Angels No More…

Gisele Bundchen VS Show

Gisele Bundchen recently hung up her angel wings when she and Victoria’s Secret decided to separate ways. One of the reasons (allegedly) that Victoria’s Secret decided to drop her was because she … continue reading this entry.

Advertising for ‘Real’ Beauty

Allergan Ad

What do you think this ad is trying to sell you? Would it help if I gave you the caption that went ran with it?

“And she looks smarter too..” – That’s what it read. Think you have an idea? The ad is for … continue reading this entry.

Don’t be a Boob About Tit!

Salma HayekJessica SimpsonKate Hudson

In this May’s issue of JANE magazine (Take note that Jane Magazine is no longer in publication and the pictures have been removed) the editors decided to do something out of the ordinary, something that no magazine has done before – which was to feature real women with real breasts (absolutely NO boob jobs!). Their goal was to feature breasts au naturale in hopes that women would begin to feel better about their own bodies. In the year 2005, 364,610 women in the US went under the knife to have breast augmentation performed… with the exception of women who had breast implants as a result of mastectomies, i would presume that all of these women were part of the skyrocketing 70% of the women in this country who claim to dislike their breasts. I guess it doesn’t help much that fake boobs are everywhere, bouncing around in our faces like torpedoes without a purpose, not actually proving to be useful (unless you’re at a bar) but just there to intimidate small chested women. … continue reading this entry.

Hybrid is the New Beauty

Angelina Jolie

The other day in class we talked about the rise of the hybrid beauty and how the ambiguity of nationality adds to how some women are perceived as ‘exotic’ and ‘mysterious’. The mystery of it all comes from the way someone can look at another person and see elements of different cultures but can’t really pinpoint where that person is from (curiosity) – this is what being exotic is about; the notion that you do not look like others and that people have to keep guessing. Like Angelina Jolie – although she is french-canadian, she looks exotic and has elements to her look that make her stand out from the rest. … continue reading this entry.

Starving Yourself – the British Way

Fat Teens Can’t Hunt

A new reality TV series titled ‘Fat Teens Can’t Hunt’ is set to air in the UK sometime in the near future. The premise of the show? It’s exactly what it sounds like: fat teenagers are forced to survive in ‘middle-of-nowhere’ Australia with Aboriginal communities and hunt for their own food. I laughed out loud thinking that it was some kind of joke that somone thought up in response to how much weight people lose on ‘Survivor’. It sounds absolutely ridiculous (and it should), but the show is real! … continue reading this entry.

Finally, Something We Both Agree On

This link will take you to a different type of ‘beautiful women’ list where it’s purely a survey done by men to focus mainly on the physical and less on the internal beauty of the actual individual. Very much unlike ‘People’s 100 Most Beautiful’ list which instead focuses not only on external beauty but also the qualities that the celebrity embodies that makes him/her beautiful.
Topping the askmen’s list at number 1 is Beyonce: reviewers say “she’s breathtakingly beautiful — with sexy curves”.

Beyonce … continue reading this entry.

Real Women Have Curves!

Beyonce SI

I was at the gym flipping through a tabloid magazine when I came upon an article that used the most desired body parts of celebrities to create a ‘super’ celeb. This may seem like any normal article that a tabloid would run but what really stuck out for me was that readers voted the best/most-desired body in Hollywood to Beyonce Knowles (above, in SI’s Swimsuit issue). … continue reading this entry.

But What Are You REALLY Trying to Sell Me?

I just watched Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly III” in which Kilbourne offers an in-depth analysis of how advertisements have influenced and affected today’s women. Her main focus is on how women are depicted and how their bodies are objectified – usually as individual objects (i.e. legs, breasts, butt.. etc) rather than whole beings. … continue reading this entry.

That’s Haute!

The Corpse Look

The fashion industry plays a HUGE part in shaping the way young women and girls feel about themselves. Last November when 21-year-old Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston (show below) died of causes linked to anorexia it became clear that the fashion world was to blame for promoting such an image. Many insisted that the fashion indiustry change its guidelines on how models should look, and the result? … continue reading this entry.

Seeing is Believing

The above video is truly a brilliant example in exposing the unattainable images that women so often see in the media today (i.e. TV, magazines, tabloids.. etc). The pressures that women deal with to be beautiful and thin is truly a new phenomenon. … continue reading this entry.

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