Here's What Barbie Would Look Like if She Had Average Measurements

Artist Nickolay Lamm — he of the future fish faced humas and fresh-faced, scary-ass Barbie — got the measurements of an average 19-year-old from the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) and then made a 3D model and used photoshop to shape her into Barbie's blond as hell image. The result? Skipper on steroids A… » 7/03/13 10:00am 7/03/13 10:00am

‘Every Single Woman in America Is Now Curvy’ — and That’s a Good Thing

There's a smart, funny read on The Cut right now that gives the overuse of the word "curvy" as a descriptor for All Types of Women a good talking-to. Lauren Bans takes on the fashion and entertainment media's exhaustive use of the term in all situations involving females, citing loads of examples, and shows how, when… » 12/12/12 4:30pm 12/12/12 4:30pm

If Your Kid Is Fat, You Might Not Even Know It

When it comes to evaluating their children, parents aren't known for objectivity. After all, everyone usually thinks their kids are above average in every way, even though that is statistically impossible. But it turns out, strangely, that many parents are not very good at telling when their kids are above average in… » 5/08/12 11:30am 5/08/12 11:30am

A History Of Presidential Races, Broken Down By Weight

All of this speculation about Chris Christie's weight — and whether or not it will affect his ability to become the next President — gives us the perfect reason to take a look back at the size, weight, and height of political candidates of the past. This Op-Chart, published in 2008 by the New York Times, does exactly… » 9/29/11 4:35pm 9/29/11 4:35pm

Marie Claire's "Fatties" Counterpoint: "Yes, Fat People Exist"

The Marie Claire mishigas continues. Now, the mag is running a "counterpoint" series to Maura Kelly's initial "provocative" article. The first one's title? "Yes, Fat People Exist: A Vote in Favor of More Diverse Bodies on TV." » 10/28/10 12:00pm 10/28/10 12:00pm

Study: Even Plus-Size Models Lower Self-Esteem

According to a new study, overweight women feel worse about themselves after looking at photos of models, whether those models are skinny or not. Underweight women, however, show an increase in self-esteem. So what's going on here? » 10/15/09 9:40am 10/15/09 9:40am

It's Not Always Easy Looking Like A Fat Hooker

This week's New Yorker runs a short notice about Margot Roth, a first-time filmmaker who set out to make documentary showing "real" nude women, with all of their not-so-perfect parts exposed (the New Yorker describes her as the "Bob Guccione of bulgy everywomen"). When Roth shot the film — now called Fifty Nude Women: A… » 1/28/08 3:00pm 1/28/08 3:00pm