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As the Daily Mail reported this weekend, Paola Torrente, the model who was runner up in the Miss Italy pageant, is being body shamed by a cruel internet troll. Torrente is a twenty-two-year-old model who wears a size fourteen. She came in second in the 2016 Miss Italy Pageant, only to quickly be criticized by […]

Body shaming, and trolling on the Internet has really taken a turn for the worse with celebrities like Mormani Kordei an Leslie Jones, but this week we’re glad to see that Normani Kordei has made a triumphant return to social media. Last month she shared that she was taking a break because people were attacking her […]

If you haven’t seen the video that’s going viral yet, a 19 year old was raped at a house party and was asked by a judge, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” Upon hearing this, I became instantly sick. I’m not even usually a crier, but I cried because this is a signal […]

The lovely human being that is Gina Susanna of Nourish and Eat is an important new part of the Riot. She is taking your questions about pretty much everything BoPo. Props to you all for asking such amazing ones, and feel free to drop new ones below! xx What is your exercise/nutrition plan?? How do […]

After years of dealing with trolls who have nothing better to do than insert their own, unwarranted opinions about other people’s bodies, Instagram is finally allowing users the capability to put an end to the nonsense. Their new comment filtering feature will no doubt cause some rifts, but it’s pretty beneficial for all of us […]

Lindy West is known for her body positive activism. She is a feminist, a writer, and an advocate for body acceptance. But due to recent comments, she has exposed that her body love standpoint may be pretty hypocritical. Last week, West took to twitter to criticize Christina Hoff Sommers, a well-known conservative feminist. West’s tweet […]

Well, well, well. I would say this is a great example of karma, wouldn’t you? According to People, Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers is in bigger trouble than she even thought for snapchatting a woman’s naked body in the gym a couple of months ago. Now the woman has been identified by the FBI, and is willing […]

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 […]

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 […]

The bedrock of fashion is trends, from the flappers of the Twenties, to the mod darlings of the Sixties, bell-bottom disco divas of the Seventies and the list goes on and on. These trends were played out in clothes, hairstyles, make-up and yes, body types. As a result of social and economic changes, different body […]

August 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

#FatSideStories went viral with people sharing their deepest, most private secrets about their struggles with body shaming and self-esteem. I admittedly don’t like the word “fat” but the stories that people have shared, are a reminder that the community of curve women is so much stronger when working together to build each other up. From sharing […]

August 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM

We had some really interesting responses to our article on cornrows. Lots of people got it, but others disagreed. Some people responded with, “I’ll wear my hair however I want,” while others went with “Well, that wouldn’t have offended me,” to “Well, I’m unfollowing because this is ridiculous.” The most interesting was, “I thought this […]

In short, Bo Stanley is amazing. She’s a surfer, model, activist, and former Bachelor contestant. You know that’s a great IG bio. She makes overachievers feel like slackers and can warm up a room with her smile at the same time. Talent, girl. That’s what we call talent. So, we couldn’t help ourselves when given the opportunity […]

Victoria’s Secret, Martha Hunt is gorgeous just the way she is. She definitely doesn’t need a super-elongated arm that will jut out from Stella Maxwell’s shoulder. I mean, if that’s the way her body was originally, sure, but we have a feeling the photo below is a *teeny* bit altered. Critics are saying that Hunt’s […]

We received a message from one of our followers, Krisi Kaz, who was pretty upset about a video where a small-minded feminist-hater named Nate decided to explain to the world why “fat acceptance,” is bad for society. To be fair, he thought he did a pretty great job. We hate to give him video views, […]

Video blogger, Anna Saccone has been posting videos three times a week for years about everything from fashion, beauty, health, getting married and having her baby. She has millions of followers and she’s one of the few vloggers out there that really makes an effort to show the real her and communicate with her fans […]

All around fabulous human being, Ashley Graham, is just not dealing with the nonsense. An image on her IG of her in a white two-piece outfit and a leather jacket somehow incited a SERIOUS freak out by some of her fans. Glam squad magic ???? A photo posted by A S H L E Y […]

