Giving Up Beauty

The Happy Sheet:  Who cares?

The Happy Sheet: Who cares?

meeting my own body

meeting my own body

Warning: possible trigger for those who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse. “My uncle says Puerto Rican girls are F-I-N-E FINE,” he hisses at me, his hands groping for me in the traffic to get on the school bus afterschool.  He is in third grade; I am in fourth grade and, already, I have grown […]

Price of Beauty Month 2 Update

Price of Beauty Month 2 Update

You might recall that on October 23 I made the commitment to track my beauty spending in a post called .  I figured the best way to update you here is to do a pose once a month so here is this months’ beauty spending and some observations. October 2011 Spending $12.89 (curling iron) November […]

My mom and I all natural at the airport

All Natural Friday Details

This Friday, February 25, we will be celebrating All Natural Friday in my body image class at UNC-Charlotte (and around the world, wherever you are).  What is All Natural Friday?  A chance for all of us to become reacquainted with the skin we’re in.  This Friday, I’d like all of you to go all natural […]

Sofia Vergara with and without make-up

Going all natural

I issued the challenge because it was becoming more and more apparent that it would be a challenge.  This Friday, my body image class and I will go without any enhancements.  What are enhancements?  Make-up, perfume, hair product, weave/ extensions (that aren’t sewn in), fake eyelashes, contacts, flat ironing, etc. As we have immersed ourselves […]

Love Your Body (and win loot)

Love Your Body (and win loot)

Love Your Body Day is Wednesday, October 20th, and my goal is to get ALL of you to sign a pledge to be your own body champion.  Below, you’ll find The Body Warrior Pledge that I drafted two years ago and is featured on Day 2 of Beautiful You. Pledge your desire to champion yourself by […]

Giving Up Beauty

So, I never intended to have a career as a writer and, most especially, did not expect to end up being a positive body image advocate (well, I personally was a positive body image advocate, I just never thought saw it as part of my mission in life.  The reality, though, is that what I […]

Operation Beautiful with Caitlyn Boyle

Operation Beautiful with Caitlyn Boyle

Earlier this year, I discovered Operation Beautiful and blogged about it here.  Earlier this summer, Operation Beautiful went from being a global project to also being a book.  Now, people everywhere can enjoy what the web-site has to offer and more in book size!  I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to meet Caitlyn Boyle, […]

Bodywork

Driving the car                 through the local township- that bitch of a machine- she catches a glimpse                 of her beauty starved face in that dingy rearview- its moods dictating                 when it might                                                 fall                                                      down. A red Alfa Romeo                 flies by, waif with a Virginia Slim at the wheel, “Funny […]