Women and Body Image

My Lingerie Is Feminist Because a Feminist Is Wearing It

Lea Emery | Posted 22.03.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 Mullins | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

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...

What's Next in Unrealistic Expectations of Women?

Annaliese Watkins | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annaliese Watkins

Today, we're looking at a society of females prepared to go to extreme lengths to comply with the so-called ideal - an ideal which is realistically unobtainable for most. Alba's tight-lacing routine was a response not-only to the pressure desire to achieve an hourglass figure, but also to trim down to her pre-baby weight in record speed.

Eating Wasn't 'Easy'

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

One minute I was starving, the next binging, the next starving. I dieted, took pills, liquids, potions and lotions, I even turned to hours of exercise after I ate, like, anything. Then one day it happened. I put my hands up in the air and decided enough was enough.

Measurements Are Precise, But Why Is the Subject of Weight Abstract?

Therese Reyes | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Therese Reyes

It's inspiring to know that the media has taken measures to promote different body types but that doesn't necessarily make it easier. Often times, these attempts still seem like gimmicks, making the average sized woman feel even more like a sore thumb.

Who Knew Spelling Out The Alphabet With Hair Could Be So Elegant?

Barcroft Media | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A real-life Rapunzel uses her flowing locks to spell out the Roman alphabet in ornate lowercase letters. Designer Shurong Diao, 24, decided to disp...

So Much More Than Sexy

Olivia Murphy | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

Why is the idea of a real life female nude so shocking to people, if the unclothed female is, on the face of it, a pretty run-of-the-mill phenomenon for us here? Surely the nude female body is so overexposed that a prospect of yet another should elicit no more than a mild expression of interest.

Plastic Surgery Trend: TV Presenter Has Jaw Surgery For Heart-Shaped Face

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meet the latest face of South Korea's rising cosmetic surgery trend: an unnamed woman whose quest for a heart-shaped face is making headlines worldwid...

The Botox and Barbie Collision

The Mac Twins | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Society, I'm only just enjoying the fact I now have cheekbones and my cheek fat has gone down from hamster to gerbil...please stop pressuring me into pumping and plumping them up again! My bank statement shows I'm still youthful and reckless enough!

Twenty-Five Ways to Find Self-Acceptance

Annie Ashdown | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

OK, so be honest, do you accept yourself exactly as you are right now? Did you parents convey to you constantly that you were acceptable just as you were and that it was okay to make mistakes and get things wrong?

On the Body Positive Argument for Page 3

Samara Jundi | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samara Jundi

Page 3 may be liberating for the models themselves, but the messages it sends out are oppressive: attractive women are thin, white, feminine and young, and women themselves are simply sexual objects. For that reason I fail to see why this feature should remain in the UK's biggest-selling newspaper where soft pornography should not even be present, unless the feature is altered to become representative of all - and I mean all - women and a male version is created.

Beyond the Paleo

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

I was drawn to this way of eating because grains were the basis of my meals; lunches were a sandwich, quick easy dinner was microwave brown rice and a stir fry and Paleo seemed to be a good way of consciously increasing veg and reducing grains and sugar in my diet.