As a human, woman, and athlete I'm aware of how my body feels, looks, moves, and speaks to me. This combination of information my body provides is one part of the equation that can make me feel beautiful. It's not limited to the physical though.
I wish I could say that I no longer have the urge to check myself as I walk by a mirror. I wish I could say that "perfection" is no longer defined as clear skin and small pores and being blemish-free. I wish I could say that I no longer worry about how I look in public.
My hair is getting old -- but not in the 'I'm graying, dye me now' way. Until recently, I thought color was the only determining factor of aging hair: grey or not grey. Ironically, to me, it was very black and white. A few weeks ago, however, I was corrected and then concerned.
If we focus solely on Mayer's, or any other CEO's, beauty, does that take away from their otherwise commendable accomplishments? Are we simply pointing out what society has long drilled into our mindsets -- that life is easier when you're attractive -- or are we adding the issues of sexism as it affects the perceptions of women in business?
The young and super talented Hungarian singer, Boggie, does not only reveal her new track but also her secret digital make-up in her latest video. It carries a somewhat deep message about how women are nowadays perceived by the public.
Like the ancient Greek poet Sappho, I revere women. Rubenesque. Skinny. Tall. Short. Old. Young. Hourglass. Pear. Every woman. But when I contemplate fashion's cult of perfection and the rise of eating disorders and so-called "fat-shaming," I think beauty standards have become a form of tyranny.
The reality is that American Apparel sticking pubic hair on its mannequins probably won't increase lingerie sales, but will it give them publicity? Get people talking? Of course it will, it already has, as this post proves. People want to talk about this, out of shock, out of amusement, whatever the reason, emotion is evoked.
What the hell happened to my arms when I turned 50? As few as five years ago, I was flaunting a set of tanned biceps that I was fairly proud of. I could still perform the Rose Bowl queen wave without hitting myself in the eye with flappy under arms.
As the year moved from 2013 to 2014, I played one of those silly word games on Facebook. A square made of rows of letters, with instructions to look for words, and a notice that 'the first three words you see, will be yours in 2014.'
Finding your signature fragrance is a journey. I'd like to think there are fragrances for every stage of our lives, and the choices are endless.
I then uncovered the ugly truth about the beauty industry - animals are indeed still being tested on and going through extreme pain and cruelty - all for a new mascara or shampoo! What really angers me is that there's no need - we can undertake tests on reconstructed human skin, like EpiDerm, which is now widely available and produces better, more accurate results.
The music world is a tough one for composers, leaving very few standing at the end. That is just the way it is, as sustained genius doesn't come around all that often. I should also add that sometimes great pieces happen at a very young age.
Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the human body? Maybe not but we all know that the food we eat impacts on our well being, our energy levels, our immune system and so on but not all of us give consideration that what we eat has a huge impact on our facial complexion.
Once I got over the initial shock of hearing a 7-year-old complain that she wasn't pretty enough, I went into a quick, but emphatic, description of what true beauty really means.
Advertisers and public figures hoping to improve girls' and women's self-esteem should spread messages that encourage critical questioning about beauty standards beyond just expanding the social definition of "beautiful."