Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Big feet to small feet

 

Over the years we have seen many individuals who spend a lot of time on their appearance. In addition to time, some people spend a lot of energy and money in order to achieve the look they desire. While most individuals beauty/perfection efforts fall into the ‘normal’ range; some people go further and a small minority go to extreme lengths. Rarely do we encounter someone who knowingly has and continues to do something that causes pain and physical injury (self harm); Ryan falls into this category.

Ryan is a 25 year old sales assistance from Manchester*; he spends the vast majority of his time thinking about his appearance. "I have always been obsessed with fashion,” said Ryan, “and always loved suiting and tailoring. I am pretty body obsessed I have to admit. I will do anything to make myself look the way I want to look”.

Ryan likes to wear really slim trousers and crop suits, however he felt that his feet did not go well with his fashion tastes, that they were "not in proportion” and bigger than he wanted them to be. Ryan believed that his feet looked “absolutely massive” if he wore a certain style of shoe e.g. pointed toes.

Controversially, Ryan decided to embark on an unhealthy journey the destination of which was to shrink the size of his feet (solve his perceived 'big feet' problem). The method he chose was foot binding; a very painful nightly regime that he maintained for 2 years. The binding process has caused Ryan's toes to fold in on themselves, resulting in his shoe size shrinking from a size 10 to 6 ½ .

Foot binging was outlawed in China 100 years ago. The practice had literally crippled Chinese women for centuries:

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Monday, July 25, 2016

If I can't unsee this ...

Over the years there have been many social media related stories that sadly highlight the worst side of human nature. These include bullying, racism and fat shaming of the worst kind.
Recently Playboy model Dani Mathers has been forced to apologise after publically ridiculing an unsuspecting naked woman, who was taking a shower at her gym.
A laughing Dani posted a photo of the showering woman on Snapchat, with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."
Unsurprisingly, the unkind post resulted in a flood of criticism:

katie finn ‪@katie77f
‪@DaniMathers‪ absolutely appalling behaviour, to violate a woman for the world too see is disgusting, you should face charges for this!!‬

Amelia Pepper ‪@PervyPepper
‪@bekkirivz‪ @sassimommi @DaniMathers She may think she's beautiful but she's just showed everyone how ugly she really is.‬

With mounting accusations of body shaming, Dani quickly deleted the image and apologized. She then attempted to limit the damage the photo had caused; responding to the public condemnations she tweeted:

"There is no excuse. I understand fully the magnitude of this post that I have hurt a lot of people, women. Body shaming is not okay...and not something to joke about."

She went on to say that it was a private conversation that "should never have happened" adding that she was "deeply sorry" for "hurting and offending you all." In addition she uploaded an apology video to Youtube.

 

Not everyone was convinced that  Dani's apology was sincere:

Bonnie Reynolds ‪@bonniereynolds
‪@DaniMathers‪ No, you're sorry you got caught. Do you feel better about yourself by putting others down? You need to do some self reflection.‬

Claire ‪@StoriesCemetery
@DaniMathers Vile. You're a bully and an apology won't ever change that. Do you have any idea of the damage nastiness like this causes?

Greg Mann ‪@gmann72
‪@DaniMathers‪ Shame on you. Now we know who you really are. Can't unsee that either.‬

Dani ended by saying: "I need to take some time to myself now to reflect on why I did this horrible thing."

 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Winnie Harlow talks body confidence

Winnie Harlow is a 21 year old Canadian model that suffers from vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes white patches (depigmentation) to appear on skin. Winnie was bullied during her childhood, which caused her to change schools several times before eventually dropping out of high school. At her lowest ebb she confessed to contemplating suicide.

Winnie’s modeling career began when America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks spotted her on Instagram (she currently has 1.2 million followers). After being eliminated from the show, Winnie went on to find modeling success. She has modeled for the clothing brands Desigual and Ashish, appeared in the fashion magazines i-D and Dazed; she featured in Glamour (Spanish edition), Complex, Cosmopolitan and Ebony magazines and has also walked the catwalk at both London and Paris Fashion weeks.

At the recent Women In The World event, Winnie discussed body confidence:

“Everyone asks me what the turning point was [gaining body confidence], “but it was just me making the effort to focus on my opinion of myself. I was like, wait I don't actually think I'm ugly; I think I'm beautiful. So where did I get this idea I wasn't? From someone else.

Now I've learnt to just listen to yourself.”

 

Monday, July 04, 2016

Percentage of women who feel body confident

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