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Girls and Body Image

Young Girls Explain Why Beauty Standards Are So Impossible

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Teen

In case you needed further confirmation that unrealistic beauty standards affect girls at an early age, SheKnows Media is here to help. In a new vi...

'Dad, Am I Pretty?'

John Kinnear | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
John Kinnear

You are pretty because you are alive. You are pretty because you are curious. You are pretty because you take the good parts of the world, pull them in through your ears and eyes and mouth and body, and shout them back out to me in action and voice, in everything you do.

Why We Think It's OK to Call Yourself Fat

Christine Arylo | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Christine Arylo

Being compassionate with yourself is all about giving yourself the loving truth. Not sugar coating or denying that a change is needed, but delivering the message in a way that you would talk to your child or to your best friend -- with love.

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?

Escaping My Inner Body Image Bully

Lindsay Beckman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Beckman

I had a bully following me around everywhere. The worst part was, I couldn't hide from my bully, because that bully was me.

My Best Day As A Mom, So Far

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

My best day as a mom came about six months after my worst day as a mom.

Please Stop Telling Me That I'm 'Too Skinny'

Lily Sperry | Posted 03.17.2014 | Teen
Lily Sperry

The media has created a standard for beauty that is virtually impossible to achieve, yet people, especially women, consistently strive for perfection, hurting themselves in the process.

Why A Comment From My 6-Year-Old Shocked Me So Much

Jennifer Sable Lopez | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Sable Lopez

I'm not actually upset with her at all; I'm finding that I just keep questioning myself, my motives, and trying to figure out what she meant exactly.

What Makes This Boy Band's Music Video So Special

Ally Del Monte | Posted 05.04.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Life isn't only about slender beautiful models being the only ones entitled to laugh with joy, dance with abandon, and have fun and love fully. All kinds of people deserve to. And that's just perfect!

Where Have All The Good Role Models Gone?

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 04.30.2014 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

Most of the time, the media seems to care just about beauty and fortune. What happened to valuing intelligence?

The (Non-Cheesy) Confidence Advice Everyone Should Hear

Alia Al-Ali | Posted 04.29.2014 | Teen
Alia Al-Ali

I've been hearing "be confident and trust your instincts" for as long as I can remember. But, what is confidence? Confidence is accepting that compliment, even though you know you didn't put much effort on your hair this morning.

5 Reminders For Parents Who Are Obsessed With Their Kids' Weight

Marcia Meislin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Marcia Meislin

My mother loved me so much that she would have done anything to hand me the world on a silver platter -- filled with low-fat cottage cheese and melba toast.

A Dad's Words To His Daughter, From The Makeup Aisle

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Maybe a father's words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of her own worthiness and beauty.

5 Ways To Build Your Daughter's Confidence

Sarah Driscoll | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Driscoll

Solace for me is seeing my daughter happy and confident. But, how do I make sure that she possesses these traits always?

Who Defines What Is Beautiful?

Kate Bancks | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Kate Bancks

As a human, woman, and athlete I'm aware of how my body feels, looks, moves, and speaks to me. This combination of information my body provides is one part of the equation that can make me feel beautiful. It's not limited to the physical though.

When Your Mother Says She's Fat

Kasey Edwards | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Kasey Edwards

Let us honor and respect our bodies for what they do instead of despising them for how they appear. Focus on living healthy and active lives, let our weight fall where it may, and consign our body hatred in the past where it belongs.

The Disturbing Question Two Girls Found On A Candy Wrapper

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 12.16.2013 | Parents

New Zealand dad Ekant Veer feared the moment his daughters would face the reality of body-shaming for the first time. But he certainly never guessed i...

Why I Feel Bad for Miley Cyrus. Seriously.

Molly Reynolds | Posted 12.01.2013 | Women
Molly Reynolds

When you saw it, you TOTALLY laughed. Why? Because it made you feel better that your body is way better than hers? Because you were relieved that you are not the only person with a booty that resembles poultry?

One More Thing This Plus-Size Model Gets Absolutely Right

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women

It's not often that you hear a woman admit that she is perfectly happy with her body, and it's increasingly rare among young girls. But surely there w...

Little Girls, Big Problems: What Stock Photos Say About Body Image Anxiety

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Who's issues are on display in these photos? What 7-year-old girl wakes up thinking that she'll watch a little iCarly and then strip down to her skivvies with her bathroom scale and tape measure to see how much weight she's lost or gained in the last 24 hours?

Girls' Statements Will Change The Way You Look In The Mirror

Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents

An unexpected voice in the chorus of body image advocates is model Cameron Russell, whose 2012 TED Talk about beauty and the business of modeling went...

What Should Be Printed On Victoria's Secret Underwear

Jennifer Severns | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Severns

In an effort to explain why I'm so frustrated about this latest round Victoria's Secret gaffe, I made alternate versions of the "Bright Young Things" underwear, with messages that convey what goes on in a young girl's mind when she is made to feel like an object and not a person.

LOOK: Mom Proposes A New Swimsuit Issue Cover

Erica Voll | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Erica Voll

I am all for freedom of speech and expression, but why do I need to have boobs in my face and the face of my kids at the GROCERY STORE?

The Most Important Things To Teach Our Daughters

Posted 02.15.2013 | Parents

This week, blogger Kim Bongiorno's piece about teaching her daughter to be comfortable in her own skin -- however that skin will change as she grows u...

WATCH: Are Bikinis For 6-Year-Olds Inappropriate?

Posted 09.20.2012 | Parents

"Fun" or "disturbing"? Harmless or inappropriate? Thousands of readers have already weighed in about Elizabeth Hurley's new swimwear line in comments...