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Lingerie Store Under Fire for Mannequins So Skinny Their Ribs Poke Out

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A creation by La Perla is displayed on April 13, 2013 in Milan, Italy. Vittorio Zunino Celotto—Getty Images

The lingerie store has removed the too-skinny mannequins and apologized

The high-end lingerie store La Perla has removed mannequins from its SoHo-neighborhood boutique in New York City, following complaints that the dummies were too skinny. While skinny models are the norm in most stores, customers complained that La Perla’s mannequins looked unhealthily thin.

The outcry began Monday when passersby Michael Rodoy took to Twitter to complain about the emaciated figures, whose ribs were clearly visible. Other customers reportedly complained to the store about the figures, too.

The picture began to circulate around the Internet, prompting La Perla to remove the models and issue a statement:

The mannequin photographed has been removed from the store and will not be used again by any La Perla boutique.

La Perla isn’t the first store to get flak for anorexic-looking mannequins. In 2011, customers criticized Gap for using impossibly thin mannequins in its “always skinny” jeans display. In fact, most mannequins in the U.S. are still between a svelte size 2 and a still-small size 6, and often if you peak behind the figures, you’ll find clips pulling the clothes so that they are more form-fitting. As my TIME colleague Laura Stampler has pointed out, many mannequins are six inches taller and six sizes smaller than the average woman. “Clothes look better on tall, thin, abnormal bodies,” Bloomingdale’s visual director Roya Sullivan told the Chicago Tribune.

Such thinspiration-gone-wrong incidents have inspired some stores to display more voluptuous figures to model their clothes. Swedish chain Ahlens has been using full-figured mannequins for years. British department store Debenhams began displaying size-16 mannequins last year. And a trend of mannequins with enhanced breasts and buttocks is sweeping Venezuela. Managers at these department stores have said they hope the more realistically shaped women will help customers feel comfortable in their own bodies and also get a more realistic sense of what the clothes will look like when they try them on.

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Science Shows Men Like Women With Less Makeup

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People find women more attractive with less makeup

Women should probably cool it with the eyeliner.

New research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology found that people’s perceptions of what men and women find attractive are off. And even though many women decide to wear makeup to make themselves “more” attractive, they may be overdoing it.

Researchers at Bangor University and Aberdeen University gave 44 women different types of foundation, lipstick, blush and mascara and then told them to put on makeup like they were going on a night out. The women were photographed before and after they put on any makeup. The researchers then altered the photographs so they had a range of 21 images of the women wearing various amounts of makeup.

The images were then shown to 44 Bangor University students, who were told to pick the photo that they thought was the most attractive, the photo they thought women would prefer and the photo men would prefer.

The image below is an example of the before and after makeup images.

Courtesy of Alex Lee Jones

The image below is an example of the series of images from less to more makeup.

Courtesy of Alex Lee Jones

Interestingly, the women liked images of the models wearing a bit more makeup than the men did. All of the participants assumed men would like the models with more makeup on than the women would, but that turned out to be untrue. Men and women both preferred the images of the models wearing 40% less makeup than they initially put on.

The researchers conclude that women are putting on makeup for a perceived standard of beauty that may not actually exist. “Taken together, these results suggest that women are likely wearing cosmetics to appeal to the mistaken preferences of others. These mistaken preferences seem more tied to the perceived expectancies of men, and, to a lesser degree, of women,” the authors wrote.

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Prince George Gets a New Look

Prince George in the original picture and the Us Weekly cover From left to right: Chris Jackson/Pool—Reuters; US Weekly

Even the royal baby is not immune to tabloid touchups

Is nobody safe? US Weekly has been accused of photoshopping 9-month-old Prince George, son of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, for their cover this week.

As you can see in the picture, his skin looks tanner (with rosier cheeks), his eyes seem enhanced and his hair color darker. All unnecessary changes in our opinion. He’s pretty darn cute as is.

Us Weekly denied photoshopping the little prince. In a statement to TIME, a spokesperson at US Weekly said, “The original image used for the Prince George cover was dark and bluish in tone and needed to be given an overall color shift for printing purposes. By no means did we go in and alter the color of his eyes or cheeks in this process.”

Prince George’s color shift comes on the heels of a series of photoshopping controversies surrounding other (usually female) celebrities, including Lorde, Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling. But these are all adult (or at least teenage women), not babies.

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Gross ‘Cinderella Surgery’ Can Make Your Shoe-Dreams Come True

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Disney Princess Cinderella poses Oct. 17, 2012 in front of a 25-foot-tall ice castle sculpture in Times Square in New York City. ( David Roark/Disney Parks via Getty Images) Handout—Getty Images

Some affluent women in the U.S. are having the size of their feet altered, just to fit perfectly into designer shoes, with the so-called “Cinderella surgery” that can lengthen or shorten toes, remove bunions and even inject fat into soles

It’s like something out of a fairy tale: a New York princess can’t fit into her Louboutuins, so she calls her fairy godmother plastic surgeon and he snips little pieces off her feet until her shoes fit like magic! And then she and her shoes live happily ever after.

