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Beauty Redefined
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Taking beauty back for females!
Taking beauty back for females!

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So many of the attributes that make us unique and distinguishable from each other have been labeled "flaws." Actress Chloë Grace Moretz lists some excellent examples from her own life. As women, we've been fed constant images of one or two looks that are held up as most attractive or even just what normal looks like, and then we learn to see our natural variations in looks as less ideal or abnormal. Not cool. What makes you distinguishable as YOU? Are you willing to accept those attributes and consciously redefine them as acceptable or even beautiful? Start by shutting down your negative thoughts and words about those features. Deliberately think of those features in terms of their functions and express gratitude for what they allow you to do. Is your nose any less useful if it is shaped differently than the ones in magazines? Are your forearms any less functional if they're hairier than you think they should be? Do your thighs not work if they've got cellulite? Unlikely. Time for some redefining.

This post is a great place to start when reconsidering the standards we hold ourselves to: http://www.beautyredefined.net/physically-photoshopping-ourselves-out-of-reality/

#beautyredefined #chloegracemoretz #takebackbeauty
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1. Google Image search your local school’s men’s volleyball team.
2. Now Google Image search the women’s volleyball team.
3. Now ask yourself why the guys are drowning in all that extra fabric!?
We’re concerned about the men here. All that extra shorts baggage has got to be keeping them from playing at peak performance levels! If they rocked spandex with a 1″ inseam, they’d be able to bend in much more liberating ways. Who is the athletic shorts lobby that is enforcing such oppressive ideals on these male athletes?
But seriously. In a world where dress codes are strictly enforced against girls at school and leggings are hotly debated for their modesty or lack thereof, every volleyball-playing school and organization in the country follows some clear rules to distinguish female volleyball players from the male ones: Guys, you get shorts. Girls, no shorts for you. We want you to question that. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying or feeling great in the standard volleyball uniform worn by female athletes today. Nowhere in this post or anything else we’ve ever said or written will you find us shaming or judging the people who agree to wear or love to wear those uniforms. Our problem with the uniforms comes with: 1) the striking disparity between male/female uniforms, which reflects the objectifying idea that women’s bodies are primarily ornaments to be looked at; and 2) the hindering effect that unnecessarily body-baring clothing has on body image and athletic performance (i.e., self-objectification). So yes, this new post is about volleyball shorts. But it's also about so much more.

#beautyredefined #volleyballshorts #modesty #bodyimage #objectification #takebackbeauty

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Gina Rodriguez, star of the new hit TV show "Jane the Virgin," got a great start on learning to accept herself, including her appearance, from her dad at a young age. Even though she's always being told she's too fat, too short and not "ethnic" enough for TV and movies, she credits her confidence to her ability to question those beauty ideals early on. Everyone can develop and teach media literacy in simple ways by being critical of media and not ourselves. Ask your kids (and yourself), "Do you see female characters on TV or movies that look like the girls and women you know in real life?" and "How do you think girls feel when they doesn't get to see people who look like them on TV or in magazines?" Teach them in simple terms that companies want women to feel bad about their bodies and faces so they will spend their money on things to make them look prettier. Teach them to recognize the ways media manipulates our emotions to sell absolutely everything, from junk food to eyeshadow. They can learn to recognize those lies about beauty and worth and reject them. Replace those lies with the truth -- that their reflections do not define their worth and their bodies are instruments, not ornaments! More inspiration here: http://www.beautyredefined.net/more-than-a-body-prove-it/
#beautyredefined   #ginarodriguez   #bodyimage   #selfworth   #takebackbeauty  
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You can start to love your body and shut down stifling feelings of body anxiety by turning your thoughts to gratitude. Learning to love your body can be a difficult process for women who have believed their whole lives they are worthless because they don’t live up to physical ideals upheld as normal and attainable in our profit-driven culture. We want you to know it is not an impossible feat, and the process is incredibly rewarding. One of the easiest and best things you can do for your body image right now is to consider the ways your body is amazing! Appreciate what it has allowed you to do, regardless of your abilities, appearance or health status, and acknowledge your strengths and gifts. Take inventory of the aspects of your body you can be grateful for and then take a moment to consciously appreciate those gifts. Work to shift your focus from what your body looks like to how you feel and what your body can do, including what your body allows you to experience. Gratitude is can be a really practical antidote for body anxiety that can be practiced every single day. Thanks to author Danielle LaPorte for the perfect quote in this image! 

