How we look at our own bodies reflects directly on our levels of self confidence. It’s easy to assume that poor body confidence is down to vanity, but it’s much more complex than that.
Peta Howlett, Founder of Studio Exclusive, a pole dancing studio based in Sydney, shares her 7 top tips to love being you. Peta has created a ‘Discover Your Hidden Goddess’ class to help women fall in love with their complete selves.
Following the Honi Soit controversy of last month, Women’s Health Victoria has launched The Labia Library, a website for any women who has ever questioned whether her genitals look normal. “The Labia Library has been developed to provide women with information about the natural diversity of genitals. It’s about showing women that, just like any […]
For most, “eating disorders,” conjure up an image of a young and slender hand clenching her Diet Coke. Slimmed by years of extreme dieting or consumed with cyclic bouts of binging and purging, she is the result of the insecurity, low self-esteem and lack of control we associate with being an adolescent. But new research […]
Six months after giving birth to her third child, Jenny Craig’s newest weight loss ambassador, Mel B (aka ‘Scary Spice’), has dropped 15kg in 20 weeks. Having shed the requisite number of kilos, the former Spice Girl is now contractually obligated to show off her new bod for the media, appearing on the cover of […]
The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s leading non-government organisation representing eating disorders and body image, has announced Mrs Australia Globe 2011, Karen Gee (pictured far left), as its first ambassador. “It is a privilege to be chosen as the first Ambassador for The Butterfly Foundation and I am so proud to be working with Butterfly to help […]
She takes women’s style from tragic to magic as host of the Style Network’s ‘How Do I Look?’, but it is Jeannie Mai’s philosophy about fashion that sets the television show apart from the rest. Jeannie Mai admits make-over shows are huge right now, so much so she’s “kind of sick of them” herself. However, […]
Australia’s Next Top Model rates well. Really well. In fact, last year the premiere of series 5 entered the record books and became the most watched show on pay TV. Many of the viewers are teen girls and many of the contestants are teen girls. This year, of the 16 contestants, only two are out […]
Recently, I received a comment from one of my blog readers that at first shocked me and then got me thinking about yet another issue that affects all women and girls: the tendency in our culture to demean women for their looks rather than to engage with what they have to say. The comment was short, and […]
A recent UK survey of parents with children over 18 years of age revealed that 14-year-old girls are considered the most difficult to parent. Kathryn Crawford, co-editor of the website that conducted the survey, said “New parents live in dread of the ‘Terrible Twos’, but parents of teenagers will tell them that the worst is yet to […]
This is the Fashionista Generation. Chalk it up to Gossip Girl or Next Top Model or all those banks who handed out credit cards like they were candy — whatever the reasons, designer labels have become a part of our culture. We use them to fit in, to stand out, to create a glow of […]
There is something poignant in the title of The Butterfly Effect – a book that gently prises open the cocoon surrounding teenage girls; those delicate creatures caught half-way between a lengthy and often difficult metamorphosis into womanhood. Like butterflies, teenage girls are in the process of blossoming into a life of full-blown potential, but the […]
The recent announcement by DOLLY magazine that their June issue will be free from airbrushing, has again highlighted the camera tricks and post-production measures used in fashion shoots by magazines. For decades women and girls have been comparing themselves unfavourably to these images at the expense of their self-esteem – and until now, magazines have […]
DOLLY magazine will show teen girls that not everything is as it seems, creating an entire issue without airbrushing the celebrities and models on the editorial pages – including the front cover. The airbrush-free June issue (on sale from May 13) is part of DOLLY’s “Heart Your Body” campaign, which encourages teenage girls to realise […]
According to a survey conducted for leading publication HealthSmart, one in two Australia women are open to having breast cosmetic surgery, and a similar proportion believe there’s a “time and place” for women to display plunging cleavages in public. HealthSmart has published an exclusive poll, revealing what women think of this defining feature of the […]
According to a report by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, girls as young as 8 are being admitted to hospital for eating disorders. More than 1000 girls under the age of 14 suffer from an eating disorder in Australia and ten to fifteen percent of these kids are under 10 years of age. Dr Sloane Madden from […]