As much as this might sound like a plot point in some horror-themed installment of Sex and the City, elective foot surgery is actually a thing that more than a few women are choosing to do. You can get your toes shortened or lengthened, your bunions removed, and even get fat injected into the bottoms of your feet so you have a permanent Dr. Scholls made of flesh, according to the New York Times‘s report on the surgery-for-shoes phenomenon.

Apparently women get surgery to correct “high heel foot” (when your foot is stuck in the shape of a high heel) or “hitchhikers toe,” (when your big toe sticks out.) Some doctors have even gotten requests for toe liposuction, which they’ve denied. Dr. Oliver Zong, who founded NYC Footcare and coined the term “toebesity,” once had a woman ask him to remove her pinkie toe (he didn’t do it.)

“Cinderella surgery” is just the latest in a long line of gross things women do to fit into clothes. Some women elect to have botox injected into their calves to slim them down for certain boots and skinnyjeans (although the process is dangerous, because of the major arteries in the legs). People get butt implants to channel Beyonce and J.Lo. Even guys are getting beard implants so they can participate in the lumberjack fad.

Let’s just take second to remember that in the original Grimm’s fairy tale, the evil stepsisters cut off their heels and toes to try to fit into the glass slipper. Then they got their eyes pecked out by pigeons for being shallow. Just saying.

[NYT]

 

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Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o are on the Covers of TIME and People and It Is a Big Deal

Having two black women— representing different types of black beauty— on two storied covers is something to celebrate

On Thursday, the hashtag #WhatIsPretty trended on Twitter, inspiring men and women across the globe to share photos of what they consider beautiful. And on Thursday, the covers of two of the world’s largest magazines, TIME and People had a resounding answer: black women.

People named the Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o “The World’s Most Beautiful Person of 2014.” And the ever-flawless Beyoncé graces the cover of TIME magazine’s issue about the world’s most influential people. (Both magazines are published by Time Inc.)

Two black women from different ends of the spectrum of beauty—one with deep brown skin a short natural ‘do, the other with flowing blonde tresses and skin like creamy caramel—were chosen to represent the most beautiful and most influential women in the world. That’s something to celebrate.

Photograph by Paola Kudacki for TIME

It would be easy to dismiss the covers as revering of the fickle world of celebrity or to brush the two off as “it girls” who will dominate headlines for a year or so and fade to the background when another, more hot woman catches the interest of Hollywood.

It’s much harder to ignore the importance of this moment for little brown and black girls who will see these covers on supermarket shelves and think for a second, “hey, she looks just like me.”

There are countless documentaries, news stories, think pieces, tweets, and soapbox moments that show black women still have a ways to go until their “black” is seen as beautiful by all. The recent documentary film “Dark Girls” dug deeply into the everyday struggles with acceptance and beauty facing brown skin women in America. African American girls have with their personal and society’s perceptions of their beauty. Lupita has described herself as “night shade” and was even quoted in People saying she considered “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair” beautiful as a young girl. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”

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And earlier in April, the U.S. Army issued new grooming rules that reminded African American women that the hairstyles we choose are still described using words like “unkempt” and “unruly.”(And when those words don’t’ fit, we’re often questioned about whether or not the hair on our heads grows from our scalps or was bought in a store.)

Unfortunately, these moments are still too common and are representative of the deep-rooted racism our society is still struggling to overcome. In no way are two magazine covers going to change that, but you know what? Beyoncé championed her self-titled album as a message on finding the beauty in imperfection and that’s what we should do here. Recognize the beauty of all women despite the imperfect standards placed upon them.

For this not-so-little brown girl, who once questioned why her naturally curly coils didn’t fall straight; who once asked her mom why there weren’t a lot of little brown girls in TV commercials, knowing a generation of girls will grow up seeing women breaking the mold of what is traditionally seen as beautiful thrust in the face of society makes me feel good. And it should make you feel good, too.

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Beyoncé Exclusive: Watch the Official Video for “Pretty Hurts”

The TIME 100 cover subject makes an epic statement on the nature of beauty

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Beyoncé graces the cover of this year’s TIME 100 issue and she’s made TIME.com the first official outlet to show her “Pretty Hurts” video. The latest clip from her fifth, self-titled studio album strives to explore the definition of pretty. Starting today, Beyoncé asks you to join the conversation. How do you define pretty? Upload a photo or video to Instagram tagged #WhatIsPretty that captures what the word means to you. Visit WhatIsPretty.com for additional details.

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This Hilarious Dove ‘Real Beauty’ Ad Parody Will Change How You Look in the Mirror

You're beautiful the way you are. Really. Seriously, though.

