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Jennifer Lawrence on receiving pressure to diet early on in her career.

vernacular-manslaughter:

octospider:

Gwendoline Christie is the actress for Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. She stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall and took swordfighting, horseriding, and stagefighting lessons for her part, as well as gaining 14 pounds of muscle, to accurately portray Brienne. (x)

She was also terrified of cutting her hair because she’d spent her life believing it was one of the only things that would make people see her as feminine despite her height. In an interview with TV Guide she said:

I struggled for a long time with [cutting] my hair, but then I’m grateful for the opportunity to realize that femininity doesn’t have to come from hair or any of those traditional female archetypes of appearance, So, that’s been exciting actually. I can’t speak with any kind of authority whatsoever because I’m just an actor and I only have my opinions, but I do think it’s really refreshing to have a woman depicted on a mainstream TV show that doesn’t obey typical aesthetics of females and the way they have been portrayed in the past. And I’m really excited to be portraying one of those women. And I hope that her popularity signals a greater expansion of people’s views about men and women and that gender types can be more flexible.

(via buttstacle)

Alexa Chung Doesn’t Want To Be Your Thinspo
LOVED reading this post. 
Though many seem to be less sympathetic to the plight of the “thin”, it’s fundamentally important to me that we stop judging women for what they look like. All women. Including her. And her. And her.
There are some SERIOUS issues when it comes to body diversity in fashion, television, films, magazines and other media. Simply put, the majority of the bodies we see represent only a TINY fraction of what the population looks like. Or even possibly COULD look like. The average fashion model represents a body type that only about 3% of women in the world can attain healthily (and that’s assuming that she, herself, is in fact healthy. Eating disorders in the fashion community are nothing new). The thing is, that we can’t determine health by looking at someone. And calling people disgusting, whether they are thin OR larger, is WRONG. Bullying. Mean. I don’t care what your purpose is; making someone feel badly for the body they are in is NOT the way to go.
So I defend all bodies.. .but not all behaviors. Meaning, I can be anti-eating disorders without commenting that someone looks ill or emaciated. I can promote body diversity and speak about photoshopping practices without putting people down. I don’t have to compare women to get my point across: comparing hurts us all.
Good for Alexa to speak up about it. It’s tricky to talk body image in the fashion industry, but she handles it fairly well. 
Excerpt via Jezebel

The British former model and television presenter had to temporarily shut down her Instagram in April after her followers started commenting obsessively about her body in ways almost anyone would find distressing — people regularly called her body “disgusting,” “ugly,” “gross,” and worse, and others said that simply posting pictures of herself going about her daily business was tantamount to promoting thinspo.
“I think it’s about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect. Like you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It’s not actually mutually exclusive. I just get frustrated because just because I exist in this shape doesn’t mean that I’m like advocating it.”
“I just think that whole culture of hatred, and also feeling like it’s your right to judge people when you don’t know them is really fucked up. So I’m pleased I experienced that side of it, so I can learn to be a better person on the other side of it. I’m sure in the past I’ve been judgmental too…Self esteem, that’s something you got to work on yourself. I know for me it’s different day to day.”
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Alexa Chung Doesn’t Want To Be Your Thinspo

LOVED reading this post.

Though many seem to be less sympathetic to the plight of the “thin”, it’s fundamentally important to me that we stop judging women for what they look like. All women. Including her. And her. And her.

There are some SERIOUS issues when it comes to body diversity in fashion, television, films, magazines and other media. Simply put, the majority of the bodies we see represent only a TINY fraction of what the population looks like. Or even possibly COULD look like. The average fashion model represents a body type that only about 3% of women in the world can attain healthily (and that’s assuming that she, herself, is in fact healthy. Eating disorders in the fashion community are nothing new). The thing is, that we can’t determine health by looking at someone. And calling people disgusting, whether they are thin OR larger, is WRONG. Bullying. Mean. I don’t care what your purpose is; making someone feel badly for the body they are in is NOT the way to go.

So I defend all bodies.. .but not all behaviors. Meaning, I can be anti-eating disorders without commenting that someone looks ill or emaciated. I can promote body diversity and speak about photoshopping practices without putting people down. I don’t have to compare women to get my point across: comparing hurts us all.

Good for Alexa to speak up about it. It’s tricky to talk body image in the fashion industry, but she handles it fairly well.

