Women and Body Image

A Call For Time Out On Photoshop

Fran Hayden | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Magazines use photoshop and alter images to maintain a quintessential goal for men and women to adhere to, but those who are represented in the media have a luxury that is out of reach to the rest of us.

Starting a Body Positive Conversation

Fran Hayden | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

So accustomed are we to talking about ourselves with a razor-sharp tongue that we forget to spare a kind word every now and again. When we speak negatively about ourselves we are only perpetuating an already toxic culture and advocating the negative sense of self that so many of us have come to learn.

How Can You Help Someone With Low Self-Esteem?

Fran Hayden | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

What can we do as individuals to help improve the self-esteem of those around us? If you see someone or know of someone who is suffering with low self-esteem, here are some things that you can do to help them realise their worth.

Let's Talk About Self-Esteem

Fran Hayden | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Someone that I grew up with recently unearthed a photo of me at 11 years old as she was packing to move, and when she shared it with me, my heart stopped. It stopped because I remembered. I remember how it felt to be the fat friend.

An Open Letter to My Bullies

Fran Hayden | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

I refuse to be bullied ever again, I refuse to be put down or told that I'm not good enough. I refuse to be told that I'm unloveable, because I know, no matter what, that I will always without question, love myself.

A Recipe for Body Positivity

Fran Hayden | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Preheat your oven at whatever temperature you like - there is no indefinite gauge for how long your body positivity will take to fully rise. You can turn the heat right up, or allow it to gently simmer away, but keep checking to make sure that it's beginning to grow...

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

The Invisible Line of Perfection for Women

Tobi Olujinmi | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tobi Olujinmi

After my awkward London underground moment, I picked up my tote bag, stepped off the train and actually felt more confident than before. Yes, I have a lovely bag and yes, my bag was (is) partly filled with junk. That's life, I'm evolving, ever-changing and on my own individual process of perfection; whatever that is.

Why I Hate the Hashtags #FitNotThin and #StrongNotSkinny

Charlotte Thomas | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Thomas

While I get where they're coming from - stop trying to starve yourself to look like *insert name of slender popstar*and focus on having a strong, healthy body instead - why do they have to do it by demonising yet another (often healthy, and often genetic) body type? You wouldn't go round calling people fatty, so why is it okay to comment on them being 'skinny'?

Reflections on Returning Home After Studying Abroad

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

While I was catching up on Made in Chelsea (post-study abroad life) an advert for Wilkinson Sword popped up. It showed a girl talking about jumping in...

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 24.08.2015 | 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...