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Self Image

4 Things We Must Change to Stop Self-Sabotaging

Lisa Firestone | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

The more fully we live and love, the more sadness we are bound to experience. Our inner critic tries to shield us from feeling the joys and pains of existence. It keeps us in a chronic state of numbness or dissatisfaction. In order to face our fears, we must consciously identify and actively ignore this coaching.

Why I Love My Knees

Sally McGraw | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Sally McGraw

They would not WORK if they were wrinkle-free. There would be very little bending possible in a knee covered in tight, taut skin. And unless you have a very specific set of genetics and proportions, there will be a saggy little bit of bonus leg perched atop your kneecap.

I Like You. Do You Like You?

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Rebecca Gallagher

I hope more young girls start liking their freckles, their curly hair, their moles and skinny legs their big lips. Like Colbie says, you don't have to try so hard. Start liking you. You might be surprised.

Self-Acceptance and Self-Respect

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

In order to fulfill our potential, develop healthy relationships, and gain respect of everyone around us, we have to consciously develop a strong sense of self-acceptance.

Beautiful

Tami Shaikh | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Tami Shaikh

We should consider the people who know how to love deeply or are positive influences or even people who are warriors of peace more beautiful than the stick skinny starved models we see on the runways.

Every Woman's Nightmare: The Photo Shoot

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Holly Robinson

I am not getting wrinkles. I'm gaining character in my face. Those laugh lines were meant to be there. So were the furrows between my eyebrows.

I May Have Stretch Marks, But I'm Still A Sexpot

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 07.01.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

Don't apologize for your wrinkles, your opinion, your thighs, your voice, your cellulite, or your past. Just shut up about, you sexy thang, and celebrate by living.

Insecurity at the Borderline

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.26.2014 | College
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientist wondered if the language we use to label ourselves also reflects how secure, or insecure, we feel about our status.

Thando Hopa: Choosing Pretty

Antonia Opiah | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

At only 25-years-old, Thando Hopa, a public prosecutor and part-time model, already demonstrates a precocious collectedness and understanding of people and a thorough understanding of herself.

Everyone Has Bad Hair Days

Sally McGraw | Posted 06.11.2014 | Style
Sally McGraw

It is not reasonable to expect my own hair to look exactly the same every day because hair is living, because weather changes, because sometimes I sleep really weird or because I run late.

If I Could Talk to My High School Self About Running

Audra Rundle | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Audra Rundle

I am nothing like the runner I once was. I don't have a coach telling me what to run and how to improve. I have to figure that out for myself, and I have a great time mapping out new routes and reading and researching new gear to try out on my long runs.

8 Ways to Let Your Irresistible Light Shine Through

Mari Lyles | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women
Mari Lyles

The age old adage, you're as beautiful [irresistible, wonderful, whatever] as you think you are, certainly applies. I've gone through eight well-earned lessons that are applicable to any woman seeking to be an irresistible supernova.

Do I Look Like a Princess?

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 06.06.2014 | Women
Melissa DeCastro

The word "princess" has evolved in the past few years. Characters are now depicted as capable and kind. There is a relatable, qualitative substance. They are less ethereal and more capable. The princesses of today are depicted with a breath of vibrant life as well as a happy ending.

We All Feel Better When We're Filtered

Ashley McDonald | Posted 05.28.2014 | Technology
Ashley McDonald

I'm not going to say that social media was our demise (I myself enjoy Facebook too much to make such a brazen statement), but I do think that with the rise of these sites came the sudden commanding impulse to look awesome in photos. After all, we want our 500-plus friends to think we're beautiful.

Touching Mirror Experiment Proves Strangers Actually Think You're All Kinds Of Awesome

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.28.2014 | Good News

Mirrors are devious, lying fixtures that should never be trusted to give an honest opinion. That's the general takeaway from "What Do Strangers Thi...

The Image Gap: The Price Many of 'Us' Pay for Growing Up Different

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

We're kings, queens, merchants. Immerse your child in their history. Only the truth of who they really are can fill the very image gap we strive so hard to prevent in the first place. Set them free.

Society's Standards Of Beauty Will Get Old, But Being Comfortable With Yourself Never Will

Temimah Zucker | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Temimah Zucker

On many levels there is no such thing as innate beauty. Beauty is molded by society -- by the advertising, fashion, and cosmetic industries. We live in a society of billboards and ads, photo-shop and Botox. We are trained to believe that size 2 is perfect, while most healthy women in America fit into a size 12.

Pretty Party

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Kristin Armstrong

Accepting our aging is an act of love towards ourselves; an act of grace, generosity and freedom to the people we care about; and a welcome offering of humility to the world.

10 Reasons Your Diet Isn't Working

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

It seems I continually fight The Battle of the Bulge and the winner is the Bulge. Why, oh why, am I cursed with a slow metabolism, willpower that fails at the least temptation, and mood swings that are dependent on the bathroom scale?

How I Overcame High Heel Addiction And Learned To Love My Height

Bustle | Posted 05.09.2014 | Women
Bustle

I thought that being the shortest girl in the room would define me the same way that being the girl always in heels used to. Only being the girl in heels was my choice.

The Link Between Self-Image, Self-Esteem and Taco Bell Waffle Tacos, Explained

Renee Fisher | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

My face has all fallen into my neck, and my butt has become part of my thighs. But basically, I don't give a sh*t. I'm great and I love to scare young people.

Thoughts From the 'Ugly Friend'

Literally, Darling | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I am blessed to be friends with some amazing and strikingly beautiful women. I go out with them and I feel the notion from men that I am simply an obstacle to keep distracted while they hit on my more attractive counterparts. So I've accepted it.

Breast Lift Surgery Surprises

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 04.14.2014 | Style
Elisabeth Dale

I had been working out in the gym regularly. I lost weight and found I could tone and firm any part of my body -- except my post-pregnancy boobs. I decided to have breast lift surgery (or mastopexy) in early 2005 to restore them to their proper place on my chest. But that wasn't the only thing in my life that shifted.

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.

On Learning to Be Less Self-Conscious; Or, Why the Hell Am I Wearing So Much Makeup?

Madeline Wahl | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

I wish I could say that I no longer have the urge to check myself as I walk by a mirror. I wish I could say that "perfection" is no longer defined as clear skin and small pores and being blemish-free. I wish I could say that I no longer worry about how I look in public.