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Model Claps Back at Internet Trolls Who Say She’s Too Thin

We can all pretty much agree that the beauty ideal in mainstream society includes thinness and degrees of whiteness. While it is important to help change these standards, it is also important that we’re also not bashing women who might fit the ideal, narrow as it is. Sure, most of us don’t look like the women in Victoria’s Secret ads, but just because Behati Prinsloo and her ilk are tall, leggy and gorgeous doesn’t make them any less womanly or “real.”

 

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Model Genevieve Barker is making this argument after getting harsh criticism on a photo of her posted to photographer Byrdie Mack’s Instagram page. In the black and white image shot for Souvenir magazine, we see Ms. Barker lying in the sand, her back to us, her body contorted so that her rows of ribs are on full display. The image proved to be quite jarring for some, who expressed their disapproval in the comments.

“Is perfection starving themselves?” one commenter wrote, while another said, “Why is this perfection? This woman is a rack of bones… what are you trying to say about women’s bodies here?!?” Some people believed the photograph was promoting an unhealthy, pro-ana body image and did not hesitate to offer their criticism: “I think it’s concerning to promote such a low percentage of body fat and more concerning that so many people strive for this. I’m so anti-body-shaming, big or small, but do believe we should all promote healthy weights.” Others commented with burger, pizza and other food emojis. 

Barker did not appreciate the harsh words about her physique. “I see articles all the time condemning ‘fat shamers’ and how appalling it is that a woman should ever call another woman ‘too big,'” Barker told the Daily Mail Australia. “However it is seen as empowering, and speaking out for the ‘real women’ if people comment ‘too thin,’ ‘eat something,’ ‘gaunt,’ ‘disgusting’ about thin women. I am thin, I AM a real woman.”

Fair enough. There seems to be a bit of a double standard in the body acceptance arena. Pop Roulette did an excellent video parody commenting on women who are all about body positivity – unless they’re talking about a thin woman’s body. “All bodies are beautiful… unless you’re thin, then you are disgusting,” the lyrics say. 

Sure, Barker might be shaped like the kind of woman who is championed as the height of beauty in our society, but that doesn’t make her any less human nor does it give anyone a free pass to harp on her body. As one commenter put it, “Guys, remember there’s a real human in this picture and your comments can be extremely hurtful.”

[h/t Mirror via @wolfcubwolfcub]

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Kylie Jenner Starts #IAmMoreThan Anti-Bullying Campaign

Turns out Kylie Jenner has a purpose in this world beyond getting her makeup done and taking selfies that test the limits of our personal comfort. The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is actually standing up for a cause and no, the cause has nothing to do with making brown lipstick more available worldwide (though she is on that beat, too). The teen reality TV star has launched the #IAmMoreThan campaign, which aims to address the problem of bullying. In a series of Snapchats, Kylie explained her latest project.

 

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Kylie is sharing stories of six people who have overcome bullying in their day. “I’ve gotten to talk and bond with all of these people whose stories you will see on my page,” she says in an Instagram post. “I think you will all fall in love with them just like I did. I want to encourage you, my fans, to share something positive about yourselves. I’ll be reading as much as I can so that some of you can be a part of this as well! Let’s do this.” Kylie says that she, too, has been a victim of bullying since she was nine, growing up in the spotlight.

[ See: 10 of Kylie Jenner’s Best Beauty Looks on Instagram ]

The first #IAmMoreThan story is of 21-year-old Renee DuShane who has Pfeiffer Syndrome, which she explains as “a genetic disorder where the bones in my face don’t really know how to fuse correctly so part of my jaw is really small. I had to have surgery when I was born so that my brain could grow.” DuShane also shares that in spite of her appearance, she hasn’t really had to put up with bullying growing up because of her close-knit community. Things changed when she entered college, but it still empowered her to put her face out there and confront her insecurities. “I went to school with all the same kids all the way through high school. Right around senior year, I started getting very anxious about having to explain my condition to all of the new people I would meet in college. I started going on Tumblr and saw lots of profiles of positive, confident people.” DuShane started sharing photos of herself online after getting inspired by what she saw on Tumblr. “It’s so hard to keep myself from responding to the negative comments. Even harder is keeping my friends from getting angry.”

It’s always nice to see a teenager doing something productive and positive with their time besides primping, so kudos to Kylie for dedicating herself to this cause. We can’t help but give her props using her enormous platform for something positive.

[h/t i-D via @KylieJenner]

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Lisa Hyde’s The Bachelor S3, Ep 11 Low-Down: ‘She Is Sam’s Little Miss Perfect’

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Photo: supplied

It feels like just the other day I was getting excited to meet all the new bachelorettes and now we are already at Episode 11. This season has flown by so quickly. To tell you the truth, I’m kind of excited for Sam to choose his lady already.

I thought I had the show all figured out, but it turns out that maybe I don’t. I didn’t factor in that Sam might just fall for an intruder. Like, hello, Lana is gorgeous and sweet and just adorable. Who wouldn’t fall for her? Nina feels otherwise, because how dare Sam like some he met after Nina, in Nina mansion?

With only six ladies left it’s only fair Sam chooses everyone for the group date, and what a great date to learn more about each of the girls’ personalities? Playing games with kids seems like a very normal thing for me, not something I thought people would have trouble with, however, it turns out not everyone knows what to do when kids are around. (more…)

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Alice McCALL Wins Majorly on Cosmpolitan US’ October 2015 Cover

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Australian quirk-star Alice McCALL just scored a major win for her namesake label, with one of her always-popular playsuits featuring on the cover of Cosmopolitan US for October 2015.

Lauren Conrad is also one heck of a cover star, showing everyone she’s barely basic and all-badass in the lavender Alice McCALL Cruise 2015 playsuit, adorned with cutesy bows.

The shot by Eric Ray Davison has already got people asking how the can get their hands on the super-sweet playsuit, but the Spirit Bird Playsuit ($320) is only available for pre-order at the moment.  (more…)

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Everything You Need to Know About Myer’s New Partnership with Topshop

Topshop Unique Spring 2015; image: Imaxtree

Topshop Unique Spring 2015; image: Imaxtree

Australian department store Myer has teamed up with British retailer Topshop for an exclusive partnership, hoping to give its customers a “different experience”.

Myer basically needed a new marketing strategy, deciding that buying a 25 per cent share in the Australian Topshop Topman franchise would be a good way to go about it.

In doing so, Myer will roll out concessions in more than 20 stores from November 2015 and be able to share in the success and future growth of Australian Topshop Topman in the process. (more…)

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Gemma Ward, Kanye West and More Support the Alexander Wang x DoSomething Project

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At first glance, there are more people standing up for the Alexander Wang x DoSomething campaign than going on stage for Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour. So, basically, what we’re trying to say is there are a lot of famous faces, including models, actors and musicians, putting their support behind this very important initiative. 

The campaign features a black-and-white celebrity portrait series, starring everyone from Gemma Ward to Kanye West and Kristen Wiig.

The gallery brings together a collection of T-shirts and hoodies which were created for Alexander Wang’s 10-year anniversary, as well as the designer’s partnership with DoSomething. (more…)

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