Beauty Standards

Society Sees Me Differently When I Straighten My Hair | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Style

For the six months that I wore my hair curly, I felt confident. I felt like I had been a one-girl revolution who walked with purpose, making a statement with every step. But when I wore my hair straight, I felt safe. What's the difference?

Here's What The Ideal Man Looks Like In 19 Different Countries

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Style

Proving perceptions of beauty around the world do, indeed, vary.

Fashion's 'In-Betweeners' Deserve Some Recognition, Too

The Huffington Post Canada | Amanda Montgomery | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Style

They are the women who wear around sizes 10 through 16 who feel pressured to fit into either end of the spectrum, but are trying to find their own place in the industry.

Curvy Women From Around The World To Follow On Instagram

The Huffington Post Canada | Amanda Montgomery | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Style

These women are redefining each of their country's beauty standards.

This Powerful Vid Shows What 100 Years Of Beauty Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Style

It's time for a realistic view into "100 years" of beauty.

Let's Stop Body Shaming Skinny Girls

Heather Magee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Magee

I have a beautiful network of girlfriends, each unique in her shape, size and sex appeal. Some of them are naturally thin. Some of them are incredibly fit. Some of them even struggle to put weight on. Does that mean they deserve a little public jeering because they don't struggle to maintain a certain dress size?

This Topshop Mannequin Is Making People Angry

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Style

"I'm calling you out Topshop, on your lack of concern for a generation of extremely body conscious youth."

Teen With Rare Condition Challenges Beauty Standards

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Style

Such an inspiring and beautiful young woman!

Sudanese Model Is Tired Of Apologizing For Her 'Blackness'

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Style

"It's time you people get your sh*t right when it comes to our complexion!"

Meet The Aspiring Model Looking To Redefine Beauty Standards

The Huffington Post Canada | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Style

Madeline Stuart won't let Down syndrome define her.

WATCH: Women's Makeup Through History

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Style

Makeup has come a long way through the years -- and we're not just talking about formulas. Makeup looks and beauty standards have greatly changed ...

This Thigh Gap Commercial Is Genius

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Style

No thigh gap? No problem! Now the most sought-after trend is coming to a store near you! In a genius ad made by comedy group JustBoobs, the ridic...

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 toget...