More on loving your body despite conflicting messages about what that really means can be found here: http://www.beautyredefined.net/loving-your-body-101/

#beautyredefined   #gratitude   #loveyourbody   #selfworth   #anxiety   #takebackbeauty  
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Women who have been pregnant or have given birth are so brutally targeted by industries that make BANK off convincing us our bodies are supposed to snap back to pre-baby status immediately or fit certain appearance ideals all those months. That's not how bodies work, but a lot of people are convinced it's not only possible but also expected of all healthy women. Please know this is just another fairly new profit-driven idea that serves companies and not moms. "Get your body back" by taking it back from the anxiety-filled fantasyland media and marketers have sold us. Own your changes and battle scars and the incredible capabilities and experiences your body has managed to get you to this point. Focus on how you feel and what your body can do, and the endless anxiety of fitting post-pregnancy body ideals will start to fade. Share your burdens and insecurities with other women and you'll be amazed at how universal your feelings really are -- as well as how much lighter those burdens become by simply speaking them aloud. Amen to Drew Barrymore's words here. Squeeze those babies (of any age) and see the perfection your body has created! If you love this message, our post on how to get your body back will speak to your soul: http://www.beautyredefined.net/you-had-a-baby-this-is-how-you-get-your-body-back/

#beautyredefined   #bodyafterbaby   #drewbarrymore   #workout   #fitness   #fitmom   #takebackbeauty  
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Lots of people mistakenly think you can hate your body into shape -- like if you get just disgusted enough with yourself, you'll finally have all the motivation you'll need to exercise regularly and eat a more balanced diet. Well, research and countless individuals' experiences can tell you this just doesn't work! Body shame is actually a really powerful DE-motivator that pushes people toward harmful coping mechanisms like overeating, being more sedentary, self-harm, and compulsive exercise that hurts bodies rather than strengthening them. Thinking your body is disgusting might push you to hit the gym for a short time, but that shame is proven to be ineffective at long-term motivation for healthy habits. You can't embarrass or shame anyone (including yourself) into making healthier choices if you really want them to be successful. Let your drive to work out and to eat healthy foods in moderation come from self-respect and self-compassion! Those empowering motivations remind you how capable you are and what an incredible instrument your body can be for your own use and experience, as opposed to judging it solely by how it looks, which will never be perfect enough to escape body shame. Loving your body will get you closer to health and happiness than hating it ever will!

For more about how shame influences our health choices: http://www.beautyredefined.net/body-shame-on-you/
For more about how to break down barriers to exercise and get fit: 
http://www.beautyredefined.net/healthy-redefined-part-2-forget-about-fat-and-get-fit/

#beautyredefined   #fitspiration   #workout   #bodyimage   #selfworth   #takebackbeauty  
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The beauty industry is worth more than $100 billion and that doesn't change even when the economy tanks. The diet and weight loss industries make about $70 billion each year while almost no one is successful at losing weight and keeping it off using their programs. Plastic surgery (mostly lipo and breast enhancements) is up nearly 500% in the last decade, with 92% of the procedures performed on girls and women. New "solutions" to new "flaws" are created for women (rarely ever for men) by advertisers every single day, from "unsightly underarms" (thanks, Dove!) to "insufficient lashes" (thanks Latisse!) and every single inch of our bodies -- from the roots of our dry/oily/mousy/limp/wrong-colored hair to our rough/dry/unsightly feet and pedicure-needing toenails. Female pores, female wrinkles, female scars, female hair and female skin in general have been sold back to us as problems in need of fixing by companies claiming to sell the solutions -- but these things haven't always been viewed as problems and they do not always need "fixing." When it comes to viewing regular human characteristics as "flaws," we're #notbuyingit. The next time you notice a physical insecurity, think about who profits from you feeling that way and who may have invented the idea that whatever you're feeling insecure about is a problem, rather than simply a normal aspect of a human body. This critical awareness of the $$ behind our anxieties is incredibly empowering. Only then can we take our power back.

