Health and Body
Down with the Victoria’s Secret “Fashion Show”
Date: December 10, 2013 | Posted By: JenniferAt 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
Beautiful blemishes: scars as signs of strength and beauty
Date: December 9, 2013 | Posted By: KatelinAs 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
How the world has turned our grocery lists into our body types
Date: November 26, 2013 | Posted By: ElizabethPears, 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
“I like my body because it’s magic.”
Date: November 10, 2013 | Posted By: SashaWhen I was around four years old, I announced to my parents, “I like my round belly!” Probably not a sentence you’d expect to hear from a 14-year-old or 24-year-old — by then, sadly, we learn that round bellies and mainstream standards of beauty don’t mix. But I was reminded of my upbeat four-year-old announcement Continue reading
Let’s see those tummies: stretch marks, scars, fat rolls, and all!
Date: November 7, 2013 | Posted By: Sara OGoogle image search “belly” and you will find: 1) Perfectly flat, bikini-clad bellies and model men with six-packs. 2) People woefully grasping at or measuring their belly fat. 3) Pregnant bellies. It’s no wonder that when I found a stretch mark on my belly (after a particularly delicious summer feasting on Afghan food at family Continue reading
Model with Down syndrome takes fashion world by storm
Date: October 17, 2013 | Posted By: AlliePopular fashion retailer Wet Seal has a new model who is turning heads and making headlines. She describes her style as “biker chick,” prefers Justin Bieber music on the set of her photo shoots, and has gained the admiration of thousands of fans and counting. Her name is Karrie Brown, she’s a 17-year-old high school Continue reading
Plus-size models? Check. Disabled models? Check.
Date: October 15, 2013 | Posted By: SashaRemember earlier this year, when Abercombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries announced that he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store?” (Elizabeth wrote a great post about it!) Debenhams — a department store chain in the UK, Ireland, and Denmark — aimed for the opposite in its inclusive and body-positive “High Summer Look Book” Continue reading
Zero-calorie products do not equal beauty
Date: October 13, 2013 | Posted By: KatelinThe new magazine advertisement for Glacéau’s recently launched product, Fruitwater, just put me over the edge with the blunt connection that it made between beauty and its zero-calorie beverages. Zero-calorie this, zero-calorie that… I am really tired of the plethora of new “zero-calorie” products on the market. The market for them seems to be exploding Continue reading
From thigh gaps to hot dog legs: memes that make us feel bad about our bodies
Date: October 7, 2013 | Posted By: AudreySad that summer’s winding down? Me, too. Nah. Actually not. Because the most popular selfies this season were of people’s “hot dog legs” and I’m sick of looking at them. You know what I’m talking about (possibly because you’ve posted a few yourself?): the shots of tanned, smooth limbs lounging by the pool or beach 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