​Here's Why You're Wearing More Makeup Than Everyone Thinks You Need To

When you leave home ready to face the public having spent five minutes or 50, you have artfully negotiated a far more complex arrangement than can be summed up in a study about how much makeup is the most attractive according to men, women, pets, postal workers, goldfish, or Bangor University students. Nonetheless,… » 4/29/14 12:00pm 4/29/14 12:00pm

We Need To Talk About 'Butt Selfie Queen' Jen Selter

I tried to ignore this woman for as long as possible. I really did. The first time I heard the term "butt selfie" and later, "Queen of the Butt Selfie," I knew nothing but frustration and eyerolls would come from me learning more about either of those things. So I drew my mind far, far away from this human and her… » 4/15/14 5:15pm 4/15/14 5:15pm

A Message From the Chairwoman of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee

I peaked, size wise, at the age of 10, when I bought my first training bra — that, with a bit of a tug across the torso, could certainly fit my bust line today. Vacillating between the funny gray area of a size 32AA and 32A (depending on the time of the month), as an adult woman my breasts hardly heave, but rather… » 3/17/14 7:00pm 3/17/14 7:00pm

Photoshop Gifs Make You Wonder Why We Have Models At All

The gifs from this video just go to show how much creative license someone skilled at Photoshop can take with the image of a woman. Honestly, it doesn't really seem to matter what the model looks like to begin with. She could have been a scribble of a stick figure on the back of a CVS receipt, and we would have ended… » 10/30/13 4:00pm 10/30/13 4:00pm

Will Women Ever Have the Freedom to Be Ugly?

Once, on a blind date in my twenties, a guy I instantly didn't like realized this and said something hilariously awful by date's end: "You're a bitch, and you're not even pretty enough to be a bitch." It's funny because I totally was pretty enough. No, it's funny because HE LOOKED LIKE AN AARDVARK. Actually, it's… » 10/22/13 11:20am 10/22/13 11:20am

Beauty is an Impediment: Julia Pastrana and the Modern-Day Politics of…

While critics were debating if Lena Dunham gets too naked too often; or if Melissa McCarthy is too fat to be a movie star Julia Pastrana’s mummified remains were being collected from an Oslo medical facility and sent home to Mexico to be laid to rest. In her death, as in life, the subject of Ms. Pastrana's looks… » 7/05/13 3:45pm 7/05/13 3:45pm

Forensic Sketch Artist Proves You're Your Own Worst Critic

"Sketches," a new project from Dove, is an interesting look at self-esteem and ingrained standards of beauty. As seen in the clip above, the experiment involves women sitting down in a room with forensic artist Gil Zamora. They are separated by a curtain: He doesn't see them; they can't see what he's doing. Zamora… » 4/16/13 12:34pm 4/16/13 12:34pm

Should Guys Wear Tinted Moisturizer? We Made 'Em Try It.

Calling it "tinted moisturizer" instead of "makeup" seems to make men more comfortable with the idea of wearing it. But are you comfortable with men wearing it? You should be. In case you needed any convincing of its unisex benefits, we applied tinted moisturizer to the faces of our colleagues at Deadspin. Check out… » 4/15/13 2:20pm 4/15/13 2:20pm

Tanning Is a Young, White, Female Problem. And It's Deadly.

There are lots of causes we could argue are worth dying for: saving a life, freedom, maybe even religious martyrdom or something epic like that. Having “bronzed, sun-kissed” skin is not one of them. Not even Coco Chanel would argue with that, though she is credited with starting the Western trend of white women… » 4/10/13 1:20pm 4/10/13 1:20pm

I Can't Stop Looking at These South Korean Women Who've Had Plastic…

There's a full-length mirror and a scale on every single floor of the all-girls high school where Julia Lurie works. She's an American teaching English in South Korea, the country with the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery in the world. One in five women in Seoul have undergone some kind of procedure. Most… » 1/16/13 6:00pm 1/16/13 6:00pm