Beauty Standards

Beauty Ads With A Brutally Honest Message

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Style

It's a message that has been ingrained in the heads of women around North America: you don't look good enough. Yet. But a fearless new campaign is ...

Heroines of Literature and Film, You Don't Have to Be Pretty!

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

From Katniss Everdeen, to Bella Swan, to Hermione Granger, to Mia Thermopolis, it seems like just about every heroine needs some convincing to realize how beautiful they are. Because, of course, they are beautiful -- though often the character requires a makeover before she herself and the world around her (except, of course, for that One Special Boy Who Always Knew) realize her true beauty. The message that we get over and over is that beauty, even hidden beauty, is somehow part and parcel of being an exceptional, successful young woman.

Don't Fat Shame, Don't Thin Shame, All Bodies Are Good Bodies

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

When it comes to their appearance, women can never, ever, ever win. They're always too old, or too fat, or too thin, or too tall, or too short or some combination of the above. It doesn't matter if we're talking about now, or 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, the story is always the same: women can never win.

The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Business

Kim Smiley | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

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.

Deskside Beauty Staples That Will Keep You Looking Good From 9-To-5

Canadian Beauty | Cheryl Kozoriz | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Style

We recently downsized our handbags to a clutch (we're so on-trend!) and accordingly had to streamline our portable essentials. Suddenly, putting...