Women and Body Image

Living With Body Dysmorphia

Ashleigh Houlton | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Houlton

From as young as I can remember, I have had issues with my weight and body image. Age 11 and starting secondary school, my life told a totally different story from today. I was petite, with a rather boyish shape, straight up and down; no hips, no bust and no derrière.

Protein World Ad Ruled 'Not Offensive'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's the "body shaming" campaign that caused widespread backlash and disgust. Now the infamous "Are you beach body ready?" advert from Protein Worl...

Vogue Wants You To Cover Up Your 'Ageing Elbows'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Another day, another body part for women to worry over. Once you're done agonising over whether your bum looks too big or your thighs are too wobb...

Blogger Shaves Head For Cancer Awareness To Prove That Bald Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A positive body image campaigner has shaved her head in the name of cancer awareness. Leyah Shanks, 22, hopes to challenge the stereotypes surround...

Finally, An Underwear Campaign Starring Women Who Look Like Us

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Style

Forget supermodels, it's all about the role models for British lingerie brand Panache who have launched a new campaign celebrating the achievements of...

Girls As Young As Six Are Dieting Over Body Image Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Back in the day, our six-year-old worries were usually centred around what we were having for tea, who our best friend was or how long we could play o...

'Cheeky' Campaign Gives The Middle Finger (Literally) To Negative Body Image

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If negative body image was a person, we'd certainly flip them the bird. Now, a new awareness campaign has launched which encourages people to get i...

Why I Stripped to Make a Statement

Tara Costello | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Tara Costello

Like many other companies out there, Protein World is attempting to shame women in order to push their product. The image features bold writing asking commuters "ARE YOU BEACH BODY READY?" when it might as well say "DO YOU FEEL RUBBISH YET?".

What's Wrong With Being Fat?

Ellie Lewis | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

I want to see a fair representation of realistic bodies for all women so girls and women all over the country can see someone who looks like them and make them feel not only more normal but possibly beautiful as well.

Keep The Plus

Rivkie Baum | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Style
Rivkie Baum

Dropping the word plus won't make a runway dress fit. The change for more plus models in mainstream campaigns and publications can only happen when the way sampling is done changes, actions and sample sizes here in this case will really speak louder than words.

My Lingerie Is Feminist Because a Feminist Is Wearing It

Lea Emery | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Lea Emery

Neon Moon's body-positive, un-photoshopped ads are great. I love them. But we need to stop throwing around the word 'feminist' as some sort of watered-down synonym for 'good-for-women-in-some-way-ish'. And we really need to think before slap it on products.

Why This Girl Was Willing to Be Filmed in My Swimming Kit

Anna Foster | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Foster

Two days before my daughter's first birthday, my to-do list read like this. 1) Cake. 2) Presents. 3) Dig out sagging pre-pregnancy swimming costume and go for a dip in the local pool, the whole thing filmed in close-up with a strategically positioned bright light highlighting every normally-hidden flaw.

Facebook Finally Does Away With Its Fat And Ugly Emojis

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Facebook's controversial 'fat' and 'ugly' emojis have finally been phased out, following a petition on Change.org. The social networking site had ...

Meet The Women With The Biggest Hips In The World

Barcroft | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new documentary on Channel 5 is set to showcase four women who are contenders for the title of 'world's biggest hips', while also shedding some ligh...

Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Talks About Being Named As Face Of Retail Brand

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A plus-size fashion and beauty blogger says she has been "blown-away" with emotion after being named as the face of Scarlett and Jo, an exclusive clot...

Is It Time to Love Yourself This Valentines?

Juls Abernethy | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Juls Abernethy

Loving Yourself is not about having the perfect body, it's about being able to feel confident inside and out. It's about accepting where you are now and making peace with your body so that you can achieve the body, health and wellbeing that you want and deserve.

'Over 50 Shades Of Grey' Lingerie Advert Puts Fifty Plus Women In The Spotlight

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This year has already shown huge promise when it comes to women over the age of 50 being represented fairly in the fashion industry. And now, onli...

11 Things You Need to Stop Apologising for, Right This Second

Leyah Shanks | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leyah Shanks

We've been subliminally taught to hate so many things about ourselves it's sickening. Unless we fit into a very narrow mould of what we're "supposed" to look like, we feel this unrelenting need to apologise for it. Why? What would happen if we gave it all a defiant middle finger and stopped buying into these constructed norms of what's beautiful?

Low Self-Esteem Puts Women Off Sport. This Has Got To Change.

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women are not engaging in sports activities for fear of being "judged about how they look", the chairman of Sport England has revealed. Research by...

The Enlightenment

Lisa Edwards | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I looked at the Page 3 girls and hoped I'd look like Linda Lusardi when I was older. I blushed when various family members and friends would comment on my body - no part of it was left unscrutinised by the people that surrounded me, male and female. I'd say that started around the age of eight.

The Epiphany

Lisa Edwards | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

Women I consider to be incredible in their personal and professional lives have admitted to me that they're following some kind of mega-control diet like I was, like not eating in the daytime, or restricting their daily calorie intake to near-starvation levels. Why?

Guy Recreates Pop Diva Photoshoots On Instagram And It's Brilliant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most Instagram profiles boast a combination of selfies, scenery and, um, whatever's for lunch juxtaposed next to a bunch of flowers. And then ther...

What Victoria's Secret and Meghan Trainor Are Trying to Tell You About Your Body

Ellen Stewart | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Stewart

Guess what girls? Your body is disgusting. If you're bigger than a size 12 you're disgusting. If you're smaller than a size 12 you're disgusting. And just who's decided you're disgusting? Your fellow women, of course.

The F Word: Emma Watson and the Aftermath

Rae Duke | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Duke

Emma's set out the direction we need to head in, but in order to genuinely permeate our society's consciousness on the gender issue for good, we need to re-tune our media's frame of reference. Just think how many girls came to know of Emma's addressing the UN via an article dominated by images of her outfit...

We Need to Stop Thinking of Women in Terms of Body Parts

Pennie Varvarides | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pennie Varvarides

I tend to get one of two responses when I mention wanting bigger muscles: a) 'I don't like girls with muscles' or b) 'but you'll look like a man'. The first comment suggests that my body exists solely for the viewing pleasure of that person, the second: that women are supposed to conform to certain socially constructed ideals...