Brittany Murphy… another battle lost?

•December 22, 2009 • 1 Comment

First, I just want to say how deeply saddened I am to hear about Brittany Murphy’s death. Like most girls, Clueless is one of my favorite movies, and I followed Murphy’s career from the “valley girl” classic to Girl, Interrupted, to 8 Mile. I was completely shocked when I first heard the heart breaking news. It’s extremely disturbing, as she was only 32-years-old.

I’ve been following the reports of Murphy’s death. The press first said Murphy’s cardiac arrest was due to natural causes. Then I heard it may have had something to do with her Diabetes. Later on, I heard it was drugs. Like any other celebrity death, the news has changed about 100 times, and it’s only been known to the public for a little over 24 hours. I read a report earlier today however, about how Murphy greatly struggled with self-image issues and eating disorders.

People Magazine reported how Murphy struggled with body image issues over her 18-year (too short for her age) career. She fought the tabloids as soon as the press started rumors of an eating disorder, saying (according to People), “I’m the same size I was in Clueless; it’s just that the weight in your face changes as you grow and get older. This is my body. I’m proud of it … I’m healthy.”

Reports of the actress always being extremely self-conscious were released. Also according to People, one even said, “A lot of her problems were due to poor self image. She wore extraordinary amounts of makeup, tons of fake eyelashes, got her teeth capped, dyed her hair blonde, lost weight – she wanted to be a beauty. She didn’t want to be the fat girl from Clueless. She didn’t eat a lot. She would drink copious amounts of coffee.”

I will continue to follow Murphy’s death investigation. Whatever the cause may be, this is an extremely sad story. If Murphy’s death is due in part to self-image issues, I really hope people will open their eyes, and start to pay attention to the terrible effects the media can have on a person.

Filmmaker’s boycott of Ralph Lauren

•December 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts, Nicole Pollard (Miss Indiana 2009), and 100 supporters are demonstrating outside the Ralph Lauren store in Chicago.

Fox Business reports the boycott aims to, “Improve media and advertising images sent to young women and girls.”

The article also states the boycott will, “broadcast live via Ustream, which enables iPhone 3GS users to send live video to websites, something that Roberts says will allow “the many thousands of supporters around the world that wanted to join us, but couldn’t, to visit http://americathebeautifuldoc.com/ and watch our peaceful demonstration as it happens.”

Roberts documentary America the Beautiful, focuses on the subject of body image and eating disorders. Check out the live stream of the boycott and scroll through his website (listed above) to learn more.

Demi Moore, is it really you?

•December 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Demi Moore is on the cover of W Magazine, but is it really her? Many bloggers are arguing that Moore’s body looks exactly like Anja Rubik’s.

Rubik is the fashion model who donned the same Balmain dress on the Paris runway earlier this year. According to an article in The Telegraph, people are arguing the neck, collarbone, and arms are all identical. Could Moore’s head be photoshopped right on to Rubik’s body? If this were true, I don’t think anyone would be surprised.

Did anyone see Charlie’s Angels? Demi Moore looks great, her head does not need to be posted on a 26-year-old model’s body.

Matters are becoming so extreme, that a Los Angeles photographer even offered to donate $5,000 to charity if Moore could prove her body was not digitally retouched.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009 review

•December 2, 2009 • 1 Comment

So, did everyone see the ridiculous bodies walking down the runway last night?

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired Tuesday at 10 p.m. I decided to watch it as a tradition with a bunch of my girlfriends. I can’t even count the number of times I heard, “I’m going on a diet.”

After blogging about body image for three months and realizing all of the horrible effects the media has on our bodies, you would think I wouldn’t be affected by these women. However, I caught myself several times thinking I should do two-a-days at the gym for a while.

Some people would call this show a one hour torture session, but it’s important to look at it as pure entertainment and not to take it too personally.  However, I did think there was one part of the show that seriously crossed the line. This segment focused on the flaws of the models competing in the search for the next Victoria’s Secret Angel.

During this part of the show, the Angels-to-be were brought to several trainers at a gym. These trainers told the models what they didn’t like about their bodies.

I was flabbergasted.

Besides a few of them being too skinny, I would not have been able to name one thing wrong with these beautiful girls. One of the trainers non chalantly told a model what was wrong with her body to her face. If you missed it, be sure to watch the clip I’ve included.

Besides that disturbing part, I thoroughly enjoyed the show, as I do every year. I especially loved the Black Eyed Peas performance.

What did you think?

The Sun-Maid Raisin Girl’s ultimate makeover

•December 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Glamour Health and Fitness would like to know what you think of the Sun-Maid Raisin Girl’s new look.

If you haven’t noticed, Sun-Maid’s newest commercials and advertisements depict a new icon – and she definitely looks like she receieved a makeover.

In fact, according to Glamour’s website, some bloggers are suggesting that it looks like she received breast implants.

After studying the difference for myself, I have to agree with those bloggers. The Sun-Maid Raisin Girl’s graphic designers have definitely been generous this holiday season.

Don’t forget to check out the history timeline of the Raisin Girl. Does this show how the media’s depiction of body image has changed throughout the century?

The before shot:

The after shot:

Former Miss Argentina dies after plastic surgery

•December 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Solange Magnano was 37-years-old and a former Miss Argentina. She died Sunday, Nov. 30 after undergoing a plastic surgery procedure.

According to CNN.com, Magnano died in a hospital after being transferred from a clinic where she underwent an elective surgery on her buttocks (gluteoplasty), which took place on Wednesday.

Magnano ran her own modeling agency in Argentina, and was a model herself. She was Miss Argentina in 1994. She was also the mother of 7-year-old twins.

Plastic surgery is extremely common in Argentina. According to CNN, 1 in 30 Argentines has gone under the knife.

Interview with Carly Miller

•November 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I interviewed Carly Miller, who has recently recovered from multiple eating disorders. However, this interview means a lot to me, because not only is Carly one of my very close friends, she’s also one of the inspirations for my blog.

Carly (left) and me (right) during our freshman year of college at Towson

Carly and I hit it off right away. We’re both Philadelphia natives and our high schools were huge rivals. We came to Towson University together and became friends right away. We were inseparable. We pledged the same sorority, and did everything together, until problems started to arise.

Carly left Towson during our sophomore year of college to get long-term help at a facility in Toledo, Ohio. Since then, she’s made amazing progress and has come to a full recovery.

Here’s a small tease to the story…

“My eating disorder first developed when I was 15. It started up again my senior year of high school but didn’t become extreme until the second semester of my freshman year of college. There were a lot of contributing factors to my ED. Being an athlete, I was always told that the smaller you were, the faster you went. and I really stuck by that idea. In college, there were so many changes going on and I just felt like I needed something that I could have control over, and I chose my weight. Additionally, there were some extremely negative experiences that I felt a lot of anger about, but was too scared to vocalize it, so I turned the anger in on myself and abused my body instead,” Miller said.

For her full story, read the feature story on the page to the right titled, “Her long and winding road to recovery.”

Thanks to Carly for the interview and I’m so proud of you!🙂