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Female Body Image

Molly Sims Opens Up About Overcoming Years Of Body Negativity

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 11.06.2015 | Style

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Thursday, Molly Sims spoke candidly about the drastic measures she explored in her attempts to maintai...

Just the Way You Are

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.23.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Whether or not you believe it, you deserve love, just as you are. No, not you minus twenty pounds or plus two cup sizes. Not you with more money or less body hair. Not you with more accolades or fewer past failures. The very raw, unedited version of you.

Why I'm #PlusPositive

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.22.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

I don't like the idea of women above a size 2 being made to feel ostracized because of their size, but I think that the label of "Plus Size" is a great one, and I'm proud to call myself a Plus Size Model.

Why You Shouldn't Take Those "Fatso" Comments to Heart

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.14.2015 | Women
Melinda Parrish

I just really want to share the truth of the sadness that I carry with me, and how it shows up in my life. I hope that little girls will get to grow up in a kinder world, and have more body positivity present in their lives as a result of body advocates like Ashley Graham stepping into the spotlight recently.

I Had a Cup of Coffee With Lisa Aviva

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.12.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

As with her spiritual life, Lisa wants to design a collection for women where the pieces flow together seamlessly. The pieces are designed as a capsule collection that can be worn together in a variety of combinations to create numerous, different outfits.

Pregnancy and Body Issues

Jill Patir | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

I will embrace the changes my body is going through. I will recognize the life that my body is sustaining inside, and stop worrying about what it looks like on the outside. As long as I am healthy, I will not get caught up on appearances.

I've Got a Perfect Body

Sarah Burkhart | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Sarah Burkhart

It is, perhaps, a gift that, in all our fearful, wonderful humanness, we don't get to choose from a menu of selves. Instead, we get a lifetime to explore and discover the beauty of the bodies we were given and learn how to celebrate them.

32 Times Art History Proved Body Hair Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world," Mexican painter Frida Kahlo once said, "but then I thought there are so many people i...

The "Normal Barbie:" Setting the Ideal Female Body Image Right

Uloop | Posted 02.07.2015 | College

Why should the 91 percent feel bad about their bodies because of the portrayal of the 5 percent as "ideal"? This is exactly what the creators of the Lammily doll, otherwise known as the "normal Barbie," wanted to correct.

My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image And Marriage

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I will educate my daughter as best as I can. I will raise her to be strong, to fight back, to be herself and be proud of who she is. I will raise her to realize how ignorant a 50-ish man with salt-and-pepper hair can be. Who's with me?

These Embroideries Of Boobs, Butts, Nipple Hairs And Stretch Marks Are Just Perfect (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts

Warning: This post contains images of (embroidered) boobs and buts, and thus may not be suitable for work. Say farewell to all your preconceived ...

Dream Date

Julie Gray | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Julie Gray

"You don't think every living moment of my life since I was maybe 12, I have not hated my body?" I yell.

The Mixed Message I Have to Send My Daughter About Her Body

Kiranjit K. Longaker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Kiranjit K. Longaker

I nurture in my daughter a terrible mixed message: one, that she has full sexual self-ownership, and two, that the specter of violence ultimately robs her of sexual self-ownership.

Bankable Beauty

Jana Perez | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Jana Perez

Only four percent of women consider themselves beautiful, according to a study commissioned by Dove. Dove is banking on that.

Vaginal Knitting Is Actually A Thing And People Are Absolutely Terrified (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts

Two words: Vaginal. Knitting. This curious form of performance art comes to us courtesy of feminist artist Casey Jenkins, a self-professed "craftiv...

The Truth About Beauty, On Your Wedding Day And Every Day

Anne Simone | Posted 01.27.2014 | Weddings
Anne Simone

When we retouch, we say to our clients, "You're better this way." "You're better with a flatter tummy." "You're better with skinnier arms." "You're better with a rounder bum." "You're better without that scar." Who do we think we are?

Muffin Top Movie: Reclaiming the Female Image

Suzette Standring | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

Muffin top is the bit of blubbery overhang on a woman's mid-riff. Even it is barely noticeable, the female mind expands it exponentially to a monster truck tire. On this natural and normal belt, sadly, self-esteem dangles in despair. Is it possible to reclaim the muffin top as something positive?

Changing Your Body Image Monologue

Sally McGraw | Posted 12.04.2013 | Women
Sally McGraw

What phrases pop up when you think about bikini season, shopping for jeans, getting naked in the gym locker room? What do you tell yourself when you step on the scale or apply your makeup?

How To Talk To Your Daughter About Her Body

Sarah Koppelkam | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Sarah Koppelkam

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don't talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works. Don't say anything if she's lost weight. Don't say anything if she's gained weight. Here are some things you can say instead.

9 Habits Of People Who Love Their Weight

Posted 03.10.2015 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul They're healthy -- but not stick-skinny. They eat well -- most of the time. And while they don't love shopping for a swimsuit, they...

14 Things This Woman Isn't Thinking

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women

When I saw the photo below, of a young woman circa 1870 looking at herself in the mirror, it made me think of a passage in Joan Jacob Brumberg's book ...

Who Owns My Body?

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 05.11.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I've felt like the white rag on a tug-of-war rope. My body will never fit the spicy image of a Hispanic Amazon; it will never be naturally slim and naturally curvaceous. It will just be. It is my body. And I'm glad.

Lesley Arfin, Staff Writer on Girls, Talks Nudity, Body Image and the Creative Courage of Lena Dunham

Brad Listi | Posted 04.29.2013 | TV
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 151, a revealing conversation with Lesley Arfin, a staff writer on the first two seasons of the hit television show Girls, starring Lena Dunham, as well as the MTV series Awkward.

How Skinny Models Might Actually Help Women's Self-Esteem

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 02.27.2013 | Style

It is generally assumed that being bombarded with images of skinny, flawless supermodels and celebrities makes most women feel bad about themselves (o...

Fake Boobs and Body Image

Mary Pritchard | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women
Mary Pritchard

Given the average boob job costs between $3,000 and $4,000, couldn't we find better ways to spend that money? Maybe spend it on something that will actually improve our well-being long term?