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Via Everyday Feminism

Originally published on Laci Green’s YouTube channel.

Have you ever taken a selfie? If you’re unfamiliar with the term, selfies are when you snap a solo shot of yourself. Selfies have received a lot of hate recently for encouraging vanity.

Check out this Laci Green video to understand why that hate is overblown and how selfies are feminist, body positive, and sex positive. The video also includes nine tips to improve your body image with your selfies.

Click here to read the transcription.





What are your top beauty tips?

Start out perfect and don’t change a thing. Always accentuate your best features by pointing at them. And conceal your flaws by sucker punching anyone who has the audacity to mention them.

Never too old to learn from the Muppets.

And this:

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” - Miss Piggy

(via polvinho)



This is my ten year old little sister, Aubrey. Back at the end of May, she got her head shaved for St. Baldrick’s in support of kids with cancer. Recently, however, she’s been going on about how she now hates her hair because she doesn’t think of herself as pretty, anymore. She said that because she doesn’t have long hair, she’s not beautiful. I disagree; I think she’s a gorgeous little girl.

To prove to her that she’s beautiful and it doesn’t matter what length of hair she has, I told her I was going to post this picture of her on Tumblr. I’m hoping you guys can help teach her a lesson about beauty and how you don’t have to be cookie-cutter perfection in order to be beautiful because I just want her to learn, while she’s young, to love herself no matter what. I want her to grow up with the self-esteem that I never had.

I think she’s BEAUTIFUL. Like if you do too! :)

I was thinking about this quote as it relates to the concept of ‘beauty’. Some women are so (rightfully) angry about the pressure to fit into a beauty box, that they reject the idea of ‘beauty’ all together. (they tend to get irked when messages state “you’re beautiful” or something similar).

There IS something wrong about the way we collectively see beauty: it’s crazy limited! When I say all women are beautiful, it’s true (at least to me). The same way beauty can be found in flowers, a sunny afternoon, or a plastic bag a la American Beauty. It’s not the concept of beauty that’s problematic. The idea that we all have to look a certain WAY or have certain characteristics in order to believe we are beautiful… that’s what’s messed up.

Rather than reject the notion of beauty, why don’t we open it up a little? Why not allow the idea that beautiful comes in many shapes and sizes? Why deny beauty because we’re mad about how it’s been defined when we can ALWAYS define it for ourselves? (and DUH, there’s WAY more to life than fitting into a beauty ideal. But you don’t feel nearly as pressured to do so when you already know you’re inherently tote BEAUTS).

Freedom = getting rid of the box. :)

Well, that’s one way to put it. :)

Well, that’s one way to put it. :)

Dove, Real Beauty Sketches

Dove has released its newest campaign/experiment, and it might make you re-think how you see yourself. (I WISH, we could do this in real life!).

A group of women were asked to describe themselves to a forensic sketch artist, then describe how they saw each other to him. The comparison sketches bring a few women to tears and highlight the fact that we don’t always see ourselves as others do.

See all the videos and a side by side of each portrait here:

More Body Love & Body Image Posts


It’s a show and tell, nothin’ to hide, body pride kind of a day, so posting this pic for a reader who messaged me about how ‘abnormal’, ‘gross’ and ‘ugly’ her stretch marks were.

She said she didn’t know anyone who had them on their thighs, butt or boobs like she did. I thought I’d put an end to that.

Hi. I’m Chichi. Nice to meet you. These are my thighs/hips. And some of my stretch marks. I’d show you my boobs, but FB gets weird about that. I pinky swear, their stretch marks look similar. I also have scars, cellulite, a big birthmark on my belly and a horrible, ill advised playboy bunny tattoo on my low back. I was 16 and thought it was ‘cool’. These all used to be things I hated about myself. I decided that didn’t work for me anymore and now I’m pretty cool with ‘em. No shame.

My body doesn’t need me to apologize for it. It’s wicked.

I have no story behind these marks. They aren’t tiger stripes, or battle wounds. At my biggest, I was a size 12-14. My boobs are smaller now, but I had the marks pretty much out of puberty. This is just my bod. I didn’t do anything to earn it. But I’m down with it.

I don’t know what your body looks like, but I can guarantee ‘most’ of us here have stretch marks or cellulite. Or will one day. You might have more marks, less marks, lighter marks, darker marks or none at all. But no matter what your body’s own brand of quirky brings, know that there are millions of beautiful women in the same boat. It’s normal. It’s beautiful. It’s not gross.

So here. Check my legs out. I’m not everybody, just somebody. And I have awesome legs and stretch marks. Bam.

(PS- Fit Mama Training started an avalanche of awesome earlier. Click on the link for the most amazing post ever.)

A quick list of things you can work on this year, that will bring you nothing but ‘awesome’. And none of them have to do with weight loss, losing ‘flaws (always in quotations), or changing your appearance. Those are bonuses and things you can ALWAYS work on of course, but unless those changes are made with LOVE (not hate), they aren’t likely to stick OR make you feel better.

This is about being mother f*cking at HOME in the body you are in, whatever it’s shape. You deserve it. You do. Trust me & thank me later. 

Here’s some ways you can START your body love journey.


1. Put down the magazines. Scroll past that site. Don’t indulge in hours of ‘ideal body’ pinning (and pining). Want to feel better about your body? Stop feeding it unrealistic expectations. 

2. Re-examine your relationship with the scale. Does it make or break your day? Does the thought of missing a weigh in stress you out? Ditch it. Nothing should have that power over you.

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Excerpt from “I’ve Started Telling My Daughters I’m Beautiful” (via Offbeat Mama)

"I see it behind their eyes, the calculating and impression. I see it behind their shining brown eyes, how glad they are that I believe I am beautiful. They love me. To them, I am love and guidance and warm, soft blankets and early mornings. They have never doubted how wonderful I am. They have never doubted my beauty. How confusing it must have been for them to see me furrowing my brow in the mirror and sucking in my stomach and sighing.

How confusing it must have been to have me say to them, “You think I am beautiful, but you are wrong. You are small and you love me, so you’re not smart enough to know how unattractive I am. I know I am ugly because I see myself with mean eyes. You are my child and I love you, but I will not allow myself to be pretty, for you. No matter how shining you are when you watch me brushing my hair and pulling my dress over my head. No matter how much you want to be just like me, I can’t be beautiful for you and I don’t know why.”

It’s working, a little bit. I’ve even stopped hating myself, a little bit.

I’ll be what they see. They see me through eyes of love. I’d do anything for them, even this.

I am beautiful.”

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Stop comparing. Redefine what beauty means to you.


Just because she’s __________ (pretty, smart, thin, attractive, charming, funny) doesn’t mean you’re NOT ___________ (awesome, amazing, loved, worthy, unique, special, wicked, badass).

We notice differences among us: it’s not a bad thing. But internalizing what those differences MEAN (i.e. feeling ‘less than’ by comparison), is where the trouble starts. You ARE in control of how you let those messages bounce around inside your head. 

Try re-framing how you compare yourself: what you have to offer is delicious to the people you care about MOST. :)

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