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The official #StopTheBeautyMadness blog is your go-to source for the most compelling media on the subject. We curate what is popular as well as lesser known media that needs to reach a wider audience. 

The Beginnings Of A New Conversation

Posted by Lisa Meade

During a recent weight loss Leslie Stein, one of our FrontLine Voices, found herself facing certain beliefs. Using the opportunity to create an awakening for herself, she discovered many things about her views and beliefs of her body and its image.

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From Bullying to Body Confidence

Posted by Lisa Meade

I recently had a chance to interview an inspiring twenty-one year old positive body image campaigner from Scotland, Leyah Shanks. Leyah set up a blog called The Body Confidence Revolution about a year and a half ago and uses social media to help spread a message of body love. She also hosts a Twitter chat called #BodyConfidenceHour. Her work has landed her several features in Scottish newspapers and magazines such as Cosmopolitan UK.

When asked what was her inspiration for beginning her Body Confidence Revolution Leyah shared of a past in which she dealt with bullying. "I myself had a long battle with body image issues. This started from bullying which lead me into the arms of magazines. When I was growing up there was absolutely no focus on models of varying dress sizes or varying anything...

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Beauty and Perfection

Posted by Lisa Meade

A poet, a writer, a social activist and a powerful voice in the beauty madness conversation, Natalie E. Illum brings a much-needed perspective to beauty and disability. According to Natalie, there is little representation of those with disabilities in the media or beauty industry.

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Making The Choice To Challenge the Definition

Posted by Lisa Meade

Dr. Eve Bruce recently shared with us her thoughts on the stop the beauty madness dilemma. She recalls her mother not telling her that she was pretty for fear that it would hold her back in life. She remembers being thought less of by those in the academic field because she was a female. Her irritation over this followed her through life. It did not take her long to realize that a woman's beauty, body shape, size and more was used to judge her abilities, her intellect, her stamina, and her position in life.

Her frustration grew with the fact that so many women struggle with their image in order to conform to the role they are cast in or choose for themselves; whether it be to be more pretty, more feminine, more studious looking or more business-like. It is as though we need to look the part in order to find success or happiness.

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Finding the Beauty In All

Posted by Lisa Meade

An talented FrontLine Voice and photographer, Alyscia Cunningham brings her gift and talents to the conversation of our campaign through her photography and insight. She loves the mystery of the shadows and highlights found in photography, with black and white images in particularly, because the focus is not on what the image looks like but instead the beauty of the image itself.

Able to capture the essence of each individual she photographs, Alyscia does so without Photoshop, as she puts at ease her client to be who they really are. Her relationship with her client helps them relax and allows her to capture their individual beauty in each photo. She finds beauty in her photos by seeing an experience in the photo...what she was feeling or what the client was feeling or experiencing at the time of the photograph; the essence and beauty is caught by the lens of the camera.

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When Enough Is Enough

Posted by Lisa Meade

Have you ever been shown a picture of you that upon first glance you found your smile spreading across your face as you remembered the moment caught? How did you feel as you admired the smile on your face and the joy radiating from you? But then, slowly that voice, the one of the inner critic, creeps in and begins to point out your flaws. This is exactly what happens to the author of this article. Until the moment when she decides….enough is enough!

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Public Food Shaming

Posted by Lisa Meade

Have you ever had this experience? You are walking down the street and eating an ice cream cone or some other food and suddenly you hear someone commenting on whether or not you should be eating, how it will make you fat, maybe you don't deserve it... Public food shaming is a painful act that more often than not is inflicted upon women than men. This article explores what is, why it occurs and some of the ways we can put an end to it.

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Make up or Mark up?

Posted by Lisa Meade

Do you remember when you first started experimenting with make up? What were the reasons? Are they the same today as they were then? For some, make up is a form of creative self-expression, while for others it has become a mask they cannot leave home without. Others use it to bring comfort to their lives and some use it to enhance. This is not about whether you wear make up or not, but about the why? It is just part of the dilemma women are faced with daily and part of this conversation.

