A few months ago, I reconnected with a dear friend whom I hadn’t seen in quite some time. We met up for brunch, laughed about prior fights, squashed beefs and updated each other on our personal lives in between bites of truffle fries. In between convos about the escapades that happened during our distance, I mentioned…
Lindy West is one of American culture’s most invaluable voices. Thousands of us turn to her for unflinching, incisive cultural criticism and shattering wit. In May, she published her memoir, Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, which explores body image and the many ways in which American society teaches women to be…
The Egyptian Radio and Television Union has suspended eight female TV anchors for one month because apparently, they’re just too overweight to do their jobs.
On Monday, Meghan Trainor—who made her name with the song “All About That Bass,” which purports to celebrate a curvy form—released the music video for her latest single, “Me Too,” only to quickly remove it. The reason she gave? “They photoshopped the crap out of me,” she told her fans on Snapchat.
In 2014, I was hired as the Entertainment Editor at Ebony magazine, and as someone who’d been reading the magazine for as long as I could remember, getting hired there was surreal.
Ariel Winter has been very open about her body issues and her choice to have a breast reduction surgery. Unfortunately, users on Instagram—usually the height of propriety—didn’t get the message that just because a woman posts a photo of herself in a bikini doesn’t mean she’s inviting comments on her body.
A group of seniors at Trinity Academy, a private Christian school in Wichita, Kansas, have papered over the mirrors in all the girls’ restrooms in an effort to promote positive body image. Rather than their reflections, female students are met with an array of Bible verses and old chestnuts on inner beauty.
In a new interview with Glamour, Ariel Winter, star of Modern Family, revealed that she’d gotten breast reduction surgery. The actress only recently recovered from the procedure—in early June, to be specific—and spoke to the magazine about why she chose to go from a 32F to a 34D in order to make life easier.
Topshop will no longer display its clothing on freakishly tiny mannequins after British shopper Laura Berry posted a complaint on Facebook.
Instagram, the arbiter of America’s moral center between food and #gymflow, has welcomed at least one banned word back into their good graces: #curvy.
In the opening to her essay on being a “naked family,” Jess Spiring recounts a story about a time she left her daughters with a friend who, while babysitting, wanted to take a shower. The girls, Spiring writes, begged to join in. She is delighted and proud of them. Should she be?
Today Cupcakes and Cashmere blogger Emily Schuman launched her new clothing line, which bears the same name as her website, on both Nordstrom.com and Shopbop. Merchandise is selling swiftly, so if you wear a size eight or smaller, make haste!
Plus-size modeling is becoming ever more prevalent in the fashion industry, and the forthcoming documentary Straight/Curve is examining it in context.
About four years ago, after half a lifetime of irregular cycles, a new gynecologist identified the shadowy barnacles invading the ultrasound screen. “They’re cysts. It’s going to be very difficult for you to have children without intervention,” she said casually as I buttoned my jeans, “but we’ll cross that bridge…
We haven’t even gotten over #TheBellyButtonChallenge yet and we already have to grapple with a new ridiculous and wholly unsubstantiated standard of beauty: The Collarbone Challenge.
Are you ready for yet another inane and completely arbitrary method of determining whether or not you’ve got a #bikinibody? It seems that the thigh gap is out and we’ve moved on to the #bellybuttonchallenge. We are monsters. We deserve nothing.
An Yves Saint Laurent ad in Elle UK magazine has been banned for featuring a model who is “unhealthily underweight.”
If you’ve had a baby or plan to have one or know someone who might have a baby or already did — in other words, if you’re human — you’ve heard of the struggle to regain the “old self.” This is the person you were before a whole ‘nother person came along and the struggle to regain the old self is real. I spoke with my…
The first time I watched Botched, it was with equal levels of shock and shameful fascination. The premiere episode featured a woman with a lumpy uni-boob. Subsequent episodes: a woman whose ass implant flipped, a Justin Bieber wannabe, Janice Dickinson and a woman whose tragic tummy tuck had repositioned her…