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Vogue puts three plus sized models on their front cover

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Italian Vogue have unveiled their magazine cover for their 'Real Beauties' issues, featuring three plus sized models. It's a move that follows a long campaign by editor Franca Sozzani against pro-anorexia websites. 

"Why should these women slim down? Many of the women who have a few extra kilos are especially beautiful and also more feminine," Sozzani said in an interview earlier this year.

Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley are the models featured on the cover, looking glamorous and classy (despite the lack of clothing). 

What do you think about the move? 

Source: Catwalk Queen

Posted by Emma Cossey on June 3, 2011 5:55 PM in Our bodies, ourselves
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Our bodies, ourselves

New Look picks 'real people' for its campaign

new look real models.jpgThe term 'real woman' has been bandied about so much in recent times that it's lost its original meaning. A 'real woman' is essentially the kind of person you'd see walking down the high street - regardless of size, shape or colour. 'Real women' can be skinny, curvy, or cuddly, and everything inbetween.

Which is why it's nice to see that New Looks campaign actually features a whole variety of women, picked from the high street and from their own stores. They range from 11-years-old to 29, and from a size 6 to a 18.

It would have been nice to see someone there representing the disabled, or someone larger than a size 18 (particularly considering they have a popular plus-size range). However, I think it's positive move to see the brand embracing different shapes, sizes, ethnicities and ages.

Hopefully they'll continue this approach in the future, rather than using it as a gimmick.

What do you think of New Look's new models?

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on May 11, 2011 9:00 AM in Our bodies, ourselves
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Womens health

Superfood blueberries could be the new key to weight loss

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Yup, it's time for the Daily Mail to hail a new product as a miracle weight loss aid.

This week, it's the turn of the blueberry. Researchers have discovered that the little blue fruit can break down existing fat cells and prevent new ones from forming, meaning your body fat cells could be reduced by up to three-quarters.

In research conduced on mice, a large dose of blueberries was believed to see a reduction of 73%, while a small portion offers a 27% reduction.

The research still needs to be tried out on humans, so it's not yet know whether the effects will be replicated in us.

Hey, it seems to work for Nicola Roberts!

Source: Daily Mail

Posted by Emma Cossey on April 11, 2011 9:28 AM in Our bodies, ourselves| Science| Womens health
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Our bodies, ourselves

"Abortions are safer than having a baby" according to new study.

pregnancytest.jpgNew advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggests that pregnant women who contact their doctor about a termination should be informed that having an abortion is safer than having a baby.

The advice comes from a set of guidelines still in draft form. The guidelines go on to say that most women who go through an abortion are unlikely to have any resulting psychological problems.

Worryingly, it doesn't seem like there's a psychologist on the team who came to these conclusions. How exactly did they then conclude that it has no long-term psychological problems?

Downplaying any emotional fallout after an abortion seems like a pretty awful idea. This move can only lead women who feel fear, sadness or even depression to feel guilt for their feelings too.

Making the decision to have an abortion is one of the hardest decisions any woman will make. Telling someone it's 'safer than having a baby' or dismissing an emotional fallout seems to be a sure fire way of making the decision much harder.

What do you think?

Source: [Daily Mail]
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Posted by Emma Cossey on February 28, 2011 2:21 PM in Our bodies, ourselves| Parenting| Womens health
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Health & Beauty

Could Facebook be making teens more likely to develop anorexia?

facebooklogo.jpgNew research suggests that teenagers who use Facebook are more likely to develop an eating disorder. The survey suggests that the more time teenagers spend surfing the site, the more likely they are to develop bulimia or anorexia.

It's believed that negative self-image and exposure to slim role models in the media are at the bottom of the rise in eating disorder cases.

It's not just Facebook either. Music videos, TV shows and fashion content can also impact on a teenager's approach to healthy eating.

However, parents who get involved with their child's Facebook usage can actually reduce the risk of developing a disorder. By discussing the content rather than banning a child or limiting them, they're able to develop a healthier self-image.

Facebook commented 'Young people are surrounded by photo-shopped models in magazines and airbrushed film stars, but when they spend time on Facebook they're with their friends."

Are you concerned about the impact Facebook is having on teenagers?

Posted by Emma Cossey on February 9, 2011 9:00 AM in Health & Beauty| Our bodies, ourselves
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Beauty myths

The wonderbra for men

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See the rather gorgeous man above? Of course you have. But what you might not have noticed (and who can blame you) is the underwear he's wearing.