There are a lot of wonderful women promoting body-positivity out there, and we’d totally be remiss if we didn’t mention Joby Bach in that group. She’s not here for the nonsense, and is all about accepting your body for what it looks like, just the way it is. “The driving force behind the body positivity […]

Though I’m not sure what makes people believe that they have the right to comment on someone else’s body, it keeps happening over and over again. The only positive thing to really come out of body shaming is to see women stand up for themselves and share their stories publicly to encourage others. Michelle Kirk […]

If you haven’t already read the really disgustingly disappointing story of Playboy model Dani Mathers snapchatting a naked woman’s body at the gym for the sake of body shaming, you *might* be living under a rock. And while there haven’t been any reports of the woman coming forward, another woman, Christine Blackmon, who goes to […]

We’d like to think that sometimes haters are just going to hate, but there is definitely a line that needs to be drawn when it comes to shaming women online. As if Leslie Jones hasn’t had to endure enough with stylists telling her it’s her fault for not fitting into a sample size, and the […]

We want to be up front here: there are far more important things that are happening right now than whether or not Taylor Swift knew about Kanye’s lyrics. My personal view on that (speaking solely as a human being) – Kanye has a song called, “That’s My Bitch”; are you really surprised that he called […]

July 15, 2016 at 4:00 PM

We had an interesting response on one of our IG posts this morning. Someone understood why taking pictures of someone without consent was wrong, but saw no issue with body shaming. While we respect that people differ in opinion, we would be remiss if we did not address this idea. Dani Mathers took a photo of […]

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Sometimes, you meet people and you spend the rest of your first interaction wishing you had known them forever. That’s how it feels to meet Jessamyn Stanley. It will not matter if you meet her in person, over a Skype call, or in an email – she is the personification of warmth. This light and […]

There has been a marked increase in songs that are celebratory, but Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” will be on repeat in the RunwayRiot office for months to come. She gave the exclusive to Cosmopolitan, but we are so moved by her work. She decided to feature a variety of individuals in the video […]

July 5, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Give me a compelling reason why it is absolutely necessary to body shame someone’s weight or appearance and I will show you someone genuinely misinformed. There are very few things that are as unproductive as body shaming. Off of the top of my head, a few would be: going up a down escalator trying to […]

July 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM

One of our behind the scenes moments sparked an interesting thought for me. We had our RunwayRiot leadership meeting yesterday, and Iskra was excited for a photoshoot she had to do that had to be totally sans makeup. This sounds unbelievably exciting, but I recognize there are plenty of women who may not feel the […]

My Pilates instructor is one of the healthiest and fittest people I know. She was swimming at her gym when an eight-year-old girl came over to her and said, “Oh, you’re not doing it right! I can teach you how to swim so that you can lose more weight!” We were stunned. This is what […]

June 30, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Years ago, soon after making the decision to commit to loving my body more each day, I came across a magazine article featuring Crystal Renn. I then picked up a copy of her book, Hungry. It completely changed the course of my life. Throughout the years, that book has continuously inspired me to fully accept […]

June 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM

We are living in a beautiful time of  body-love revolution. Supermodels such as Ashley Graham, Robyn Lawley, and our very own Iskra Lawrence are proving to women that you can love and care for your body at any size. Actresses including Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer are speaking up about about body image and proving […]

Let’s tread a bit carefully today. InWestern society, the subject of weight loss has become very perverted and now carries thousands of negative, harmful connotations of which it may never be completely rid. So when you read the words “weight loss” throughout this post, try to imagine the unhealthy sub categories that are usually linked to […]

I recently saw a magazine cover advertising an interview about Oprah Winfrey’s “diet secrets.” My immediate reaction was frustration. If I were #blessed with the opportunity to interview Oprah, one of the most powerful and intelligent women in the world, the last thing I would ask her about would be her weight or her diet. […]

People can really be the worst.