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Michelle Konstantinovsky
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Michelle Konstantinovsky is a Bay Area-based writer and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumna. She has written on topics ranging from health and body image to entertainment and pop culture for outlets including O: The Oprah Magazine, Seventeen, Slate, xoJane, HelloGiggles, and more. You can find more of her work at and follow her on Twitter @MichelleKMedia.

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Everyone Is Mad at Beyoncé, But for the Wrong Reasons

(99) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Mondays tend to be disorienting enough. But the events that transpired in the pop culture sphere this week set a particularly confusing tone to the day, forcing innocent consumers to question their loyalties and even, shockingly, suspect that the media may in fact not have the purest of intentions.

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One Easy Tip That Can Transform Your Body Image

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:18 PM

When a friend recently posted a Facebook status about Ashley Burnett, a part of me freaked out. Sometimes it's sort of disconcerting when people show up in your life at exactly the right moment.

It's hard to decide on the right qualifiers to sum up Ashley's ambition and attitude....

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4 All-Natural Supermodel Beauty Tips to Avoid

(5) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:55 PM

This post started out very differently, but I had a realization about halfway through that it's not really in anyone's best interest for me to tear down individual celebrities for the ignorance tied to their names.

For one thing, it's a disturbingly tiny world, and given the brilliance and ambition...

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The 'Average, EveryGirl' Doesn't Really Exist

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:33 PM

I've always liked Maria Menounos. "Liked" meaning that tepid affection you feel for a total stranger you know on a strictly televised basis. As a silence-fearing single apartment dweller, I've inadvertently followed her career through the years as episodes of Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and Access Hollywood have provided background noise...

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Deciding to Love Yourself: Is Self-Acceptance Actually a Choice?

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Well, it happened.

Someone finally asked me the question I hoped I'd never have to actually address in writing: Can a woman ever fully and completely love who she is, or is she destined for a future of dissatisfaction?

The question of whether or...

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Thigh Gaps and Fit Moms, 'What's Your Excuse?': Genetics

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:59 PM

I love catching snippets of "Good Morning America" before work for two important reasons: 1.) I have a sick obsession with hate-watching sensationalized media stories for writing inspiration. 2.) Josh Elliot is an under-appreciated dreamboat.

Incidentally, I also have an alert system in my brain set up for...

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5 Things I Wish I Hadn't Known in My 20s

(20) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 11:59 AM

A recent rash of articles in the blogosphere fall under a category I'd like to call "...Wish I'd..." posts.

They appear to have edged out the stale, boring, old question-and-answer format of Dear Abby-era advice columns with their web-friendly list formats and cheeky, yet earnest wisdom.

Most of...

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Remembering You Have a Body -- or, How ELSE to Talk to Little Girls

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Creepy confession of the day: With Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" blasting in my earbuds, I just strutted down a crowded city street and looked as many innocent bystanders in the eye as possible. "Strutted" being the operative word -- I think there was even hip movement involved and...

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In Defense of Michael Pollan (Or, How Sexism Allegations Boost Web Traffic)

(13) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Life rarely grants us the opportunity to work alongside our heroes. Maybe it's the residual hippie dippy vibes permeating Berkeley's atmosphere, but thanks to some cosmic turn of events, I lived out the ultimate pipe dream this year. I got to work with Michael Pollan.

If you're a human...

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When Bodies Matter More Than Babies: The Jessica Simpson Edition

(12) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 1:50 PM

I've definitely dedicated far too much space in the blogosphere to Jessica Simpson's body. I realize that by continually contributing to the uncalled-for public discourse surrounding the star's appearance, I'm arguably just feeding the image-focused fire. And yet, I can't keep my fingers off the keyboard...

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Disney and Barney's Are Sorry...That You're a Misinformed Minnie Mouse Activist

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 9:29 PM

And now, a lesson in thinness, brought to you by Disney and Barney's.

You may have heard about the luxury department store's "Electric Holiday" campaign that stretches and slenderizes some familiar childhood figures. While several Disney staples are undergoing serious makeovers for the promotion, none have caused quite...

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Lady Gaga's Eating Disorder Confession Kicks Off a Body Revolution

(19) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Well done, Gaga.

On Monday I mused over my conflicted feelings toward Mother Monster and her contradictory messages regarding self-acceptance and body image. I just couldn't come to terms with the way she endorsed embracing the "Born This Way" mantra while simultaneously discussing...

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Born This Way? The Upsetting Obsession Over Lady Gaga's Weight

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 4:41 PM

If you were searching for a case study in how quickly international acclaim, countless awards and stratospheric success become entirely overshadowed by a few pounds, look no further than the curious case of Lady Gaga.

In a sad new saga epitomizing society's weight obsession (and chronicled brilliantly by

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Can You Choose to Love Your Body? Margaret Cho Did.

(12) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 11:40 AM

In my few talks with comedian Margaret Cho, she's said things that have resonated so deeply, I hang up the phone feeling ridiculously inspired.

During our chat last week for an article on eating disorders, she eloquently expressed something I'd been feeling but hadn't been...

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The Topic We All Need to Get Over

(10) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 4:39 PM

We're talking about Jessica Simpson's body again.

Lest you thought the arrival of the singer's baby in May merited the end of a seemingly years-long debate over her weight, shape, size and stature, think again.

Even before Simpson and husband Eric Johnson welcomed baby Maxwell into the world, people were...

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