Body Image

Here, you’ll find all BGG2WL posts related to the development and improvement of body image among girls and women.

22 08, 2014

Quick Quote: “I Remember a Time When I, Too, Felt Unbeautiful”

By | August 22nd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

"What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul."

16 08, 2014

Thigh Gaps: Dangerous Obsession, Healthy Perspective, and Learning (and Loving) Your Hips

By | August 16th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Did You Know, Exercise 101|32 Comments

Demystifying the "thigh gap," and what you need to know about this disturbing new trend.

14 07, 2014

The Photoshop Diet’s Latest Participant: Mariah Carey

By | July 14th, 2014|Body Image|0 Comments

All that glitters ain't gold, y'all.

11 07, 2014

“Hot Moms,” Excuses, and the Trouble with Fitsporation

By | July 11th, 2014|Body Image, Sweat Equity|73 Comments

How a woman went from fitspo photo to celebrity overnight.

12 06, 2014

Video Vault: Singer’s Video Demonstrates How Fake Music Videos Can Truly Be

By | June 12th, 2014|Body Image, Video Vault|10 Comments

Watch a video editor in the process of turning a drab video into a full-glam shoot. It's The Photoshop Diet on steroids.

29 05, 2014

What Fat-Shaming Looks Like In Action

By | May 29th, 2014|Body Image, Social Construct|14 Comments

What shame is, what it does, and how to fight it on your own.

22 05, 2014

Don’t Have a Thigh Gap? Just PhotoShop One!

By | May 22nd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|2 Comments

Today, you will look at this botched photoshop job...and laugh. Heartily.

6 05, 2014

A Celebration of the Post-Baby Body

By | May 6th, 2014|Body Image|4 Comments

Saw this on TakePart, and thought it was wonderful... so I needed to share: Photographer Jade Beall never believed she lived up to traditional standards of beauty. And so when she snapped a semi-nude self-portrait of her un-retouched post-partum body, and published it on her Facebook page, she was somewhat surprised at how popular the [...]

5 05, 2014

Meet Ole’ Miss’ Brand New Homecoming Queen

By | May 5th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|13 Comments

"‘Maybe your grades will get you somewhere one day, because your looks sure won’t.’ That was probably the best motivation I could have had.”

2 05, 2014

“If They Hadn’t Told Me I Was Ugly, I Never Would Have Searched for My Beauty”

By | May 2nd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Quick Quotes, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

"...And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn't have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable."

15 04, 2014

How to Give (and Receive) a Compliment

By | April 15th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|4 Comments

"I can't tell you the number of times I've seen grown women fall into a compliment fest because neither one knew how to take a compliment, or how to deliver one, for that matter. Or - even worse - one person delivers a compliment to another simply because they're hoping the other person will respond in kind with a compliment of their own."

27 03, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Why the BMI is Trash

By | March 27th, 2014|#ScaleFreeSummer, Body Image, Health and Health Care, The Fitness Files|11 Comments

Ten...or fourteen...reasons why the BMI is absolute trash.

4 03, 2014

Body Image: Feeling Like You’re Never Enough

By | March 4th, 2014|Body Image, Social Construct|35 Comments

Why do we always feel like we're never enough?

24 02, 2014

Video Vault: What Happens When Everyday Women are Put on the Photoshop Diet?

By | February 24th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|3 Comments

Do you believe that photoshopping a photo either adds to it or diminishes its appeal?

27 01, 2014

AP Highlights Risks and Dangers of Booty Injections

By | January 27th, 2014|Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|6 Comments

Stories of booty injections gone horribly wrong.

9 01, 2014

Video Vault: Documentary Details How Booty Injections Will Leave You in “Buttloads of Pain” (NSFW)

By | January 9th, 2014|Body Image|9 Comments

"Oscarina’s derrière had transformed so much that it no longer looked like it was part of a human’s body; her five-year-old daughter mistook her fluid-filled cheeks for a poopy diaper, calling it a 'full Pamper.'"

23 12, 2013

The Beauty Shop: How Does Your Job and Dating Life Affect How You Wear Your Hair?

By | December 23rd, 2013|Beauty, Black Hair, Body Image|8 Comments

"Beauty is pain," but "beauty isn't sweat." Women are supposed to sit still and be pretty, like trophies, or porcelain dolls or something.

16 12, 2013

Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” Video Criticizes and Challenges Diet and Beauty Culture

By | December 16th, 2013|Beauty, Body Image|13 Comments

A more in-depth discussion of Beyonce's newest videos, "Pretty Hurts."

12 11, 2013

Two-Time Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Says “Stop Talking About” Her Hair

By | November 12th, 2013|Beauty, Black Hair, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|20 Comments

''Nothing is going to change,'' she said. ''I'm going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.''

11 11, 2013

Quick Quotes: Victoria’s Secret Angel Admits Guilt About Her Job

By | November 11th, 2013|Body Image, Quick Quotes|6 Comments

"“I always say, I don’t look like the picture . . . If you put me in bad light with no hair and makeup, it’s not good..."