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The Pursuit of 'Real' Beauty

Yasmine Al-Sayyad | Posted 10.23.2014 | Women
Yasmine Al-Sayyad

We are much more ready to have average men posing for underwear ads than we are to have average men figure skate, style our hair, or even do ballet. But I don't want the average man to pose for underwear the same way I would not want him to do ballet.

Why I Won't Wear Makeup Again... Ever

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I was like most girls when I was little (well, almost). I loved getting into my mom's and sisters' makeup drawers. I loved playing with Barbie. I eve...

Dear New Nicki

Cierra Lockett | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Oh, joy! Y'all have no idea how excited I am to be writing this post, especially given the pivotal role rapper and budding actress Nicki Minaj's image played in the inception of this blog.

What Happened When I Took a Selfie With My Daughter

Jessica Braun | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Braun

I asked Emma why she started smiling with her lips together. "Because I hate my teeth," she said. "I stand in front of the mirror and practice smiling with my mouth closed." She's 7.

Digital Retouching Is Getting Out of Control

Tom J. Hidvegi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Technology
Tom J. Hidvegi

The young and super talented Hungarian singer, Boggie, does not only reveal her new track but also her secret digital make-up in her latest video. It carries a somewhat deep message about how women are nowadays perceived by the public.

Nina Bahadur

How Dove Tried To Change The Conversation About Female Beauty

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.06.2014 | Women

One of the biggest conceptual ad campaigns of the decade grew out of a photography exhibit in a retail building in Toronto. "Beyond Compare: Women...

Rock Your body!

Sara Jane Baker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Sara Jane Baker

There are so many factors that can affect the way we see ourselves. We see advertisements that sway us into buying certain products. We read magazines that make us want to dress a certain way. But are all these things keeping our confidence up as well? To what extent does this affect the way we feel about ourselves?

Building a Case for Real Beauty

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While the shift has been slowly building, we're currently witnessing an important sea change in how beauty is viewed in today's culture. One can almost map the evolution -- which I believe is about to become a Revolution -- so let's take a look at our progress.

PHOTOS: Striking Shots Expose The Scary Side Of Beauty Culture

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.24.2013 | Women

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...

The Most Important Thing Brides Need To Remember

Anne Almasy | Posted 07.30.2013 | Weddings
Anne Almasy

On your wedding day, stand with your shoulders back and your arms held slightly away from your sides. Keep your chin up and your neck long. But remember: I'm not photographing you for Vogue or Marie Claire.

What's Next for an Imperfect World?

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Media
Marian Salzman

Now that anybody can produce technically perfect, beautiful images with digital photography, we're seeing a countercurrent of interest in producing images that are not perfect but grainy, backlit, overexposed, blurred -- anything that suggests a human touch.

Why Dressing Room Mirrors Still Have So Much Power

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kate Fridkis

When my mom saw me in an old pencil skirt she said, "I don't think you're a pencil anymore, honey. You're more of a pen, or a marker."

Confident Women Can Change the World

Jennifer Hyman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Style
Jennifer Hyman

The solution to breeding self-confidence in women is to celebrate that their reality, Spanx and all, is aspirational in and of itself. That reality is all of the things that make us amazing women -- like our smarts, or our humor or how we love. Beauty is a thing, not the thing.

You Can Fake Pretty But You Cannot Fake Beautiful

Amy Chan | Posted 11.19.2012 | Women
Amy Chan

The next time your inner self-critic takes over when you're looking in the mirror, I challenge you to stop the negative dialogue about your looks

Please Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful

Jane Devin | Posted 11.07.2012 | Women
Jane Devin

It has always felt like a special woman-to-woman lie -- a strictly feminine code that seeks to replace an unwanted truth with a pretty fiction.

When Is the Desire to Be Beautiful Too Much?

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 08.21.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Does caring about beauty make me vain? A hypocrite? A middle-aged woman with too much time on her hands? A privileged narcissist?

Redefining Beauty in 7 Easy Steps

Nicole Cothrun Venables | Posted 08.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Nicole Cothrun Venables

Having seen this firsthand, I know that the quest for beauty can be an unconscious and endless search for some. For others, it can be a way to define, develop and revel in their inner and outer beauty.

Dove Vs. The Retoucher: Company At Standoff Allegations Of "Real Beauty" Airbrushing

Ad Age | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It was a few lines in a 6,000-word article, but it threw Unilever and its advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, into a tizzy of denials, explanations a...