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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.

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.

How a Woman at the Coffee Shop Helped Me Show Up like Stevie Nicks

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

At the pastry counter, I peered in the glass, wondering: bagel or danish? The woman helping me said, "Your hair is so beautiful! I love the way the gray is coming in!"

'You Should Be A [Plus-Size] Model'

Jocelyn Giannini | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
Jocelyn Giannini

She simply what she saw, a beautiful woman, and was moved to speak up. And the more time I spend trying to reconcile her vision with my own narrative, the less time I have for the elliptical and bacon cheeseburgers (because there is time for both).

Am I Pretty?

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Kristin Armstrong

Am I pretty? I remember the first time one of my twin daughters asked me this question, dressed in pink, blonde curls unruly, chubby child feet with painted toes, staring in the mirror, looking through her reflected self to me.

What My 7-Year-Old Daughter Said About Beauty Left Me Speechless

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

Once I got over the initial shock of hearing a 7-year-old complain that she wasn't pretty enough, I went into a quick, but emphatic, description of what true beauty really means.

You're Not Pretty Enough': How An Insult Became A Movement

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 08.28.2013 | Women

Jennifer Tress' first marriage ended after her husband cheated on her because, as he told her, she "wasn't pretty enough." Instead of letting a horrib...

Cate Blanchett: 'I'm Peculiar-Looking'

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.29.2013 | Women

This summer has been pretty bleak for women in film. Most 2013 blockbusters have been heavy on the testosterone, with a few notable exceptions -- incl...

Fat People Are 'Failures': Samantha Brick's New Column Is Disgusting

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women

Samantha Brick is at it again. The budding British journalist and reality television star penned a column on dieting that makes a series of inflammat...

'She Looks Just Like You'

Allison Tate | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

How do I raise my baby girl to love -- or, at the very least, not to hate -- the same features I have picked apart for so long?

Embrace Your Ever-Changing Body

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Whether you are a teen or over 60, your body undergoes constant physical change. And as these changes occur, they evoke a set of emotional responses that relate not only to your age, but to the circumstances associated with your stage of life.

Beauty: A Blessing and a Curse?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

Her visual charm does not mean that she is immune from pain and suffering. It doesn't mean that she won't be delighted if you ask her how she is doing or whether or not she too might like a cup of coffee. And, she may not be feeling so beautiful internally

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?

Yes, I've Had Plastic Surgery! Happy Now?

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.27.2012 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

There may be ageless, perfectly fit people out there who've never had a thing done, but I don't want to know them. I'm interested in the women who admit their beauty requires Herculean tasks.

Why We Should Pity the Beautiful

Rick Newman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Women
Rick Newman

The Samantha Brick spectacle highlights a couple of serious issues that are more relevant than Brick herself, which is probably why her two articles have generated more than 8,000 comments.

Is Makeup an Enabler for Addicts?

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

My feelings about makeup shifted when I was at my worst. I went from approaching makeup as something almost businesslike to something desperate.

The Daily Mail Woman

Anna Blundy | Posted 06.05.2012 | Women
Anna Blundy

A former employee told me that to get a feature into the Daily Mail you have to assure the editors that the female subject is photogenic.

Samantha Brick's Daily Mail Piece Misses The Point -- But So Does The Backlash

Emma Gray | Posted 06.04.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

The issue, which Brick doesn't seem to realize, is that being valued -- or devalued -- for your looks alone isn't good for any women of any shape, size or level of conventional attractiveness. By running this piece, Brick and her editor(s) only underscored that point.

What a Health Scare Taught Me About Body Image

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano | Posted 06.04.2012 | Women
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

There it is, that symptom far down on the list -- below the physical pain, below the visual cues -- poor body image. It's difficult to feel like your body is something to be proud of when you're wincing whenever you take off your shirt.

What I Know About Beauty Now That I'm in My 50s

Linda Durnell | Posted 05.28.2012 | Women
Linda Durnell

I feel like I've earned my face. It's a road map to what I've enjoyed, endured and accomplished. The journey my face represents is personal, and only I need to understand it.

What I Know About Beauty Now That I'm In My 20s

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.28.2012 | Women
Kate Fridkis

Realizing that I like myself, appearance notwithstanding, hasn't made me any hotter. It's made me happier. And we should all take happy over hot.

Do Women Choose Beauty Over Health? The Surgeon General (And Advertisers) Say So

Katie JM Baker | Posted 10.29.2011 | Women
Katie JM Baker

You already knew that French fries and cigarettes were bad for you. But were you aware that great hair is, too? Surgeon general Regina M. Benjamin re...

Thoughts for a New Decade: What I Wish for Women

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

As we move into a new decade, I can't help looking over my shoulder at all the things I would like to leave behind. VIOLENCE: Number One - Violence p...