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Beauty Culture

18 Hilariously Real Bra Struggles Every Girl Knows All Too Well

The Huffington Post | Minou Clark | Posted 09.12.2016 | Home

Dear bras, we appreciate all of your support, but sometimes you can be a real (literal) pain. For women of all shapes and cup sizes, the bra struggle ...

The Ugly Side of Lookism and What We Can Do About It

Heather Laine Talley | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
Heather Laine Talley

In a decade of researching and writing about faces and lookism, I have learned that lookism (like sexism, racism, transphobia, and ableism), and our role in perpetuating it, is largely taken for granted. We accept it, sometimes benefit from it, but rarely name it or seek to eradicate it.

When Her Photo Was Turned Into A Cruel Meme, This Woman Fought Back

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.08.2015 | Home

Ashley VanPevenage had no idea her photo would be turned into a meme, shared by thousands, subjecting her to a barrage of hurtful comments. “I was ...

Why Are Women In Razor Ads Always Shaving Hairless Legs?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.20.2015 | Home

This isn't about women who shave their legs. This isn't about women who choose not to. This isn't even really about companies using shame as a marketi...

11 Things A Woman Can Be That Are So Much Better Than 'Beautiful'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.08.2015 | Home

Given that the first thing you notice about a person is their appearance, it's all too easy to focus on beauty at the expense of other important quali...

Gillette Tells Women To Ignore Sexist Labels (But Shave Their Legs)

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 01.09.2015 | Home

"You are warmth and wisdom. And grace and guts. No 'ifs' or 'buts,' just 'ands.'" That is the message behind Gillette Venus' #UseYourAnd campaign....

Here's Why It's Harder Than Ever Not To Obsess Over Your Appearance

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.31.2014 | Home

We're bombarded on a daily basis with images of ideal beauty. These images show up so often in our daily lives that it's easy to forget how new they a...

Striking Photo Series Shows Just How Far Our Obsession With Perfect Skin Goes

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.17.2014 | Home

Think about how many skincare ads you see in an average week. Online banners, television commercials, billboards and magazine pages all hawk a var...

I Could Leave My House Without Makeup, But Here's Why I Don't

Dagmara Domińczyk | Posted 10.27.2014 | Home
Dagmara Domińczyk

Why is it that a woman has such a hard time feeling good in her skin when her skin is stripped bare of potions and lotions and creams, when there is not filter or Photoshop?

One Thing You Should Never Call An Attractive Woman

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 08.13.2014 | Home

There are many ways to kindly and respectfully compliment the way a woman looks. But one descriptor that should be left out of such comments? "Exotic....

These Ads Want To Shock Us Into Stopping The Beauty Madness

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home

It's a psychological itch that the most enlightened, successful and even beautiful women still tend to scratch: if I look better, I am better. Now...

Not Everyone Is Beautiful

Nathan Biberdorf | Posted 09.07.2014 | Home
Nathan Biberdorf

"We are all beautiful." "Everyone is beautiful to somebody." It's cheerful stuff. It builds the self-esteem, makes people feel valued, and spreads joy and happiness across the Internet. It's also bullcrap.

Talking Beauty Culture With Male Model Barrett Pall

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Eliel Cruz

It's easy to villianize those who have won the genetic lottery. You know, the ones with the amazing metabolism that had abs before they even began wor...

'Mean Gays' and Beauty Culture

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Eliel Cruz

In an era with sex on our fingertips, literally just a swipe away, we have seen an increase of beauty culture that has required Adonis-type bodies to be deemed attractive in the queer community.

Dear Veet, Here's Everything That's Wrong With Your 'Dudeness' Campaign

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.09.2014 | Home

If Veet is to be believed, there's nothing more terrifying to a straight dude than touching a moderately hairy leg. The hair removal brand has com...

This Is The Dark Side Of Beauty Culture

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.03.2014 | Home

Being a presentable, well-groomed woman involves shaving your legs, painting your nails, and performing other regular beauty rituals. These tasks have...

FAIL: A 'Trim Waist' Is Not The Point Of Bey's New Beauty Culture Critique

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

Most of the reactions to Beyonce's new album have been overwhelmingly positive. The Guardian declared that "Beyonce's new album should silence her fem...

Why I'm Not Gonna Tell You You're Beautiful

Hannah Brencher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Hannah Brencher

Beautiful was a word that I'd heard so many times -- flung from girl to girl in some shallow exchange of words that was rarely ever meant -- that it lost all meaning to me. Beautiful is a bound-up, broken word in a culture that matches it against thigh sizes and blemish-free skin.

How I Finally Made Peace With Makeup

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 11.01.2013 | Home
Sheila Moeschen

For weddings, for job interviews, for first dates (or fifth dates), for the highly public rituals that comprise our lives, the expectations for women's self-presentation remains historically unchanged.

PHOTOS: Striking Shots Expose The Scary Side Of Beauty Culture

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.24.2013 | Home

To some plastic surgeons, a naturally stunning woman looks more like a work-in-progress. What does this somewhat terrifying reality say about the stat...

To Be Happy or Beautiful, That Is the Question

Adam Pervez | Posted 07.09.2013 | Home
Adam Pervez

It's easy to laugh at beauty customs as being ridiculous or backwards when you're an outsider, but when you're on the inside few things can seem more important. And we're all on the inside to some extent.

Lynn Shelton and Lauren Greenfield Shine at the Tribeca Film Festival

Liliana Greenfield-Sanders | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders

Your Sister's Sister is effortlessly refreshing and enjoyable throughout. It is clear in every scene that these actors have the utmost trust in their director and are willing to be raw, fun and loose with the material.

The Secret to Aging Well -- Not Keeping It a Secret!

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

One thing that continues to surprise me is how some people seem shocked when I admit my age.

What Does It Mean To Be 'Beautiful?'

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 09.26.2011 | Home
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Is blonde and bubbly Jennifer Aniston your ideal of beauty? Or is it sultry Angelina Jolie? What about Serena Williams, America Ferrera or even Betty White?

The Cult Of Beauty

Napoleon Perdis | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home
Napoleon Perdis

What exactly is beauty? It's impossible to define in any succinct way; beauty means different things to different people, cultures and eras.