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The Fashion Industry’s Faux Sentiment for the Eating Disordered

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September 26th, 2007

Newsweek just interviewed me about the controversy starting to brew around an Italian fashion ad that features a truly anorexic model. The designer claims it is an effort at public awareness. I believe it is simply another effort to use shock to sell.
One of the things I write about in my book is the media’s […]

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Rachel Zoe: Anorexist to the Stars

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September 17th, 2007

I was glad to see that the New York Times Sunday Magazine chose to do a profile of Rachel Zoe, a fashion stylist who has been largely behind many of the most pernicious “starvation” looks of late. She is most famous for sheparding Nicole Ritchie’s transition from healthy celebrity daughter to skeletal fashion icon.
While I […]

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Broadcast Journalism Reduced to Reality TV

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August 23rd, 2007

In Fox’s new reality television series Anchorwoman, viewers will have the opportunity to watch as former Miss New York Lauren Jones tries her best to hike ratings at a Tyler, Texas TV station (KYTX Channel 19) with her good looks and total dearth of broadcast journalism experience.
I can’t begin to imagine how offensive such […]

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Mo’Nique

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August 9th, 2007

I was thrilled to see an article in the New York Times Sunday Arts section on fat activist and actress Mo’Nique. For starters, they so rarely cover what I’m sure they would describe as “low brow culture”–and what I might call pop culture or black culture–in a thoughtful, non-patronizing way. And whatsmore, getting someone like […]

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Pimps Up, Ho’s Down

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July 20th, 2007

If you were like me, you discovered hip hop before you discovered feminism. Growing up in the suburbs of Colorado Springs, it was—believe it or not—the soundtrack to my adolescence. Summer camp: Beastie Boys. Junior high make out parties: Dr. Dre and Snoop (we were, for all intents and purposes, west coast). High school cruising: […]

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Famous Flaws

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July 17th, 2007

The often brilliant Virginia Heffernan wrote a really interesting article–“The Beautiful People, the Uglier the Better”–that ran in this weekend’s New York Times and I’ve been returning to it in my mind ever since reading it.
Her premise is basically that celebrity worship, which used to be about reveling in the exquisite perfection of Hollywood starlets, […]

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Beauty on the Vine

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April 30th, 2007

Yesterday I saw an absolutely thrilling and wildly complex play called Beauty on the Vine. It shed the antiquated idea that beauty is only a frivolous issue important to women and, instead, linked concepts of beauty to biggies like power, politics, love, and death. Oh, and it was written by a guy (swoon.) Zak Berkman, […]

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So What? Is Right

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April 27th, 2007

In her continued effort to get women to get over themselves, Tyra Banks has just launched the So What? Campaign. She encourages ordinary women to post their own “So What?” moments (i.e. So what if they didn’t hire me? So what if my thighs are big? So what if that guy doesn’t want to date […]

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Diet Industry Take Down

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April 10th, 2007

The world’s largest study of weight loss by a group of researchers at the University of California has proven that two-thirds of those who diet gain the weight back. The study confirms that this kind of yo-yo dieting also puts women at risk for a host of scary side effects—like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and—unsurprisingly—eating […]

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Me and Vicky’s Girls

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April 4th, 2007

In case you weren’t sure, the world is officially full of gut-splitting ironies.
I showed up at the Hotel Gansevoort, a fancy schmance hotel in the disgustingly trendy meatpacking district, for an interview and photo shoot with British magazine You. (Yes, you read that right, photo shoot; I was dumbfounded too.) They bought the first […]

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