The Body Image Movement

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Rather than showcase a journey from plus-size to slimmer, Brumfitt chose a photo of herself in a bodybuilding competition as the “before” and a photo of herself after having given birth as the “after.”

Taryn Brumfitt is an inspiration to all women and a prime example of how learning to love your body can change your life forever. In 2013 Taryn hated her body and strongly considered using surgical methods to “fix it”. However, Taryn’s desire to be a good example for her daughters outweighed those initial negative thoughts. On her website, “Body Image Movement”, Taryn writes, “How am I ever going to teach Mikaela to love her body as it is if her Mummy can’t do the same?” …And that is where her journey begins…. Continue reading

“I Tried To Negotiate With God”: Lupita Nyong’o Prayed For Lighter Skin As A Child

90ae1a_227b9fc4d0f94f339732ddd056da1d27.jpgRecently, Lupita Nyong’o has caught everyone’s attention with her stunning performance in 12 Years A Slave. Although she has become the new fashion icon of our time, Nyong’o revealed there was a time she didn’t always feel beautiful. On Thursday, Essence Magazine honored Nyong’o at their Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. Upon her accepting Essence’s Best Breakthrough Performance Award, Nyong’o moved the audience to tears. In her speech, Nyong’o spoke about her self-esteem. Lupita admitted, as  a child  she prayed that God would lighten her skin.” Continue reading

WHAT IS BEAUTY?


WHAT IS BEAUTY

Beauty is subjective; it is a result of the judgment of others on what is aesthetically pleasing. For example, some people find that the color orange is beautiful while others find that the color blue is beautiful. When it comes to other human beings, however, the definition and perception of beauty becomes far less subjective. Cultural norms and traditions skew the definition of ‘beauty’ until it becomes a rigid, cookie-cutter concept that acknowledges little to no bend. The U.S. is programmed to glorify Eurocentric features. The problem is that America’s population does not consist of white people exclusively. A country that houses thousands of people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds cannot only praises the attributes of Caucasians because it creates an inferiority complex. The presence of white beauty preferences is harmful because they serve to erase and devalue black culture and support a system of black inferiority. White people created the social idea that one color is better than another and because of this, beauty standards remain slanted to this day.

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