Excerpt via Jezebel

The British former model and television presenter had to temporarily shut down her Instagram in April after her followers started commenting obsessively about her body in ways almost anyone would find distressing — people regularly called her body “disgusting,” “ugly,” “gross,” and worse, and others said that simply posting pictures of herself going about her daily business was tantamount to promoting thinspo.

I think it’s about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect. Like you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It’s not actually mutually exclusive. I just get frustrated because just because I exist in this shape doesn’t mean that I’m like advocating it.

I just think that whole culture of hatred, and also feeling like it’s your right to judge people when you don’t know them is really fucked up. So I’m pleased I experienced that side of it, so I can learn to be a better person on the other side of it. I’m sure in the past I’ve been judgmental too…Self esteem, that’s something you got to work on yourself. I know for me it’s different day to day.”

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Paula Deen Back On Track: Promotes 30lb Weightloss In People Magazine

When Paula announced she had diabetes, the reaction was a bit…well…ummm…

'DUH'.

And it caused a bit of a scandal, despite not being a shock to anyone really. Afterall, we’re talking about the butter queen. And her delicious unhealthy recipes had been criticized for years as being some of the most obesity causing choices on the block. 

True: deep fried butter donuts are NOT healthy choices. But Paula’s not the one force feeding them to America. If you choose to eat them, YOU choose to eat them. I found it funny that people called her hypocritical: she was not. She was open about what she was eating and the consequence of those choices (along with potential other factors: genetics, weight, stress, hormones, family history etc) was diabetes. It’s not as though she was selling health food or low calorie fare. And while it took a long time for her to make changes after the diagnosis (3 years she kept it hidden), it’s not something I begrudge her for. Personal health is a private matter, and it’s possible she was in denial. Like many, MANY others. 

Being accountable and taking responsibility for our choices is important on so many levels. I like that Paula’s making different ones for herself now. The message is a good one: even if your choices haven’t always been stellar, you remain in control of making positive changes for your body at any time. That’s power. Claiming responsibility for our own choices empowers us. 

While many begrudged the star, I simply viewed it as an opportunity for discussion. Paula is a person and, like millions of others, may not have taken her health seriously until illness reared it’s ugly head. Everyday, thousands of people are diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes and other obesity related illnesses. Sometimes, that’s the wake up call they need. And they’re the lucky ones. They’ve been given a second chance. 

In the spirit of second chances, I think it’s commendable and important to celebrate Paula’s efforts and let people everywhere know that it’s never too late to make a change for the better! You are not defined by your past and can make healthier changes to better your life at any age, at any weight and in any circumstance. 

Go Paula! You take care of yourself girl! 

And let’s lay off the buttered donuts for awhile. :)

Read more via Blisstree.

"I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, ‘I feel fat,’".

"I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, ‘cause I loved it."

Christina Hendricks on gaining weight when she first started modeling.

Via People Magazine

Who’s excited for the release of Titanic in Imax!!? Got my tickets, got my tissues, got my girls. It’s ON.

I was 14 when Titanic came out and deeply, DEEPLY in love with Leonardo DiCaprio (my old agenda is embarrassingly filled with ‘Ms. Dicaprio’ signatures). While my love for Leo has dwindled a tad over the years, my love for Kate Winslet has only grown. Not only is she talented, well spoken & gorgeous, but she’s got a body lovin’ attitude that’s simply contagious.

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Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!

-Robin Williams

Get outside mo-fo’s!

Demi Lovato discusses her treatment for E.D & breaking down the stigma moving forward.

Very impressive & candid interview. Inspiring.

And it’s not what you think.

The reactions are NOT about Brown… well, not really. Rather it seems like a whole lot of ladies WANT Brown to hit them, beat them and punch them in the face. Or rather, that’s how they’re choosing to communicate their love for the singer.

This is a valuable lesson for people who still think the internet is an anonymous place to spew venom, garbage and utter things we’d never say in real life - if you post it, it’s OUT there. With your picture, handle, name and more.

I’m willing to bet these women were trying to be funny. Or looking for attention. Or (insert random, illogical reason here). But whatever the reason, it’s not harmless. Or even remotely entertaining. I’m shocked, disgusted and although I HATE putting people on the spot (I prefer to own my reaction and post something positive, instead of attacking), a little part of me did a fist pump when I saw these tweets exposed.

