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Beauty Standards

Beauty and the Beast

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 12.21.2016 | Women
Stacie Huckeba

I am the first to admit that I am flawed and broken in ways that may never be repaired, but one thing I will not be told is that I am not beautiful. A...

Mary Steenburgen On The Double Standard That Exists In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 10.27.2016 | Fifty

With over three decades of Hollywood experience under her belt, Mary Steenburgen is no stranger to the pressures women face to look a certain way in t...

20 Photos Show What 'Beauty' Looks Like Around The World

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.26.2016 | Women

One woman is going around the world in an effort to challenge unrealistic beauty standards. After three years of working as a fashion photographer, S...

Blake Lively Wants Everyone To Stop Celebrating Her 'Post-Baby Body'

The Huffington Post | Karli Bendlin | Posted 08.09.2016 | Entertainment

Blake Lively is ready to feed those “post-baby body” commenters to the sharks. The actress appeared on Sunrise Australia in a video posted Monday ...

These Models Are Turning Societal Beauty Standards Upside Down

The Huffington Post | Brittany Berkowitz | Posted 08.03.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


The Truth About Asian-American Body Image

Judy Lee | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women
Judy Lee

Isn't it strange that it's second nature to pose yourself and monitor your body every couple of seconds as if you were meant to be a nice object to be looked at approvingly? I've only fairly recently found that these things aren't and shouldn't be second nature.

Can Putting On Makeup Be A Feminist Act?

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women

"Makeup can help people say, 'This is who I am,'" author Autumn Whitefield-Madrano told The Huffington Post over the phone last week. As someone who h...

You Are Not Black.

Lalaina Rackson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Lalaina Rackson

"Yeah but you, you are not black," my classmate said. I stopped. Took a deep breath. Calmed down. And refrained myself from arguing.

A Makeup Artist Reveals: What Ugly Women Look Like

Lisa Cox | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Lisa Cox

"You're ugly," said the little girl as she stared me down in an elevator. "Excuse you," her mother exclaimed with a mix of horror and embarrassment. ...

This 'Game Of Thrones' Character Shows Us What Real Beauty Is

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 04.27.2016 | Comedy

Are you tired of pop culture, the media and magical amulets creating oppressive and unfair standards of beauty? For too long, the magical amulet indus...

Why Prince's Gender Fluidity Inspired Me

Aleichia Williams | Posted 04.22.2016 | Latino Voices
Aleichia Williams

He was absolutely and fearlessly himself in a society that profits over the fears and insecurities of the collective.

11 Middle-Aged Women Strip Down To Reclaim 'Sexy' On Their Own Terms

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 12.27.2016 | Fifty

Warning: This post contains erotic imagery and may not be suitable for work environments. Sometimes, to be a woman over 50 is to feel invisible. It’...

MAC Model Has Flawless Response To Racist Losers

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.22.2016 | Style

The model featured in a photo that launched hundreds of racist commentshas made it clear she’s not letting idiots getting her down. Aamito Lagum is ...

This Plus-Size Model Has Some Choice Words For Victoria's Secret

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Style

Tess Holliday isn't afraid to speak her mind. After all, she's responsible for the #effyourbeautystandards movement that took social media by storm. ...

How "Love Your Body" Became A Marketing Slogan

The Establishment | Posted 11.17.2016 | Women
The Establishment

Brands have, in recent years, begun to perpetuate the notion that the products they sell can help us love our bodies and, by a false equivalence, ourselves. Women shouldn't need makeup or lingerie to feel sexy. More importantly, they shouldn't need to feel sexy in the first place.

Media Diversity Is a Global Issue

Antonia Opiah | Posted 11.12.2016 | Media
Antonia Opiah

Shows like Scandal, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat lead the way to a more diverse TV landscape. Outside of the U.S., however, there's still much more work to be done.

What I Learned About Privilege The Night I First Passed

The Establishment | Posted 11.09.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

The night of my "passing," I realized I'd achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives. And in that moment, I recognized that I had a very specific type of privilege; a type that carries with it painful implications.

Great News For Model Who Spoke Out About Body-Shaming

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Style

Taking a stand can lead to good things. Just days after her brave open Facebook letter against harsh beauty standards in the fashion industry went v...

Growing Up With India's Light-Skinned Beauty Standards

Literally, Darling | Posted 10.19.2016 | Women
Literally, Darling

Despite 22 years of living in this skin, skin that has gotten darker with each passing summer, I still find myself more beautiful in pictures where my skin looks fair.

Zendaya Takes A Very Empowering Stance On The Word 'Ugly'

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment

Beauty is subjective, y'all. Zendaya gets it, as she recently replied to a papparazzi's question about if she had guidance for “girls that think th...

How Women in Europe Define Beauty

Antonia Opiah | Posted 09.29.2016 | Women
Antonia Opiah

There are several aspects of each country's culture that have been able to remain distinct despite proximity to other cultures--language being one of them. So why is it that beauty isn't one?

Activist Lizzie Velasquez Knows Beauty Isn't Skin Deep

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women

Lizzie Velasquez knows that being beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like on the outside. In an interview with HuffPost Live on Sept. 24, ...

Viola Davis Just Called Out Hollywood For Ignoring Dark-Skinned Women

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.04.2015 | Women

Viola Davis is on a crusade for more "sexualized" black women on screen. When the actress removed her makeup and wig on an episode of "How to Get A...

If Women's Beauty Standards Were As Lax As Men's

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 09.04.2015 | Women

When it comes to meeting beauty standards, women have to juggle more daily rituals than most men could even name. Sure, there are requirements for bas...

What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Body Looks Like In 18 Countries

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.14.2016 | Women

What does a "perfect body" look like? It depends who you ask -- and where they are. UK online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctors recently created a pro...