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

Hannah Brencher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
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.

Why Instagram Censored My Body

Petra Collins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Petra Collins

Recently I had my Instagram account deleted. I did nothing that violated the terms of use. No nudity, violence, pornography, unlawful, hateful, or infringing imagery. What I did have was an image of MY body that didn't meet society's standard of "femininity."

Pretty Is a Set of Skills

Emily Armstrong | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Emily Armstrong

Pretty is artifice. Pretty is a construct, and a social construct at that. Pretty can be fun to do, to learn, to practice, to hone; but pretty can also be damaging.

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Ashley Ryan | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Ashley Ryan

I spent many years living in the shadow of the perfect woman. When we put energy into being what we're not, we often lose precious people and moments along the way. Moments we can never get back -- and sometimes relationships that can't be mended.

Ending the Myth

Carré Otis | Posted 01.08.2012 | Style
Carré Otis

Motherhood has brought me many insights, but the perspective it granted me on the role I inadvertently played in young women's lives during my time in the modeling industry was downright sobering.