What you put out in the world says a lot about YOU. Even if you’re posting about someone else. Really, REALLY hope they learn from this and think twice before tweeting such garbage.

Domestic violence is real. It kills people. It’s not something to be made light of. And although I’m of the mindset that people should be given the opportunity to right their wrongs in the future, it does not mean that those wrongs are somehow ‘lessened’ by time. What happened in that car was wrong, was dangerous and will always be that way. How we use it moving forward is a different story and no, we shouldn’t continue to hate Brown because of it (if we remove forgiveness from the table, there’s no incentive for others to try to change their ways either. People can and do change, though only time will tell).

What happened brought much needed attention to domestic violence and started a conversation that needed to be had. Charges were pressed, community service was served, and Rihanna’s forgiven him. He still rubs me the wrong way, and to be honest, I’ll probably never buy his albums. But he paid his debt (at least somewhat), and only time will tell if he’s changed his ways. And if so, that’s another strong message we can learn from: that you can stop the cycle of violence.

But sending the message that violence is OK? That part of his allure IS the violence he committed in the past? That the victim shouldn’t have complained because he’s ‘so fine’? That he’s so hot you WANT him to punch you, beat you, put you in the hospital?

WHAT THE FUCK, LADIES!?!?!? Really? Really??!?! REALLY?!?!

This was truly upsetting. Ladies… c’mon.

As previous posts have hinted, Margaret Cho is out for bloody, word-revenge against anyone who dare threaten body image for young girls. In her latest attack, she dishes out some brutal verbage towards Karl Lagerfeld, who’s recent comments about singer Adele have made headlines.

Warning: foul language, mentions of violence, and unapologetic ranting.

Excerpt from Margaret Cho to Karl Lagerfeld: Fuck You and Your Fucking Glasses

When you say we are fat, you murder our grace, and we’ve already lost so much to begin with. We’ve already lost everything, except weight. That we gain steadily, along with self hatred, and all you are doing is adding to our burden, pressing down on the scale with the long toe of your fine, elegantly tassled loafer.

We don’t have millions of dollars to perforate our fat with expensive, experimental injections. We don’t have time to be lightheaded and sick with hunger. We can’t afford fasting clinics in the Swiss Alps or a messianic nutritionist or portion controlled meals wrapped up in white linen and enshrouded in Chanel camellias. We have to pay the rent and pay for gas and if eating is some comfort to us in our difficult lives, let it be so. Just let us be. Let us listen to Adele, who is triumphantly one of us and let us enjoy her and feel like her and think we are her for a moment and be safe in her music and in our heads.

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R.I.P Whitney Houston. 
Just… wow. Big voice. Big life. She’ll be missed.
Whitney was 48 years old. Cause of death is unknown.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen  until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has  died. She was 48.
Publicist Kristen Foster  said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location  of her death were unclear.
At her peak in the  1980s and ’90s, Houston the golden girl of the music industry and one  of the world’s best-selling artists.
Among  her hits were “How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love for You” and “I  Will Always Love You.” She won multiple Grammys including album and  record of the year.
Her success carried her  beyond music to movies like “The Bodyguard.”
But  by the end of her career, drug use took its toll as her record sales  plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse.

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R.I.P Whitney Houston.

Just… wow. Big voice. Big life. She’ll be missed.

Whitney was 48 years old. Cause of death is unknown.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear.

At her peak in the 1980s and ’90s, Houston the golden girl of the music industry and one of the world’s best-selling artists.

Among her hits were “How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You.” She won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies like “The Bodyguard.”

But by the end of her career, drug use took its toll as her record sales plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse.

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"No matter someone’s body history, their weight is allowed to fluctuate. Jones isn’t obese, and she isn’t publicly discussing any concern for her size or health. She may look a little heavier than she did a few months ago, but you know what ? So do I. And it’s not because I’ve let my health go, or I’m going through an emotionally difficult time. Weight fluctuation is normal and even healthy to some degree. And Jones just doesn’t seem to me like she’s on the brink of becoming obese again or putting her health at risk. And, given that she’s been proactive about managing her weight in the past, I somehow doubt we all need to stay up at night worrying that she’ll find help if she needs it".

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Photo via The Daily Mail

Elle Woods on the benefits of exercise & it’s effect on one’s ability to commit murder.

- Clip from ‘Legally Blonde

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