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Cosmetic Procedures

Cankles: Another body part to obsess over

Date: August 21, 2009 | Posted By:
“Cankles” is a charming term (like “love handles”, “muffin top”, “saddlebags”, etc.) that describes yet another thing women are made to feel insecure about: having ankles the size of one’s calves. As reported on Feministing, Gold’s Gym graciously took a step to eradicate this nonexistent problem by declaring July “Cankle Awareness Month.” Continue reading

Latisse: A Medical Prescription to “Cure” Short Eyelashes

Date: June 17, 2009 | Posted By:
While I was watching reruns of a family-friendly sitcom the other afternoon, a commercial came on advertising longer and fuller eyelashes. Usually commercials with promises of pumping up eyelash volume are reserved for mascara. This commercial, however, was for the prescription medicine, Latisse. The commercial informs the viewer that one must consult a doctor before Continue reading

Don’t Tell Me My Body Isn’t Perfect, Oprah!

Date: May 11, 2009 | Posted By:
It is sad to say, but when most women hear the words “beach season,” we brace ourselves to feel bad about our bodies. This is something I have come to expect from women’s magazines and diet-pill commercials, but I didn’t expect Oprah to join in with a swift kick to women’s body image. Continue reading

Reared to Compete: Toddlers and Tiaras

Date: May 1, 2009 | Posted By:
While previous generations were playing with Barbies, current younglings are opting to become Barbie – and their mothers don’t seem to mind. In a current reality TV series on TLC, Toddlers and Tiaras, the cameras follow young girls and their mothers in their quest to win beauty pageants. Beauty pageants have always been scrutinized, and Continue reading

The Benefit of Laughter

Date: March 17, 2009 | Posted By:
I wore a beautiful smile all afternoon on Friday thanks to Benefit Cosmetics, and I didn’t even get a makeover! I was swiftly walking down Fillmore Street in San Francisco in search of food when I noticed a storefront window that read, “Laughter is the best cosmetic… so grin and wear it.” Continue reading

“… so we went ahead and pieced together a new girl.”

Date: March 13, 2009 | Posted By:
Jesse Epstein, the filmmaker who made the terrific short documentary “Wet Dreams and False Images,” is back with a video op-ed on the NYTimes.com. In it, she asks whether American magazine editors should be required by law to disclose how much they have retouched images in their magazines. Well, should they? Continue reading

“America the Beautiful”: Why beauty is out of control.

Date: August 27, 2008 | Posted By:
You’re reading the About-Face blog, so I’m gonna guess that you’re interested in the various messed-up ways women and girls are portrayed in media, and how it can really damage our self-esteem and self-respect. Well, now there’s a movie about it! It’s the new documentary “America the Beautiful,” and you should really go see it. Continue reading

A contestant from “The Swan” speaks out

Date: July 22, 2008 | Posted By:
When Lorrie A. appeared on cosmetic-surgery reality show “The Swan” back in 2004, she didn’t know what she was getting herself into. Now she’s scarred and damaged. Have a look at her (very short) interview on E! News from Sunday: About-Face took action around “The Swan”‘s airing. Continue reading

A cautionary tale: growing up under the knife

Date: July 1, 2008 | Posted By:
“Mommy, does plastic surgery make you look like a different person?” “No, it just makes you look more beautiful than you used to be.” From my seat next to her, both of us facing the Starbucks storefront, I balked. Her reflection gave her away: tall, thin, with a tightly drawn face and deep-set eyes. Continue reading

Liposuction Sucks!

Date: April 25, 2007 | Posted By:
The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an article about the growing number of “mommies” turning to cosmetic surgery to get rid of unwanted fat, cellulite, and saggy breasts. I have so many comments, I don’t even know where to begin–but they all revolve around this narrow standard of beauty women feel pressured to live up Continue reading