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In my short time with this blog, I’ve written several posts focusing on various aspects of beauty and body image — and the attempts of marketers to promote more realistic images of women. Of course, there’s another side to the image coin: men. They are bombarded with similarly unrealistic standards of male beauty from media and society. The gender gap is slowly closing on cases of eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder in men versus women. British… Read More

This week, the perennial Barbie debate resurfaced when artist Nikolay Lamm‘s Kickstarter campaign to raise $95,000 to create a realistic doll overshot its target in just one day. Lamm’s doll, Lammily, is based on the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s measurements for an average 19-year-old girl, and carries the tagline “average is beautiful.” The doll boasts articulated joints that allow her to wear flats and running shoes, as well as… Read More

“She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.” ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth  Would you rather be surrounded by beauty in all of its natural forms  — or be considered conventionally beautiful? Whether they are willing to admit it openly or even to themselves, countless women the world over would choose the latter. The beauty myth is well-documented in the Western world, where conventions… Read More