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When will WE become the trend?

When will WE become the trend?

Despite the body positivity and neutrality movements, diet culture and changing trends regarding body types are still engrained in our society
The damaging resurgence of Heroin Chic

The damaging resurgence of Heroin Chic

As the Kardashians ditch their BBLs and curves for a ‘skinnier look’, recent changes in body image trends seem to be reverting back to the 2000s love of the slim physique and heroin chic
Choice feminism: Debates on plastic surgery

Choice feminism: Debates on plastic surgery

With body image and self-esteem issues still so prevalent for younger generations we ask if celebrities owe to us to share their cosmetic surgery?
Agony Aunt Angela: Am I good enough?

Agony Aunt Angela: Am I good enough?

“I feel bloated all the time; my skin is so gross, and my clothes don’t look right.” Can Aunt Angela tackle the effects of social media?
The TikTokers promoting body positivity

The TikTokers promoting body positivity

Talking all things body image, self-love and TikTok with four of the platforms leading creators
Cruel comparisons: The toxic culture of the ‘Before and After’ photos

Cruel comparisons: The toxic culture of the ‘Before and After’ photos

Before and after posts are too common on social media, writer Amy Dewar considers the implications of these
Review: How To Keep Up With The Kardashians

Review: How To Keep Up With The Kardashians

Alice Porter reviews ‘How To Keep Up With The Kardashians’, a UMDS production on body image and pop culture
The backside of Instagram: why our Monday motivators are all the same

The backside of Instagram: why our Monday motivators are all the same

Instagram is full of fitness related accounts, but how damaging is ‘fitspiration’? Emma Price looks at the wealth of misinformation spread by influencers, and the impact it has on both mental and physical health
The Princess Diaries – Empowering or inspiring self-consciousness amongst women?

The Princess Diaries – Empowering or inspiring self-consciousness amongst women?

Countless films involve women receiving a make-over in order to be deemed attractive, but does this effect women’s self-consiousness?
‘Weight’ is such a weighted word

‘Weight’ is such a weighted word

Sophie Marriott argues that the criticism of Weight Watchers for their name change is placing too much meaning on the language of wellness and in itself weighing down notion of health and perpetuating cultures of shame.
Sizing shake-up on the highstreet marks a step forward for inclusivity

Sizing shake-up on the highstreet marks a step forward for inclusivity

Global brand H&M has recently updated its clothes sizing following feedback of them being irregularly small. With other stores following suit, are we seeing a move in the right direction for commercial understanding of body image issues?

Thicc: body positive or objectifying?

Oppressive beauty standards come in all shapes and sizes

The bodies nobody cares about

The media and societal spin on body image is causing dangerous consequences for a generation of body dysmorphic men; what can we do?

Essena O’Neil: Sensation or sob story?

Aj Mal puts forward his opinion on Essena O’Neill’s headline-grabbing exit from social media, including a defect from her 600,000-follower Instagram account

Creatures of all shapes and sizes

Sadie Hill combats the media’s representation of size and promotes the importance of body positivity

Feature: Musical Body Image – What’s the Problem?

Elizabeth Rushton discusses the changing face of female body image in pop music

Should we be itching to talk about pubic hair removal?

Gwen Ellis takes a look at how porn has influenced our sex lives and body images