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Pretty Party

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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.

What No One Prepared Me For When I Lost Weight

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

I lost 50 pounds in six months. I changed how I ate and worked out like crazy. It was great and I felt pretty... except for a few ugly things.

Soap Gets In Your Eyes

Lori Ferraro | Posted 03.18.2014 | Women
Lori Ferraro

All these years later, and this is pretty much the same picture I drew of myself in high school, the one in the bathing suit with the big thighs. And yes, I know I probably should work on this.

I Don't Want Thin For My Girls. I Want Happy.

Amanda Magee | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I don't want thin for my girls, I want happy. If they inherit my hands and feet, I don't want them to also get my instinct to apologize for being what/who/how I am.

Your Body Peace Checklist

Uloop | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Uloop

The truth behind this war mentality? Body peace is so rare because we're looking at our bodies aesthetically instead of appreciating their functionality. The only way we can make body peace is if we appreciate our bodies for what they can do, not for how they look.

On Staying Authentic as a 20-Something in New York

Christina Grasso | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
Christina Grasso

Instead of becoming a thinner, more attractive edition of my bubbly self, I became a thinner, less attractive, less bubbly, more insecure, shell of my true self.

Pretty Hurts. Resolving to Fight Perfection

Blake McCammon | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake McCammon

I'm writing this post at one o'clock in the morning after having one of the greatest epiphanies of my life. It might seem simple to most people, but to those who live my life everyday should be able to relate

Mindy Kaling Is A Champion Of Body-Acceptance

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 12.04.2013 | Celebrity

Mindy Kaling is the body image role model that Hollywood has been waiting for. She’s not afraid to love what she’s got and show off what makes her...

Look Beyond the Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women
Sharon Zuckerwar

Life. Life goes on. Until it settles down, here and there, every now and then ... or sometimes 50 years later. And we have the chance to stop and really look in the mirror again.

4 Ways To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Posted 12.03.2013 | OWN

By Iyanla Vanzant Q: How do I stop comparing myself with others? 1. Get clear about you. A sense of self lets you see others' successes a...

How to Feel Great About the Way You Look: Lessons I Learned After Being Blinded

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

I could put on makeup and do my hair, but I had no concept of what it looked like. I also could not see the scale, so I never got on it. What I never expected was that I would feel more beautiful than I ever had -- at that point of almost total blindness.

A Simple -- But Not Easy -- Method to Transform Body Image

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

If you have ever hated your body, and if you still hear this voice sometimes like I do, or all the time like I used to, this is what I hope for us: That the voice shrinks and shrinks, until we find ourselves holding it in our palms like a husk, like a whisper.

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.

What To Remember The Next Time You Look In The Mirror

Posted 10.23.2013 | OWN

Everywhere we turn, there are images of gorgeous women, constant reproaches to the reality of us, with our real bodies and un-Photoshopped flaws...

Dear Mom: I'm Sorry For Every Mean Thing I Ever Said... About Myself

Katy Widrick | Posted 12.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Katy Widrick

You helped shape my character and my self image and my outlook on life. To call myself fat is to call you fat. I couldn't dream of doing or thinking that -- you are gorgeous and strong and funny and you inspire me every day -- so what gives me the right to say it about myself?

5 Fashion Tips for Cancer Patients (And Others With Chronic Illness)

Anna Leahy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Leahy

If you're sick, wear what you like. Wear whatever you want to wear, whatever makes you happy or comfortable. Wear something old that brings back memories. Rules don't matter.

Do Even Self-Deluded Blondes Have More Fun?

Lisa Meritz | Posted 11.14.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

In my 50s, after many satisfying years as a brunette I have unwittingly discovered that I'm a blonde -- a dark blonde, that is -- but nevertheless a blonde.

Who Are You?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2013 | TED Weekends
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNo matter what has happened to us, we each have the free will to choose how to respond. Joshua Prager chose to respond to having his neck broken in a car accident at age 19 by continuing to embrace life.