Body Confidence

Does Page 3 Increase Women's Awareness of Their Own breasts?

Lisa Clarke | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Lisa Clarke

Page 3 is not about breast cancer awareness, it is soft-pornography, and the evidence would suggest that it has no place either in body confidence or in health promotion.

'A Fat Girl Dancing' Star Talks Body Image

Barcroft Media | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Dancer Whitney Thore became an online star after clips of her dancing energetically in a video titled 'A Fat Girl Dancing' went viral. The 25 ston...

Poorna Bell

Girl Guides And Dove Team Up To Tackle Body Confidence Among Young Women | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We were starting to get a little worried about Dove - although we loved their Real Women campaign when it came out, what has followed since are slight...

Bikini Season: Five Reasons Why This Term Sucks When You're a Woman

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

It's barely spring and already I've started getting emails about summer - or should I say 'bikini season'. Here's fair warning: anyone who pings me a message with those two words in the subject line should expect an instant redirect to the trash folder. I hate the term - am completely sick of it - and here's why.

Barbie To Appear On Sports Illustrated Magazine Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"The doll that started it all," reads the strapline of the Sports Illustrated cover featuring Barbie, marking the start of Mattel's Unapologetic campa...

No Wonder We're Obsessed With Weight Loss!

Abi S. Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

On typing 'anorexia' into Google, the third predictive suggestion that comes up is 'anorexia tips'; I don't think it is a weight problem that we have, I think it is a deeply ingrained social one that is having a devastating effect on national health.

Should Barbie Get a Plus Size Make Over?

Rivkie Baum | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rivkie Baum

The question should have been... Does Barbie need to gain some more realistic measurements? Instead what we have is shock and shame tactics, that use a caricature image to represent a plus size woman that is already marginalised and ridiculed by the media and once again opens the industry up to mockery. Essentially what we're left with is one extreme to another.

Is Joining the Gym Really Going to Help Your Love Life?

Brett Harding | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Recent studies suggest that joining to the gym and working to keep fit may not be as useful for your love life as you think - and in many relationships, the couples are happier when they are not worrying about their weight...

Brogan Driscoll

Whether Plus Size, Skinny Or In Between - We Are All Real Women | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

According to the fashion and media powers that be, there are two types of women in this world: the super slim and the super size. The former cut a ...

Pressures on Teenage Girls to Join the 'In Crowd"

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicci Roscoe

Surely we can't all be expected to look like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Girls approaching their teenage years are becoming more vulnerable to outside influences and obsessive about their looks.

The Soft Body Is on the Rise!

Michael Edmondstone | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Edmondstone

The results of this survey shed a little optimism on all the gloom. They suggest that women generally have a healthy view of beauty and don't aspire to the super-slimline frames that verge on the unhealthy.

I'm a Real Woman, Too

Emma J Brooke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma J Brooke

I am naturally a slim, size 8. Well, here's the truth. I didn't feel beautiful, when one of the boys I had a crush on at school ran up and asked me if I was anorexic in front of his friends. I didn't feel sexy when a group of builders drove past in a white van, shouting at me to eat some food.

Transgender Model Achieves Her Dream Of Modelling At LFW

SWNS | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A model who was teased as 'Glenda the bender' has achieved her dream of modelling at London Fashion Week. She looks amazing, don't you think? ...

Are Curvy Women Becoming More Comfortable With Themselves?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When Models 1, one of the country's leading modelling agencies launched its first plus-size modelling competition, it seemed as if it was yet another ...

Inspiring Quotes From Female Celebrities With A Healthy Body Image

Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

It's not surprising that constant exposure to airbrushed images of models and paparazzi shots of stick-thin celebrities in the media, have been proven...

I Can't Wait for Summer to End So I Can Be Sexy Again

Pete Cashmore | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Cashmore

I don't much care for summer. It makes me hot (as summer is prone to do), bothered, sweaty, and limits my fashion options to ghastly shorts and T-shirts that tend to be figure-hugging nowadays whether I want them to be or not. Meanwhile, on holidays or even in the parks of London, I am confronted at every turn by figures of youthful nubility, all tight and toned and blemish-free, and given constant opportunity to envy them for their beauty.

Our Children Shouldn't Grow Up Thinking Looks Are the Most Important Thing in Life

Jo Swinson | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

Parents can despair when they hear their seven-year old daughter complaining about feeling fat, or see their teenager struggle with insecurity about her looks. Young girls in particular are constantly bombarded with unrealistic images of beauty - images they can never live up to. The images of beauty we see in the media are all pretty much the same - it's as if there's only one way of being beautiful. I'd like to see a much broader mix of people in magazines and on TV, to help young people of every size, body shape and skin tone feel that there is a place for them.

Fab At 40: Why You Should Embrace Your Body, Not Hide It

Laura Casewell | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Casewell

Yesterday 45-year-old pop star Kylie Minogue shared a photo on her Instagram page of herself wearing a (tiny) leopard print swimming costume. Standing with her back to the camera, her body looks fantastic, and despite not being as flawless as it may have been in her 20s, she looks toned and slim.

On Having Casual Sex Without Being an A** About It

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

Casual sex should be with somebody you actually like. My new rule of thumb is to only shag men I don't mind sleeping over, and am okay with kissing goodbye when they leave. Anyone else isn't worth my time- and if I'm not prepared to make at least that much effort, I'm probably not worth theirs, either.

Dove Releases New Video But How Does It Compare To Controversial 'Real Beauty Sketches'?

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Following in the well-heeled -- if slightly controversial -- footsteps of Dove's 'Real Beauty Sketches' campaign comes the beauty brand's follow-up vi...

Women Feel More Bikini Confident In Their 50s Than Women In Their 20s (POLL)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

While women in their 20s and 30s are scrambling around trying to get 'bikini ready', women 20 or 30 years older them already feel confident that they ...

'Pole Dancing Has Given Me A Real Confidence Boost'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

At 65, Cecylia Metcalfe is the oldest pole dancer in Britain -- but she says she feels younger than ever. Cecylia, from Durham, took up the unusual...

Not Just a Pretty Face

Hannah Dawson | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Dawson

It is painful enough for a woman to know how to think about her body. Here's culture, screaming at us on the one hand to be sexy, and on the other not to be sluts. And here's nature, permeating social interaction with both desire and revulsion.

LOOK: 'Malibu Barbie' Mum Addicted To Tanning

Barcroft Media | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Mum-of-two Sarah Willman has been addicted to tanning since she was 14 and cannot stop because she loves 'the Barbie look'. Sarah was nicknamed 'Ma...

Is Mike Jeffries the Real Problem?

Beth Saward | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Saward

Abercrombie and Fitch have been catapulted into the social media recently with Robin Lewis' revelations that the CEO of the company, Mike Jefferies, doesn't want larger people buying his products.