Topic: self-esteem

‘The Talk’ Proves ‘No Makeup’ Trend Is Still Controversial (And Necessary)

'The Talk' Proves 'No Makeup' Trend Is Still Controversial (And Necessary)

The entire cast of CBS’ ‘The Talk went no makeup for their Season 3 premier yesterday, wearing barely-styled hair and bathrobes to emphasize their just-rolled-out-of-bed look. Judging by many responses, their unkempt hair and a lack of eyeliner were hardly enough to impress. But even if the episode was a PR stunt, I think The Talk’s episode was kind of awesome…and necessary for women. More »

7 Makeup Mistakes We’ve All Made (And How To Never Make Them Again)

7 Makeup Mistakes Weâve All Made (And How To Never Make Them Again)

I’ve already written about the many reasons why I love makeup. But liking cosmetics doesn’t mean I’m great at actually putting them on my face. In fact, I’m actually kind of terrible at it. I’ve made many makeup mistakes in my day. Everyone has. Celebrities do it all the time. But the key to avoiding cosmetic catastrophes isn’t really getting better at makeup, it’s just learning tricks to avoid making yourself look like a Ganguro girl. More »

The Cosmo Effect: Readers Find Sex Less Risky, Less About Pleasing Men

The Cosmo Effect: Readers Find Sex Less Risky, Less About Pleasing Men

When I think of Cosmo, the first — or second, or 36th — thing that comes to mind isn’t “female empowerment.” But a new study on the effects of women’s magazines on sexual attitudes finds the lady mag we most love to hate may prime women to prioritize their own sexual pleasure. Could all those “576 Ways to Please Your Man” articles be secretly subversive? More »

Hey, Let’s Stop Putting Beloved Characters On Starvation Diets

Hey, Let's Stop Putting Beloved Characters On Starvation Diets

Over on our sister site, The Gloss, there’s a series of images that Barneys commissioned for the holiday season, in which adored Disney characters like Minnie Mouse have been turned into “runway models.” Translation: they have been stretched within an inch of their cartoon lives, and, it seems, given an eating disorder. If this seems familiar, it’s because it just happened to Ursula the Sea Witch. A few years before that, it happened Strawberry Shortcake. But why? Why does every character need to slenderized and sexualized, just to be modernized? And, more importantly, can we collectively agree to knock it off? More »

Afternoon Links: Stop Apologizing For Being Beautiful

Afternoon Links: Stop Apologizing For Being Beautiful

• Ladies, it’s time to stop saying you’re sorry for being beautiful (HuffPost Women)

• Hooray! A big step forward in the treatment of autism (The Stir)

• When to throw away hair brushes, running shoes, and other items that are prone to grossness (YouBeauty)

• 16 surprising uses for bananas (Divine Caroline)

• What to do when postpartum depression threatens to ruin your marriage (YourTango)

• How to sneak veggies into every meal and snack (FitSugar)

Essie Releases Yogaga Collection That Has Exactly Nothing To Do With Yoga

Essie Releases Yogaga Collection That Has Exactly Nothing To Do With Yoga

You know that yoga has become a commodity when there are yoga-related products that have absolutely nothing to do with yoga. Like the new Yogaga collection from Essie, which is actually more fitness-themed than yoga-specific and also kind of problematic. Designer yoga mats and $90 butt-hugging leggings are one thing, but yoga-themed nail polish that also places emphasis on looking hot and being skinny? Pass. More »

Olympic Weightlifter Zoe Smith Explains Why Trolls Suck, Makes Me Want To Be Her BFF

Olympic Weightlifter Zoe Smith Explains Why Trolls Suck, Makes Me Want To Be Her BFF

If 18-year-old weightlifter Zoe Smith, who broke British records yesterday by lifting twice her body weight, ever decides to take a break from being a super-strong Olympian, I’m pretty sure she could have a career in writing about feminism, athletics, and the female body. In a personal blog post, Smith addressed trolling and the criticism of female athletes (who, since her appearance in the BBC documentary Girl Power – Going For Gold, have called her all kinds of mean names and basically been horrible) in a pretty bold and awesome way. Also, if she’s got an opening for a new best friend, I’d like to apply. More »

The Many Ways Models Are Made To Look Perfect (Hint: It’s Not Just Photoshop Fails)

The Many Ways Models Are Made To Look Perfect (Hint: It's Not Just Photoshop Fails)

There’s been a lot of harping about the problem with Photoshop lately–most notably, that excessive retouching has made it nearly impossible for women to feel good about their own porous, flawed, dimpled, freckled selves. But according to one actual photo retoucher who spoke with Buzzfeed, Photoshopping is just as prevalent as you think, and it’s one of many ways that art directors and advertisers create the impossible standard of beauty that women struggle not to compete with. More »

Sad Surveys Reveal Both Men And Women Have Horrible Self-Esteem

Sad Surveys Reveal Both Men And Women Have Horrible Self-Esteem

In a world where Kate Upton is a “fat cow” and Vogue‘s idea of being more body-positive is photo spreads of skinny women smoking and models instead of female athletes, it’s no wonder women have completely distorted relationships with their own bodies; we are being set up, over and over again, to fail. But just how poorly do we feel about ourselves? According to one small survey in the UK, most women are worried about being fat multiple times a day. More »

Toe-Slimming Surgery Is Super Hot, Says Doc Who Performs Toe-Slimming Surgery

Toe-Slimming Surgery Is Super Hot, Says Doc Who Performs Toe-Slimming Surgery

These are my actual toes. As you can see, they’re not exactly slender. Or attractive. Actually, they’re kind of gross. But you know, of all the things on my body I’ve ever felt self-conscious about, these little piggies have just never been on the list, because these feet work really hard to help me run, dance, do yoga, and walk around. But apparently, plenty of women do feel uncomfortable about their toes, because toe-slimming surgery is reportedly on the rise. Or at least, that’s what a doctor who makes a living convincing women their feet are fat told ABC News. More »

Ladies, It’s Time To Come Out From Behind Your Beach Towel

Ladies, It's Time To Come Out From Behind Your Beach Towel

Yesterday, 19-year-old Holly shared a personal story on Proud2BMe, a really great website for young women about body-positivity and confidence. Her tale? About how she finally stopped hiding behind her beach towel at the pool. Her candor struck me–but what really hit home was the fact that I do this. We all do this. And I think it’s time we stop. This summer, let’s drop our beach towels. More »

Seventeen Magazine Promises To Change! But Probably Won’t Actually Change

Seventeen Magazine Promises To Change! But Probably Won't Actually Change

After mounting pressure from awesome teen girls and organizations like SPARK to quit airbrushing teens (at least once per month) and use a more diverse range of body types and appearances, not to mention plenty of resistance from the magazine itself, it seems as if Seventeen magazine has finally started to listen. Or at least, that’s what a letter from the editor in this month’s edition says, according to Kaye Toal’s article on Upworthy. But unfortunately, the letter smells an awful lot like Vogue‘s recent batch of empty promises, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be more business as usual. Bummer. More »