Beauty Constructs Archives

Why must models be so tall?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The Thursday column at Healthy is the New Skinny looks at a century-old question: Why Do Models Have to Be So Tall? Excerpt:

Sandals limit our daughters ability to be in the world

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Dear Target, Payless and other sellers of shoes, As the mother of an active seven-almost-eight-year-old girl, I am asking you to please, please, please stop selling a zillion types of sandals for summer and only a limited types of actual shoes, especially sneakers. Here is a what the Target girls shoes site looks like:

Three Year Olds Watching Their Weight

From: discoverfeminism.com |

A recent ABC news clip has left me speechless. The story finds that girls as young as three years olds are  increasingly becoming worried that they are fat. Almost half of 3 to 6 year old girls who participated in a study recently conducted by the University of Central Florida, said they worried about being fat. The video above points to the fact that this obsession with bodyweight at such a young age has severe consequences when it comes to issues of eating disorders. The article, accompanying the video, points to a recent study conducted by the National Eating Disorders Association which found that eating disorder hospitalization for kids under age 12 has more than doubled between the years of 2000 and 2006.

In the Name of Girls: The AMA Calls for Magazine Ads to End Photoshopping Bodies

From: discoverfeminism.com |

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor When we first launched the Adios Barbie website 12 years ago, I had to explain what the term ‘body image’ meant to friends and family when they asked what I was up to. I was leading a lot of media literacy workshops at the time where I often had to prove

Love The Body You’ve Got (Take It From A Fat Girl)

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I recall a time in elementary school when a friend tried to defend me from a few bullies by saying that I “wasn’t fat, just big-boned.” A few years later, I had a teacher who — probably in an attempt to keep my ego intact — wouldn’t let kids say “fat” in class, only “fluffy.”

Can Handsome Men Be Faithful?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

My Tuesday column is up at The Good Men Project: Can Handsome Men Stay Faithful? Excerpt:

Little girls and big systemic cultural problems

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Good Morning America recently ran a segment on what I would term early-onset body image issues – girls as young as 5 and 6 are picking up on the cultural imperative for thinness, and the result is that girls are worrying about their weight before they’re out of the third grade. We’ve known for some time that little girls worry about this stuff, and that girls are starting to diet at younger and younger ages. GMA put together a panel of girls between the ages of 5 and 8 to ask them about diet, exercise, and how they felt about their bodies.

Dating Site Dedicated to the “Beautiful” Invaded by, Gasp!, the “Ugly”

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According to the Huffington Post, BeautifulPeople.com’s Managing Director Greg Hodge claims the company became suspicious when tens of thousands of new members, which included nearly 12,000 Americans, were accepted in over a month and a half’s time. And why was such a swelling of accepted profiles so suspicious? Because, says Hodge, most of them “were no oil painting.” So, to rectify “the situation,” they shut down the “ugly” profiles and launched a hotline to handle backlash and hurt feelings.

Saturday Vids: Andre’a – The 16 Year Old Body Image Role Model

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This video needs little introduction – it speaks for itself – but I will say I originally saw this video on the website We Are The Real Deal and immediately wanted (want) to be Andre’a’s best friend, because she is awesome, and we can all learn a thing or two from her confidence and positive message.

Terrifying Trend: Models and Mini-Liposuction

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By Valerie Kusler Earlier this week, in my half-asleep daze, I flipped on the Today Show for background noise while getting ready for work. When I heard Matt Lauer introduce one of the segments, I stopped in my tracks, turned up the volume, and braced myself. “Why are thin, fit women getting liposuction?” he inquired.

Battling Our Bodies

From: discoverfeminism.com |

This week on Morning Quickie we’ve seen it all: Moms starving themselves to lose their baby weight immediately, young women who can’t sleep because of the pressure to be thin and a firsthand account of anorexia. While we can find solace in the fact that plus-sized models are increasingly featured in magazines and ad campaigns,

Despite a Diverse Population, Brazil’s Fashion Week is Still Too White

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One would think that, in a country like Brazil where over 50 percent of the population is black and multiracial, the models in its fashion week would be reflective of that cultural make up. But that was not the case in São Paulo this week. According to The Guardian, protesters are bringing attention to the lack of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian models featured in the city’s fashion week and are calling for a 20 percent quota of Black models.

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