POSTS WITH TAG: body image

The Perfect Body campaign​ by Victoria's Secret needs to stop

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Victoria's Secret is catching some serious heat after unveiling its latest ad campaign, which features models with impossibly flat abs, stick think legs, and gaps between their thighs posing in push up-bras and low-cut panties--the words "The Perfect Body" superimposed over the image in large white letters. British students Frances Black, Gabriella Kountourides and Laura Ferris drew up a petition on Change.org demanding that the company apologize for the use of the phrase "Perfect Body" and acknowledge the harmful impact these words have on young girls, many of whom already struggle with insecurities regarding their bodies. In their call to action, the activists also urged people to tweet @VictoriasSecret using the hashtag #iamperfect. As of Thursday morning, the petition had amassed over 9,000 signatures.

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13 Latina celebs reveal their incredible weight-loss secrets

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Celebrities: they're just like us. They crave cheeseburgers and fries, and occasionally feel guilty about scarfing down that half-pint of Ben & Jerry's during a recent Scandal marathon. Hey, it happens. However, unlike most of us, celebs have personal trainers and celebrity chefs on hand to help them lose the extra pounds. Not fair, right? Well…I may have found a way to get all the benefits of a pricey celeb workout without having to spend a single penny.

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Teasing leads teen to nearly starve herself to death

A Gloucester, New England girl lost a startling amount of weight after taunts from a family member sent her into a scary downward spiral that almost resulted in her death. A family member made "a daft little joke" about 17-year-old Deanna Carter's weight and called her "thunder thighs," which really damaged Carter's self-esteem and sent her into a deep depression and eating disorder. What until you hear how much weight the teen lost in just one year.

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Girl dies after getting surgery to be like everyone else

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A 17-year-old London girl born with a chest deformity has died after undergoing surgery that could have helped her look like other girls. Kay Whiteman was born with pectum excavatum, a condition that caused her chest to look hollow and prevented the teenager from wearing bras or tight tops. Whiteman wanted to be like other girls her age, she decided to have a metal bar inserted into her chest to fix the issue. Unfortunately, she paid for the risk with her life after complications caused brain damage and her death.

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#GetYourBellyOut: Showcase your imperfect belly & be proud!

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Women across the world are daring to bare their colostomy bags and scars as part of a new social media campaign, and I have to say, this is perhaps one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen online.

The "Get Your Belly Out" social media trend was started ulcerative colitis sufferer Victoria Marie in an effort to raise awareness about chronic stomach conditions. "I personally am passionate, driven and inspired to continue working hard at raising awareness for both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis," explains the 26-year-old. "At the age of 26 I feel I have been to hell and back with this illness and it breaks my heart to contemplate how young children cope with such a life changing illness."

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WATCH: Misty Copeland is the baddest ballerina in America!

And by bad, I mean so, so good! Ever wondered if ballerinas are really athletes? Well, Misty Copeland answers that question pretty definitively in this amazing Under Armour ad that's gone viral. First of all, her body is SICK, and I mean in the most inspirational way possible. It's hard to imagine that the very thing that has propelled her to national fame almost kept her from ever becoming a ballerina.

You see, Misty didn't even start dancing until she was 13 years old, while most ballerinas begin classical training when they are super young (I'm talking like 4 and 5). So how did she conquer all the doubters?

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Mariah Carey's Photoshop disaster is one of the worst EVER

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Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to be subjected to the photoshop of horrors, this time at the hands of American sleaze artist extraordinaire, Terry Richardson.

Jezebel leaked before and after photos of the 44-year-old diva taken by the Richardson for Wonderland magazine, taking care to point out each and every alternation made to Mariah's before pics. And there were a lot.

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SEE: How underwear ads would look if "real men" posed

We always talk about how hard we women have it when it comes to beauty and body image. We browse through magazines and turn on our TVs only to find retouched models with flawless skin, perfect facial structures and near-impossible figures that seriously affects the way we view ourselves physically, whether we'd like to admit it or not.

But what about the guys? The fellas experience similar types of pressure from male models, celebs and professional sports players that make it seem like if you don't have a six-pack and incredibly muscular arms, that you're not attractive. British newspaper The Sun asked for anonymous "real" men to recreate poses from male models in underwear ads that will make any man feel more comfortable in his own skin. Wait until you see the results!

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Guys think a woman's sexiest quality is...

When it comes to pinpointing what makes a woman sexy, males and females have very different opinions. That was made clear in a recent poll conducted by Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, in which over 8,000 readers were asked to define the sexiest quality about a woman. Wait until you see the responses from each gender ... they couldn't have been more different!

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5 body flaws women need to STOP obsessing over

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One of the many bodily woes we ladies go through are jiggly arms and rumor has it that the nearly perfect Jennifer Aniston is planning on getting surgery to fix it. Reportedly the 45-year-old actress is looking to get brachioplasty, or "batwing" surgery, as it is commonly known in Hollywood.

Oh brother! Just what we need, one MORE thing to nitpick about on our bodies!

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