Perfectionism

Lights, Camera...Reality

By Chelsea Freeborn--Diamond in the rough: "One whose unrefined external appearance or ungraceful behaviors belies a good or gentle character and untapped potential.'' I was a diamond in the rough, thrown at a young age into a world of well-polished and unrealistic "diamonds."

aerie Launches "Aerie Real" Ads With No Retouching

American Eagle's lingerie brand has released a new ad campaign featuring models who have NOT been retouched. We think it's a smart move, especially for a company targeting 15-21-year-olds.

Truth in Advertising: Cosmetic Surgery Isn't Simply a "Personal Choice"

By Breanna Khorrami--Everywhere I look I’m bombarded with advertising: advertisements for clothing, advertisments for electronics, advertisements for furniture.

Truth in Advertising: Giving Up "Supposed To"

By Crystal Bonilla--Growing up in a Colombian household taught me that the single most important things in my life were to be beautiful enough for a smart, rich man to like me and to keep my sexuality strapped down for the sake of a fabricated virginity everyone was more concerned about than I was.

The "Bikini Body" Lie: How I Found My Own Truth

By Annie Stewart--Throughout recovery, I have learned that every season has its joys and challenges. However, nothing conjures up body insecurities quite the like the spring and summer months.

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