and camping and… Waxing? Oh my.
Date: July 17, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyWhen I was 15 years old and gearing up for summertime, my thoughts were much like the thoughts of any other kid preparing for three months of school-less bliss. Beach. Camping. Barbecues. Swimming. One thing that was certainly not on my mind was whether this would be the summer I would get a bikini wax. Continue reading
Yo magazines: It’s time YOU went on a diet!
Date: June 28, 2012 | Posted By: StaceySomebody needs to go on a diet and it’s not us. It’s the media. Their current regimen? High in digitally deceptive additives (ahem, photoshop), low in nutrient rich reality and diversity. The cure? We want real. Not retouched. That is why About-Face is honored to join the frontline of the three-day social media Keep It Continue reading
The “Yaeba” trend in Japan is not so different from American cosmetic trends
Date: March 29, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyOrthodontia and the pursuit of correcting crooked choppers is big business here in the US and Western cultures. While certainly used for reasons other than aesthetics, the primary purpose for seeing an orthodontist is to correct a misaligned mouth. Historically, a straight smile was a status symbol, implying that those bearing braces or corrective devices Continue reading