Posts Tagged ‘body image’

Anatomy Lessons

December 3, 2012

Barbie takes a lot of flack for her unrealistic body proportions. In fact, we have written about the subject on this site several times.

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Apparently, her extreme body shape has caught the eye of New York based artist and former toy designer Jason Freeny, who creates anatomical illustrations and sculptures of iconic characters. He recently turned his attention to Barbie, and the results were startling.

Real-life Barbie would be close to 6 feet tall and weigh about 110 pounds. She would have a 39” bust, 18” waist and 33” hips.

To put that into perspective, the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the smallest waist measures just 15” when wearing a corset. Without the aid of underpinnings, her natural waist is a more reasonable 24”.

Freeny’s interpretation of Barbie shows her vital organs are barely able to fit into her body.

Check out the photos of anatomically correct Barbie and see for yourself how unhealthy Barbie’s body really is.

indigo jones on huffpost live

October 20, 2012

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to appear on Huffpost Live.  A panel of people debated the impact that Barney’s and Disney’s re-proportioning of their beloved characters has on the body image of young girls. This subject was also the featured in yesterday’s post on indigo jones.

The conversation was lively, with everyone on the panel other than myself taking the stance that anything we do that sends the message that you are not perfect just the way you are, is wrong. When I came home last night and read the 285 comments on the piece, I was surprised to see that many viewers agreed with me; it’s all in good fun. My own readers also thought that we were losing our sense of humor over this.

Check out the segment on Huffpost Live and tell me what you think: Do these overly exaggerated fashion figures send a negative body image message?

Leave a comment, and join the conversation!

Nobody’s Perfect

July 8, 2012

This is either really nasty, or a public service announcement:
Blake Lively, an actress and the face of many high end brands wore a bikini this weekend, and it didn’t look so great.

Sorry, but I went there…

Here is a young woman who seemingly has it all: she’s gorgeous, has loads of money, many acting jobs, high profile fashion and beauty endorsement deals, and of course, Ryan Reynolds.  What she doesn’t have, is a perfect beach body.

Guess what? Neither do most of us. Blake is out there strutting her stuff in front of her hot actor boyfriend and her family, all the while getting it recorded for posterity by the paparazzi.

It’s nearly 100 degrees or more in most cities in the United States this weekend. Go ahead, put on your bathing suit and head to the beach and have a great time, no matter what your body looks like. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Fashion Faux Pas at Forty

May 13, 2011

When it comes to fashion, how old is too old to carry off the look?

A recent article in London’s Daily Mail posed the question to 2000 women, aged 18-65, and the answers were surprising.

A whopping 44% of the women polled regularly worry that they are too old to wear certain items of clothing.

The group believes that miniskirts should be taboo after age 35, and stilettos should be banned by age 51. Knee-high boots were deemed inappropriate after the age of 47, leather pants at age 34 and tight tops at age 44. The most shocking revelation was perhaps their contention that women should not wear bikinis over the age of 47, and by age 61, swimsuits in general should be avoided completely.  Hello, have you ladies not seen Helen Mirren in a bathing suit?

Startlingly, body shape was not a factor in their decisions.  As a woman of “a certain age” who spends quality time in the gym, working out and eating healthfully, I am offended by the assertion that I may be too old to wear certain of these items.  I am equally appalled by the young women who are seriously over weight walking around with rolls of exposed fat oozing over the tops of their jeans, bellies exposed.  Is it their right to dress tastelessly because they are young?

Only minutes after reading this article, I saw a post on the gossip site Perez Hilton; regarding the inappropriate display of flesh when 13-year-old Disney starlet Bella Thorne was photographed wearing a skimpy bikini on the beach.  The 85 comments that followed seemed to agree that she was too young to be flaunting her body, albeit a childlike one, in public.

So, if 13 is too young, and 47 is too old, what is the fashion sweet spot?  Are we to be relegated to frumpiness just because we are over 40?  From the overwhelming response to the article, the answer is clearly and resoundingly, NO!

Let your mirror be your guide, and good taste be your barometer for style regardless of your age.

Otherwise, when I hit 53, and have to cut off my hair, wear sensible shoes and elastic waist pants, please just shoot me!


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