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February 13, 2017 at 8:58 AM

I know. It’s a bold title, but of course its point was achieved and here you are, now diving into this discussion with me. Thanks for coming by. If you clicked on this post, chances are your child’s image of his or her body is something that you wonder about; perhaps even worry about. Of […]

It is not a secret that models in the high fashion industry are pressured to be extremely thin. This lifestyle is extremely unhealthy, and studies have shown that its effects are promoting eating disorders. Finally, models are using their power to call out the fashion industry. A study was released last week stating that the […]

When times are trying, sometimes it’s hard to stay afloat mentally. Especially, given the state of the world that currently surrounds us, it seems near to impossible to keep ourselves from thinking negatively. How am I to empower myself in world that has a difficult time swallowing fierce women? This is where these fierce female […]

February 2, 2017 at 11:34 AM

It’s time to show a little love for your body. Torrid, unveiled a new campaign this week, #TheseCurves, featuring a diverse group of real women of different shapes and sizes in the brand’s newest intimates collection. This is Torrid’s latest campaign to feature non-­‐models, ranging from customers to digital influencers. #TheseCurves is an expression of […]

The Golden Globes are not only a time to root for your favorite actor or actress but let’s face it it’s a great opportunity to check out some of the red carpet style and bodies too!  So many talented and fit female actors embrace their bodies by flaunting what they have no matter what their […]

Long gone are the days when women try to hide their curves and starve themselves to get rid of what they were naturally blessed with.  When Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first ‘plus-size’ model it was evident that times have changed.  Additionally with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Demi […]

In today’s world, there are about a thousand different paths a woman can take to reveal her inner beauty. With society continually setting high standards of beauty for us all, this can often give companies and industries the freedom to capitalize upon our insecurities as a means of making money. But with so many commercials, […]

September 22, 2016 at 12:34 PM

According to Quartz, boy policymakers and scientists are in agreement that everyone should have access to green areas. The ability to spend time in nature is conducive to exercise and activity. Studies and surveys show that those living in places with more green areas have less anxiety, sadness, and anger. A photo posted by Butch […]

According to the Guardian, Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, is working to promote positive body image by encouraging teens to challenge traditional beauty standards. This monday she took a trip to Cheltenham’s All Saints Academy to talk to teenagers about body image. This was the first of many planned school talks she will hold on […]

September 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

It is no secret that many believe yoga, like other forms of exercise, can help to improve body image. But some people believe the body positive energy is even stronger with naked yoga. In an article this weekend by Joanne Viviano, nude yoga instructor Amy Patterson explained how the practice changed her view of […]

Usually, high fashion magazines put the same old, same old on the covers. Even if the actress hasn’t been in a movie in ages, or doesn’t seem to particularly have anything interesting going on, if she’s mainstream approved, she gets a cover. So how refreshing is it to see Tracey Africa, fashion’s first African-American transgender […]

Remember when we praised H&M for having Ashley Graham in their Studio Collection ads and not making a big deal out of it? While the clothing wasn’t sold in stores, it was still a big step for a curve woman to the face of a non-curvy fashion line. Unfortunately today ABC has reported that H&M […]

According to the London Evening Standard, models are fed up with London Fashion Week’s body standards. Seven models including Gabi Fresh, Iskra Lawrence and TK, stood outside the main fashion week venue in protest for more models of different shapes, sizes and colors to be included in its upcoming runway show. The message the models […]

As we know, a lot of times celebrities tend to not show us really what happens behind closed doors with their bodies. And while we can speculate what non invasive tummy tucks are that Kim Kardashian has received, and the extensive dieting that stars like Blake Lively have gone through after having a baby, it’s […]

Besides Christian Siriano and Opening Ceremony, there weren’t many shows that focused on being inclusive this New York Fashion Week season. And while it’s disappointing, we knew that we could count on Addition Elle to show off some of our favorites like Marquita Pring, Precious Lee, Nadia Aboulhosn and Ashley Graham since they have continuously […]

The Huffington Post deleted a blog post from a contributor that wrote a piece shaming young female college students for not wearing enough clothing at football games. In the piece she says, “An Alabama student myself not 20 years ago, I remember what fun it was to dress up for football games. My friends and […]

A fourth-grade Atlanta teacher named Patrice Brown has gone viral over the weekend because in the photo Brown is seen wearing a bodycon dress while in her classroom. It’s surprising how people, especially woman so quickly judge another woman to tell her what she should or should not be wearing, and what’s appropriate for her […]

Ever go into a store and realize that all the mannequins are pretty much sample sized? For a lot of people this doesn’t seem to be something that needs to be changed sooner than later because they are just mannequins, and there’s so many issues in fashion and the curve community that need attention. However, […]

