Women and Body Image

THIS Is Why Women Struggle To Love Themselves (And Why They Shouldn't)

Shani Jay | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shani Jay

Gossip magazines are filled with unflattering pictures of celebs along with pages solely dedicated to 'fat-shaming'; while fashion magazines promote and praise nothing but a slim body shape - a shape which only 5% of women naturally possess.

How Underwear Can Help Promote A Positive Body Image As We Age

Parry Ray | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Style
Parry Ray

Negative body image is something we read about regularly; catwalk models being too thin, airbrushed magazine photos presenting an unreal version of reality and the effects on girls and young women. But actually it can create a negative effect for anyone.

Would You Knowingly Starve Your Child?

Danielle Manton-Kelly | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Manton-Kelly

Mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, grandparents, friends - you MUST treat your body with the exact same love, respect and pride that you would treat a child's.

Choose Confident - Learn To Love Yourself

Alli Plunkett | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Style
Alli Plunkett

Once you've evaluated your reflection and decided what you want to accentuate and what you want to divert from, consider what style you like. You don't need to choose a current prevailing fashion from a magazine; just decide what you like and what you feel comfortable with. 

Learning To Embrace Body Positivity

India Benjamin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
India Benjamin

Every time I saw a post like this, I'd have a brief moment of happiness for them, followed by a sinking feeling and a little voice telling me that they might be able to accept who they are, but I can't - shouldn't - because I am gross.

Diversity Progress In Fashion Is A Step Forward But There's No Time To Be Complacent

Denise Hatton | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Style
Denise Hatton

banner While there's nothing wrong with being naturally slim and tall, it's not representative of what our society looks like, leading to greater anxiety and fear among people of not being able to live up to what's considered beautiful.

Campaign To Dismantle Narrow Beauty Standards

Lekia Lée | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Style
Lekia Lée

banner The problem is not that we appreciate beauty but that the definition of beauty is so narrow, too narrow to include afro textured hair, so while society is waking up to the damaging effects of its narrow definition of beauty, advocating for body acceptance, even skin colour acceptance, hair discrimination still goes largely unopposed.

The Art Of Letting Yourself Go

Kirsty Baines | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kirsty Baines

Only when you let yourself go do you truly become yourself. You find the freedom your body has always craved and you learn to tune into your intuition. This might come with a few extra pounds or an extra belly roll or two but so what? Is that really the worst thing that could happen in your life?

Love Your Body For Life - Not Just For Christmas

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

Christmas is a time when women's relationships with our bodies can become particularly strained. One side of us is saying to eat our body weight in pigs in blankets, the other telling us we'll regret it when we don't look like Gigi Hadid come summer.

The 'Ideal Body' Is The One You Feel Comfortable In

Danae Varangis | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danae Varangis

Body anxiety is a growing issue. The number of people who aren't confident in the way they look is rising faster than ever, and the age at which these concerns are first felt is getting younger -- a survey conducted in October found that 38% of girls ages seven-to-ten felt that the most important thing to them is the way they look.

Ten Secrets To Eliminating That I Have Nothing To Wear Feeling

Loulou Storey | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Style
Loulou Storey

A lot of us wish that we dressed with more character, style and passaz and blame our clothes and lack of time as the trouble makers for our uninspired appearance. I am here to help you perk up your style and help you realise that there is a lot more excitement in your wardrobe than you give it credit for.

Woman And The Moon

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

She's a ghost. A shapeshifter. Heavenly woman. Her mystery is very seductive, and perhaps that's what stirs and excites me when I look upon her... transforms me. It's as though her ethereal fingers of light reach inside me and remind me of my own mystery... connect me to my own luminous centre..

No, Don't Eat The Cake! Stop Weight Loss Shaming!

Amanda Elias | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

Something I've seen a lot of on the old WWW lately, particularly Instagram, are some posts and images from women who are helping to empower other women by feeling confident in their own skin. This, of course, is marvellous.

Bullied For Being Boobless At Twelve

Larissa Scotting | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Larissa Scotting

It was a joke that stuck around just a bit too long. I remember exactly when it started - that's how much the experience affected me at the time, and ...

How to Boost Sex Drive and Vaginal Lubrication

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Throughout life, your body goes through many changes... your vagina is no different. Experiences such as puberty, sexual experiences, pregnancy, labou...

'Naked Attraction' or Britain's Newest Demeaning Game Show?

Nell Grecian | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Nell Grecian

In a poll held by BuzzFeed, 91 per cent of voters claimed they would never appear on the show. So, comedy value and shock factor? Yes. Educational and romantic television show promoting body confidence? Not so much. It will take a considerable amount more than this particular show to convince me that the best way to look for a partner is by examining their scrotum.

'Finding the New Normal' - Cancer and Body Image

Laura Regan | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Regan

It becomes very easy to be frustrated with your own body, but really, I am proud of my body. I am proud of my body for surviving this. Cancer treatment has put my body through a great amount of stress, but no matter what has been thrown at it, my body has pulled through and has managed to deal with all of it - my body really is amazing..

From Bilateral Mastectomy to Naked Spa!

Mandy Riches | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

I hope through sharing this we can help other women in similar situations. I know I can only speak for myself and I was lucky enough that the nipple-sparing surgery still enabled me to keep some resemblance of what was previously there, but if my experience helps one woman feel slightly better about their future or less scared then I will be happy.

The Hidden Danger of Fake Tan

Amanda Elias | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I'm not saying that everyone should give up their tan, if it's fake, safe and makes you happy then by all means, carry on. The same could be said about things like make-up and hair colour, as long as we explain to our young ones that it's all about creativity and having fun rather than it being a necessity to look good in society, why not. But as influencers to younger people I do feel we should be conscious of our actions.

Get Beach Body Ready

Hattie Harrison | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hattie Harrison

This is a VERY important post to remind you that if you haven't already started getting thinner/browner/sexier then it is time to START. The weather is getting warmer and your body must be PERFECT in order for you to expose any part of it. Exfoliate, moisturise and per-fect lady. It's time to get beach body ready.

Fighting Diet Culture With Body Positivity

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

As a nutritionist I feel pressure to look a certain way, and because I don't look like Deliciously Ella or the Helmsley Sisters, I rarely show pictures of my body on my website or Instagram (just the odd head shot).

I'm So Vain - Body Image after Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

It is now over a year since I completed what is termed "active treatment". Now I hate to seem ungrateful but however delighted I am to be alive, I would still welcome a head of hair without a bald patch, eyebrows that do not need drawing on each day and eyelashes that reach a lash count in excess of ten.

Body Shaming 101 - As Long As You're A Woman, You Don't Own Your Body

Tasha Okeke | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

It's an daily challenge. It's constant questioning. Is my dress too tight? Is my bra showing? Is my skirt too short? How can you not feel shamed about your own natural anatomy when society propels standards that make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

My Bump Is Still Here!

Hayley McLean | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley McLean

That still-rounded tummy which has housed and nurtured not one but THREE little lives over the past for years is suddenly a source of shame and embarrassment to me once more.

Maybe It's Not Easy Being Thin

Bronte Huskinson | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bronte Huskinson

Our young people need to be taught that when it comes to body shapes, there is no normal. Everyone's body is different. Curves are beautiful, but so are no curves. We need to start accepting that no woman is the same rather than holding one particular body as the desirable one.