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Madonna is nothing if not contradictory. She's like a virgin, but she's also a material girl; she's ancient, but she's hot like fire.This makes her a tough pill to swallow on occasion (kinda like the MDMA she kinda told us we should all do on her MDNA tour). But the last thing that should make Madonna unlikable is her body hair.  The selfie is relatively tame body-hair-wise, and reminiscent of Patti Smith's iconic ... Read More
  When the photographer Julia Kozerski lost literally half her body weight, dropping from 338 to under 178 lbs, she cataloged her complex emotional reaction to her physical transformation in a series titled Half. Unlike most most weight loss media aimed at shaming women for our bodies, the artist avoids the display of any cheerful post-weight-loss confidence, forcing viewers to consider the murky and provocative intersections of body image and ... Read More
Okay, so American Apparel hired a 62-year old model, whatever. Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf took body appreciation to a new level and started a photo series featuring dozens of scantily clad mature models #WERKIN' it.  The series titled "Mature" takes aim at everyone’s obsession with sexualizing women’s bodies and the ticking clock of youth and beauty. Olaf reminds us that there is no age restriction on embracing your body; you can never start ... Read More
  A few weeks back, we were so thrilled to hear that Aerie, the teen lingerie store affiliated with American Eagle, will not be Photoshopping their models for their new Spring campaign titled #AerieREAL. The ad images feature models ranging in size, shape, and ethnicity (this range is vast relative to most competitors, although, to be honest, it still does not encompass the diversity of America’s teens). Well, there's a new ... Read More
Has it been your lifelong dream to be completely starkers in front of 299 other equally naked strangers whilst you paint one another’s bodies in the name of art and body acceptance? If so, prepare yourself to be extremely psyched. There's a naked painting party happening in NYC, and no, it’s not in the grungy basement of an art student’s walk-up. No, my friends, this naked painting party is hosted by Social Exposure, it’s aided by ... Read More
    “In this society, there’s so much pressure for women to be thin,” writes the photographer Lee Price of her motivation for her recent series of hyper-realistic oil paintings of women consuming desserts, “we’re not supposed to have appetites—and not just for food, but for a lot of things.”     Her goal in these vivid works is to present an alternate view of women, food, body image, and ... Read More
The selfie photograph is potentially profoundly empowering, but as a genre it can also be repetitive and affirming of specific and exclusive ideas about beauty and female self-worth; it all depends on the selfie in question. Amidst the plethora of staged selfie images, one selfie we don’t see very much is a selfie in which a woman’s body is changing unpredictably, and that’s what makes the photographer Sophie Starzenski’s 40 Weeks and a ... Read More
  Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly ... Read More
The photographer Stephanie Diani, whose exquisite series on burlesque dancers captivated us last week, is also the force behind Tribe of Impossible Perfection, a body of work comprising a rich collection of photographs illustrating the personal and cultural significance of body image. For each portrait, she invited a sitter to divulge their thoughts on their own bodies, asking, “If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?” As ... Read More
An online petition for Disney to feature their first plus-sized female protagonist has been created by Virginia high school student, Jewel Moore. On Change.org, she explains: “I made this petition because I’m a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus sized girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media.”  In her post, Moore suggests that since Disney films are so widespread and ... Read More
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