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Where The Beauty Madness Stops

Posted By Robin Rice

For the past two weeks, I’ve watched a small campaign on a new website have a reach beyond any expectation. In that short time, the 28 ads of the #stopthebeautymadness social change campaign were picked up by hundreds of websites and shared in at least 27 countries (we stopped counting exact numbers after page 11 of a Google search).

 

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Say Cheese! (Please?)

Posted by Lisa Meade

Oh the struggles we face when a camera is pointing in our direction. For many who struggle with poor body image, this creates a duck and cover situation. Many family photographs often will have one person missing from the images. They will become the official family photographer, or they will find any available excuse to remove themselves from the shot.

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Do You Remember?

Posted by Lisa Meade

At what age did you first have awareness of your body image relationship with your body? For most of us it happens in our early childhood as we begin to compare ourselves to our siblings, our parents and our peers. It begins innocently enough, but quickly media steps in and we begin to become influenced by outside sources.

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Re-Defining Beauty Her Way

Posted By: Lisa Meade

Taking a stand to not step away is exactly what model Elly Mayday is doing and will continue to do. After a tremendous struggle with cancer and chemotherapy, this plus-size model proudly came back to her career and in a very powerful stand did photo shoot after photo shoot of her amazing body with scars and all. A vibrant and powerful woman who is redefining beauty HER way!

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BAM! The Body Acceptance Movement

Posted By: Lisa Meade

Body acceptance movements are occurring all over the globe. And who couldn't benefit from being a part? Both women and men alike are taking a stand to accept and appreciate their body as it is, regardless of what the media shows or the beauty industry dictates.

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The Power of Choice

Posted By: Lisa Meade

Addressing miss-matched and odd combinations of clothing choices is not a battle this mother chooses to have with her daughter. Instead, she applauds her daughter's right to make choices about her personal identity. In a society that is continually dictating how women should dress, look and act, here is a viewpoint on fostering power in a child's choice making. By allowing her daughter's opinion on how she will look be more important than others, the author feels she is helping her daughter build a positive body image and powerful decision making skills.

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What Is The Price You Pay?

Posted By: Lisa Meade

The headlines reach out to us in the check out line. "Look 4 sizes smaller in 2 weeks." "40 year old woman shares how she dropped 60 pounds in 6 months." "Lose weight and still eat all the foods you crave." Somewhere deep inside we know it is a gimmick, we know there is a price to pay.

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The Incredible Shrinking Plus Size Model

Posted By: Lisa Meade

What is your definition of plus size? What size would you expect a model to wear in that category? In a recent study a plus-sized model wearing two different outfits, one that highlighted her curves and showcased them and another that hid them and made them less obvious, had results that were quite surprising. Is it any wonder that the plus size industry can use models that wear a size 10? Read more about this study and the results here.

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Ten Sneaky Ways of Body Shaming

Posted By: Lisa Meade

Could we be involved in body shaming and not even know it? Body shaming has a sneaky way about it. It can be masked in what appears to be on the surface level concern, or avoidance, or even through insincerity.

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Body Image And Partners

Posted By Lisa Meade

Is your body image in some way tied to your relationship with your partner? Do some give away control of their body image to a controlling or to a highly supportive partner? Externalizing our value and worth to the dynamics of our relationships is a trap that some fall into. What would happen to our relationship dynamics if we practiced radical self-acceptance?

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The Shame Game

Posted By: Lisa Meade

There is an awful lot of shame out there! Shame about the food we eat, the size of our body, the shape of our eyes, the texture of our hair; shameful. And the beauty industry wraps us up in all its offers to remove us from our shame. All the while they know the solutions that they offer will only fail us and we become even further entrenched in our shame. And so the cycle continues; shame, seek unrealistic solution, spend money, fail, and feel even worse shame.

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