September 9, 2016 at 5:30 PM

NYFW is basically a lot of commotion, for reasons that I will never fully understand. But one thing that’s happened so far that brightened my day? Seeing 19 year old Reshma Qureshi walk for Indian designer Archana Kochhar. She told People, “I feel really good about walking in fashion week because I feel I’m not just doing […]

Tim Gunn, respected fashion critic and frequent Project Runway co-host, wrote a piece in the Washington Post today that was so honest and true about designers lack of inclusivity, that I couldn’t believe it. This is a big deal for so many reasons, but for starters because the only way that things are going to change […]

Now that I’ve been in fashion for a couple of years now, I know there are some things that I just need to be patient for because fashion is a stubborn industry that thrives on its traditions. And one of those traditions happens to be exclusivity, and not promoting diversity. So, I’ve taught myself how […]

September 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

“Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me” -Quincy Jones. I love this quote; it’s a quote I wished I had heard in my teens. Your worth and validity as a person has absolutely nothing to do with someone else’s opinion of you. When we overcome our anxieties and self-doubts, the […]

September 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

If we are totally honest, being body positive isn’t always easy. It can be exhausting, frustrating, and disheartening when the world criticizes you, or you wind up criticizing yourself. So, we took the opportunity to round up some of our favorite body positive quotes. They aren’t ours, but they are super important. Put them on […]

With the success of JCPenney’s #HereIAm and social media campaigns wtih 24 year old Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton, good things are in store for the mass retailer trying to make a comeback. The collection is set to launch September 9th, and honestly I can’t wait to see what she’s going to produce! She has […]

In a recent interview with People, You’re The Worst’s, Kether Donohue talked about being body shamed as an actress over time. After her stint in the Pitch Perfect movies, she said, “I’ve been body shamed in real life and on social media. Someone once wrote on one of the show’s message boards, ‘Kether has gained 10-15 pounds since Pitch […]

If you’re a millennial who is into food, you have probably heard of Spoon University. What’s super exciting, is that they released an email ad that is totally celebrating women of all shapes and sizes. Vegan foodie, Allie Fenwick, wrote the article, and we’re obsessed. First of all, shout out to you Allie. Not just […]

Adore Me is one of thew few lingerie brands out there who is thinking about how much women want to spend on lingerie and what they need as far as sizing and silhouette. And while I personally think the quality of the products could be better, I have to support brands that are at least […]

September 1, 2016 at 8:04 AM

Well here’s some depressing news for you–in a study conducted on 361 children by the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, researchers found that children as young as the age of three have body image issues. And by the time the children were four years old, they knew how to go on a diet. […]

Today, Instagram announced that it was releasing a zoom feature, allowing users to zoom in on photos. And while this is a cool feature that they probably should have had a long time ago, I was genuinely astonished at how many of my friends were in a panic over the zoom feature. And if you […]

will be the first person to say I LOVE the Bridget Jones films. How could you not? The main character, played by Renee Zellweger, is relatable and lovable. Like many women, and unlike many leading ladies in film, she is not a sample size and is not perfectly made up at all times. In fact, […]

August 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

One of our favorite IGers put up a post that every one of us needs to read. There’s a diet that you should be on, and it’s totally organic. Seriously, having some feels this morning. What sort of people do you follow on your media accounts? Are the bodies sustainable of attainable? Do they make […]

August 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM

There is a major double standard in Hollywood when it comes to aging celebrities. Male actors not only land roles, but leading roles, in films at any and every age. Female actors, on the other hand, rarely land lead roles in feature films over the age of forty. If they do, aging is part of […]

August 31, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Beauty is the passion to which we dedicate our energy everyday to making our life happen. As a woman, living in today’s society seems to be a game show where you need to favor one over the other – only one box contains the jackpot. As if a woman, once she embraces her gender has […]

While the body standards here in the U.S. are crazy and extremely limiting to women, I often find that reading the stories of other women overseas makes me feel even more grateful because of the pressure that women have to deal with because of their misogynistic culture. Model Vivian Geeyang Kim is someone who continuously […]

In a recent article in Newsweek, mother Rasika Boice opened up about the struggles of finding a size for her young daughter, only to see the words ‘Plus’ and ‘Slim’ in the girls categories on Old Navy’s website. She went on to say, “I couldn’t believe it. The risk of these labels to damage a young person’s […]

Lucky for us, there have been a few non-retouched advertisements and editorials in the past year to remind people, but especially women that your body can be glorified and beautiful enough to be on a billboard just as it is, without re-touching or faking abs or an arm, or smudging in a thigh gap. And […]