He's wearing 'wonderbra' pants.

The Shock Jock Flirt Boxer and Briefs are the brainchild of Andrew Christian. While they might look like a standard pair of pants, they're actually padded out to give the appearance of an extra two inches to a gentleman's manhood. The pants come with an in-built 'Active Shaping Technology Cup with authentic looking male features,' and claim to guard about any zip accidents.

It's not the first time Andrew Christian has ventured into the market of enhanced underwear. He's also got a style of underwear, the Flashback, which gives the wearer a 'bubble butt.'

They'll be available for purchase from Banglads (!) for £27.

What do you think? Love them or hate them?

Health & Beauty

£37m wasted every year on gyms and slimming products

exerciseball.jpgDid you make a new year's resolution to get fit or lose weight this year? Join the gang. Millions of us signed up for gym memberships, detox schemes, diet plans and workout videos. But new research suggests that £37m is wasted every year on people not using their gym memberships or attending their exercise classes.

The research, by online accountants Crunch.co.uk, looked at 3,000 adults. The results suggest the average person wastes £303 a year on direct debits they'd forgotten about for gyms they no longer attend. A further £158 is spent every year on fitness products that go unused.

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Celebrities

Kenneth Tong gets it very wrong

kenneth tong.jpgHave you heard of Kenneth Tong? If you're a keen tweeter, you've probably either read about him or campaigned against him in the last couple of days. So who is he?

Apparently, Tong is a man who feels he must spread the word about "managed anorexia." And how all women should be a size zero.

You might remember him entering the Big Brother house a few years ago to join his girlfriend. He wasn't particularly popular back then either.

But now he's upset pretty much everyone by stating on Twitter that size zero is the only size a woman should be. Repeatedly. While touting a size zero drug he's in the process of testing. He uses the term 'managed anorexia' to encourage vulnerable young women to stop eating in order to become a size zero. He's also in the habit of calling anyone over a size zero fat and disgusting.

Some might say addressing his tweets gives him the exposure he craves. But by addressing his tweets, we're addressing a worrying underground trend for pro-anorexia individuals and groups. An issue that very much needs highlighting and stopping.

You see Kenneth, there is no such thing as 'managed anorexia.' You're promoting the idea that women should starve themselves to death to fit your particular ideal. And frankly, that's disgusting.

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Women on Top

Should older women cover up?

kimcattrall.jpgAccording to new research, 50 per cent of women refuse to "dress their age" until they hit their 70s. And with older ladies like Kim Cattrall, aged 54, Dame Helen Mirren, who is 65, and Sophia Loren, who's 76, showing us how it's done, there's really no reason to pull on the twinset and American Tan tights quite yet.

90 per cent of over-40s confessed to dressing younger in a bid to hold back the years. With celebs like Jennifer Anistor, Courtney Cox and Elle Macpherson all looking fabulous in their forties, it's no surprise that the pressure is on to look young for as long as possible.

Personally, I think Dame Helen Mirren looks gorgeous, without the need for extensive surgery. She might have had a few fashion slip ups, but who hasn't? As long as you're dressing for your shape, size and, as you get older, your skin, I don't see the problem in indulging in some glamour during your seventies.

Hell, if you're going to dress inappropriately, why not do it during your retirement?

Will you be rocking low cut tops when you're seventies? Or will you be grabbing your shopping trolley and hitting M&S on the eve of your 70th birthday?

Posted by Emma Cossey on January 7, 2011 10:50 AM in Our bodies, ourselves| Women on Top
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Our bodies, ourselves

Finding a way back to guilt free eating

rexfeatures_348408b[1].JPGToday I experienced a bitter sweet memory of childhood. Having had a bad day, I decided that some baking would be a good way to cheer myself up, so delved into the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook and selected their chocolate brownie recipe to bake my way out of my hole. Having chopped, mixed and poured the mixture into the cake tin I was left with that glorious moment: licking the bowl. However, as I took my first lick I was hit by a great sadness as I experienced a sharp twinge of guilt at the untold calories in the mixture and the memory of being a child completely unaware that there was any need to feel guilt at such a simple pleasure. Oh for the days before we realised that food was the enemy.

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Posted by Queen Victoria on July 19, 2010 9:04 AM in Our bodies, ourselves
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