The Idea of Beautiful: A Brown Girl's Struggle with Beauty and Health

My favorite emcee, Rapsody, stated the perfect quote on her idea of beauty and struggle with her self-image due to being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease....more

How in the world are you considered a plus size model?!

One of my favorite things about working in the news business is meeting all the people I have met. I have life long friends across the world today because of all the places I’ve been. I met Amanda at my first TV news stop, News 12 The Bronx. We started at the same time and clicked immediately. It was then, that I told her she should be a model. She didn’t listen to me then, but a couple years later she listened to another TV colleague, went to an open casting at Wilhelmina Models, and was offered a contract on the spot....more

The Faulty Logic Conflating Postpartum Bellies with Body Image

Bellies get a lot of body image blame. Postpartum women, in particular, try to excise their midsections as quickly as possible; no one wants to get the “when are you due” question while cradling her 6 month old. And personally, my belly was my body image Achilles heel. In other words, I drew a straight line from my belly (particularly my diastasis recti) to my body image. ...more

3 Practical Steps to Having a Positive Body Image

Despite the popular cliché that “it’s what’s inside that matters most,” the truth is that many women actually care (and sometimes worry) about what’s outside as well.The tendency to be obsessed by the slim body, flat tummy, long flowing hair and glowing, spot-free skin of the models on the covers of fashion magazines is one that few women fall short of....more
I guess I don't look at my face closely when I'm getting ready in front of the mirror. I noticed ...more

Plastic

"What's wrong with me?" I cry to my best friend. "What did I do?! I tried to do all of the right things and I still lose. I don't know what's wrong with me."We're sitting in my car, in front of her house, and I'm bawling my eyes out. I just don't get it. It's like I've suddenly been transported to 1995 and I'm replaying the scene from Clueless; where Tai is crying over Elton not wanting her....more

Stop asking if it's okay to have pubes yet

It is obvious to many that I love men, however I love women more. I believe us women are far more fascinating and complex creatures than men, and we are arguably more empowered now than we have ever been, so why the fuck are we still asking them for their approval. Before I started writing I thought it would be a good idea to read, see what was out there and what other women had to say with their freedom of speech, i’ve noticed that there’s an awakening happening regarding our body hair, but we’re not quite there yet....more
Removing one's pubic hair is ridiculous. If a man prefers a woman who looks like she hasn't ...more

Five Reasons Plump Trumps Trim

Printed on ravishly. Anna Rosenblum Palmerhttp://annarosenblumpalmer.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Shelburbiahttps://twitter.com/annarefresh...more

Arguing for a Good Body Image

Sometimes emotion needs to be left out of body image. This sounds robot-ish, and I’m not suggesting we become detached automatons. However, if we have negative emotional reactions to our bodies, often we can short circuit these emotions by bypassing them altogether. ...more

3 Mental Exercises That Will Change How You Feel About Your Body

Having a good body image takes work, like anything else. If your body image could use some sprucing up, try these three exercises. ...more