What We Tell Our Daughters About Body Hair

March 13, 2017 by

By Lauren Apfel - I learned to deal with unwanted body hair at my mother’s knee. I am dark and she is dark and this was part of my education in being a girl. I would sit on a low stool in her bathroom, which was big and blue-tiled, and watch as she depilated in one way or another. I was acquainted with the tools of the trade early—bleach for the face and arms, tweezers for the eyebrows, ... [Read More]

Young Filmmaker Takes On Controversial Mandated School BMI Testing In Powerful Documentary

February 27, 2017 by

As a way to address obesity among American youth, lawmakers in dozens of states have passed mandates forcing schools to perform Body Mass Index (BMI) tests on students.  Following these tests, notification letters (also called ‘Fat Letters’ by students) are being sent to kids whose body mass ... [Read More]

Tattoo Artist India Amara Perfectly Articulates Why So Many Of Us Get Inked

October 26, 2016 by

India Amara is a tattoo artist based in Toronto. Most of her art focuses on dark florals, ornamental and sacred imagery. In this profile from Raina + Wilson, India talks about her approach to life and her work. “My intention is creating something for someone to wear that empowers them and gives them a better sense of themselves.” ... [Read More]

Artist Paints Dress With All The Things People Have Said About Her Appearance

October 20, 2016 by

At a young age, Jojo Oldham noticed the differences between her body and other children's, but it wasn't until a woman told her “not to worry about being a bit plump,” and that the “weight would fall off as I got older,” that she started to worry about the way she looked. Now at 31, Jojo, a designer from the UK, has reached ... [Read More]

Three Women Dispelling Stereotypes About Body Hair

September 12, 2016 by

To remove body hair or to not remove body hair…it’s not a question, rather it’s a decision, and a very personal one at that. But unfortunately, we live in a society where women are expected to be hair free, and are often shamed when they are not. That has been the experience for Monica Hernandez, Alexandra Marzella, and Ayqa Khan. In this new video from ... [Read More]

Introducing Transparen-she… A Way For Women To Disappear So Their Clothes Won’t Upset Anybody

September 9, 2016 by

Following a summer filled with debates over what women and girls should or shouldn't be wearing, Vox’s Liz Plank has come up with the most brilliant solution to the ongoing body shaming epidemic. Introducing the Transparen-she... a way for women to disappear ... [Read More]

Video: Photographer Brings 19 Strangers Together To Combat Negative Self-Talk In Empowered Shoot

September 9, 2016 by

Click image to play video of photoshoot Cindy Johnson is a boudoir photographer based in central Indiana whose passion is to "show women how beautiful they truly are.” Through her work, she sees firsthand how "women are so great about seeing only beauty in others," but as she says, "unfortunately we have a tendency ... [Read More]

Why Women’s Clothing Sizes Don’t Make Sense… It’s Not You, It’s The Industry

August 12, 2016 by

It’s safe to say that most of us have gone into a store, grabbed the size we think we are, but when we go and give the item a try, it doesn’t fit. Well just know, “it’s not you, it’s the industry.” Today's standard clothing sizes are vastly different than they were 50 years ago. In this Vox video, Dion Lee documents the inconsistencies ... [Read More]

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