Jourdan Dunn 'Honored' to Be the New Spokeswoman for Maybelline

Earlier this month, Lupita Nyong'o landed a contract with Lancome; today British model Jourdan Dunn has signed a deal to be the spokeswoman for Maybelline. Great advancements for women of color in the beauty industry — and for consumers. » 4/17/14 3:20pm Thursday 3:20pm

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 butt… » 4/15/14 5:15pm Tuesday 5:15pm

Why We Need More 'Ugly' People On TV

Because I am the most tedious person in the history of dad's-girlfriends, the other day I found myself yelling at a 12-year-old girl, "'UGLY' IS A CONSTRUCT." (Past good-time hits have included, "ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES," "NEUTRALITY HELPS THE OPPRESSOR," "NO, THE PRETTY LITTLE LIARS MAIN CAST ISN'T ALL MOSTLY WHITE… » 3/25/14 5:30pm 3/25/14 5:30pm

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 awful,… » 10/22/13 11:20am 10/22/13 11:20am

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

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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 and … » 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 asks… » 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 how… » 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 wanting … » 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

Meet the Women Who Tattoo Their Gums Black for a More Beautiful Smile

In this video making the rounds, a woman named Marième, who lives in Senegal, goes to get her gums tattooed black. "I want black gums to obtain a more beautiful smile," she says. "It's become an obsession." Later, she admits: "I'm scared." As she should be! The procedure, which takes place outdoors using handmade needles and … » 1/02/13 6:30pm 1/02/13 6:30pm

Shut The Fuck Up About Lady Gaga's Weight

Lady Gaga's body may or may not look slightly different lately. That's her business. Who cares? Oh, wait: The tabloid papers and gossip sites do. Reports claim that she's "piled on 30 pounds" and has a "fuller figure." But what's piling on is the bullshit: Body scrutiny like this is cruel and pointless. » 9/20/12 12:40pm 9/20/12 12:40pm