#beautyredefined   #notbuyingit   #bodyimage   #selfworth   #takebackbeauty  
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Right now, Kelly Clarkson is making the media rounds to promote her latest album, and one of the main things she's always asked is what she has to say in response to really vile comments about her body. We love her response shown in this image, but what we really love is that she doesn't give in to the pressure to just HIDE. Despite her weight fluctuations being a hot topic throughout her entire career, Kelly doesn't wait to display her talent and promote her music until she fits the ideals media upholds as acceptable. She doesn't hide herself or "fix" herself before she feels ideal-looking enough to be in the public eye. She is an incredibly talented singer in an industry that increasingly defines stars by their body shapes, but she doesn't let the constant fat talk hold her back from proudly sharing her talents and herself. 

When most girls and women feel body shame, which comes as a result of not living up to physical ideals in our minds, they resort to coping mechanisms that fit into the categories of either "hiding" or "fixing," but we simply don't have to do that -- as Kelly demonstrates so well. More about how to recognize and proactively fight against that here: http://tinyurl.com/n4jduql. We're grateful for Kelly's example and we hope it can help other girls and women be a little more courageous in "letting [their] little lights shine."

#beautyredefined   #kellyclarkson   #bodyimage   #bodyafterbaby   #takebackbeauty  
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Did you know that for girls and women, time spent using social media is correlated with increased body anxiety, loneliness, envy and depression? All of that can be attributed to self-comparison. When was the last time you felt better about yourself (or your body, wardrobe, or life) after scrolling through an IG fashionista's pics, that friend-of-friend's news feed, or even old pictures of yourself when you thought you looked better? Never. As stated by Theodore Roosevelt and beautifully lettered by Hello Tosha Design Co. (hellotosha.com), this quote is painfully true -- comparison is truly the thief of joy. So how do we minimize it? 1) By taking a break from social media for even just 2-3 days as a way to reset and appreciate your own beautiful reality. 2) By consciously recognizing when the photo scrolling is affecting your happiness and triggering harmful self-comparisons. 3) By unfollowing and unsubscribing from pages that spark your insecurities. 4) By counting your blessings and strengths, regardless of how they stack up to others'. Take back your joy!

#beautyredefined   #socialmedia   #comparison   #selfworth   #takebackbeauty  
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Have you read Rebecca Hains' new book, The Princess Problem? Hains knows little girls love everything about princesses: the beautiful dolls, the romantic love stories, the glittering play clothes. But girls’ princess obsessions bring more than pink sparkles into their lives: She argues pop culture princesses are part of an enormous and powerful marketing machine, encouraging obsessive consumerism and delivering negative stereotypes about gender, race, and beauty to young girls. What’s a concerned parent to do? Hains offers solutions, teaching parents a range of skills–from setting limits on media use to helping their daughters think critically about media stereotypes and consumerism. With their parents’ help, girls can arm themselves with the skills and resilience they’ll need to navigate popular culture and its many problems for years to come. More here: http://rebeccahains.com/books-by-rebe…/the-princess-problem/
Until March 6, it is available from Barnes & Noble for Nook for only $2.99! Amazon is also offering the book for Kindle at the same price for a limited time. If you've been wanting to get a digital copy, don't miss this sale.
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/kxgn3l3
Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/qgbd3zv
#beautyredefined   #theprincessproblem   #Rebeccahains   #genderroles   #takebackbeauty  
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