If you’ve ever seen a Dove ‘Real Beauty‘ ad, or even just looked in a mirror, you must watch this amazing parody by Above Average Productions, a comedy network that’s associated with Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels.

It ends with the kicker, “You fell for our weird psychology experiment, and it showed you you’re not actually a hideous monster. So where’s our Nobel Peace Prize or whatever?”

You’re welcome. Now go about your day, you hideous gorilla.

[h/t AdAge]

 

 

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This is the Weird Thing Women Are Doing to Their Eyebrows

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Cropped studio shot of beautiful young woman with eyes closed Cultura/Leland Bobbe—Getty Images/Collection Mix: Subjects RM

It's time to put those tweezers down

We’re officially obsessed with hair. But instead of talking about ways of getting rid of hair—don’t pretend you didn’t read about society reaching “Peak Beard or debate the politics of the full-bush Brazilian—we’ve started to talk about adding follicles to our faces.Women are now paying for eyebrow transplants to refresh foreheads that previously resembled plucked chickens, in the hopes of channelling their inner Brooke Shields and sporting bigger, fuller brows. And they don’t trust an eyebrow pencil to do the trick.

Harper’s Bazaar spoke to Dr. Robert Dorin, a NYC Hair Restoration Specialist (because yes, this is 2014 and that is a real thing), about the “technically-demanding procedure.” While Dorin says he has been performing the procedure for 12 years, he’s noticed an uptick in demand recently. He says the permanent procedure, which is meant to jumpstart growth and can take up to 10-12 months for a full renewal, is often requested by women who have over-groomed, along with a number of other reasons.

The rise of the full brow, which has been dubbed the “Power Brow” by news outlets like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, is no shock. In fact, let’s just call it the Cara Delevingne effect. The British model of the moment is everywhere, alongside fellow bushy-browed beauties like Lily Collins and Kate Upton. Even Michelle Obama was spotted with fuller follicles earlier this year. Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga may have gone full bleach recently, but both pop stars often pose with dark brows in contrast to their platinum locks. In 2012, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein told the New York Post that women are paying up to $8,000 for “the Megan,” an eyebrow style inspired by starlet Megan Fox, so it’s fair to say that this trend has been on the make for quite awhile.

Every few years, the fashion and beauty industries announce an eyebrow revolution after several years of overplucking. Just think of the 1990s, which were full of sex symbols like Gwen Stefani and Pamela Anderson, who tweezed their brows into oblivion. So it’s plausible to think that in a year or two, we’ll be back to Drew Barrymore levels. Either way, we’ll be talking about it. Because if eyes are the windows to our souls, eyebrows are the very important curtains.

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Human Ken and Human Barbie: Destroying Our Girlhood Dreams One Interview at a Time

Justin Jedlica who lives in New York is a real life "Ken" from the other half of Barbie and Ken.
Justin Jedlica who lives in New York is a real life "Ken" from the other half of Barbie and Ken. Jae Donnelly—The Sun/NI Syndication/Redux

The 9-year-old Barbie obsessive in me just died a little.

Justin Jedlica, the so-called Human Ken doll who reportedly spent $150,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like Barbie’s plastic beau, is once again making it clear that he is no fan of Valeria Lukyanova, often referred to as “Human Barbie” because of her obsession with making herself look like the famous doll. In an interview with GQ, which recently ran a detailed (and weird) profile on the Ukrainian model, Human Ken recalls the moment he met Human Barbie.

And unfortunately for the inner Barbie-girl in us all, the two did not ride off in a hot pink convertible into the burnt orange Malibu sunset, giggling and canoodling while planning to purchase a three-story townhouse replete with photos of the two in silicone harmony. No, Human Ken was not impressed.

Though he calls Valeria a “cute girl,” he compares her to a drag queen and wonders why people care about her. (Author’s note: I’m trying to figure out why any of us care about either of them).

“I don’t really get her,” Jedlica told GQ. “I don’t get why people think she’s so interesting. She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She’s an illusionist.”

Jedlica then went into detail about his plans for creating an “artistic muscle-augmentation-implant line” for all the little boys and girls out there who too dream of one day looking just as plastic. But hopefully, for the sake of humanity, those are few and far between.

 

 

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Is the ‘Human Barbie’ Sexy? A GQ Writer On Meeting the Real-Life Doll

'Real-Life Barbie Doll' or Photoshop Hoax?
Photo showing Valeria Lukyanova. The image is most likely manipulated. Whitehotpix/ZumaPress

GQ's Michael Idov's sensitive profile reveals his surprising reaction to the young woman who looks like she stepped out of a graphic novel

The world has had a bit of a morbid fascination with the so-called Human Barbie doll Valeria Lukyanova since Youtube videos detailing her transformation went viral in 2012. And when the twenty-something Ukrainian model, a spitting image of the ageless, inhumanly proportioned fashion doll, began speaking to U.S. publications about her looks (and denying they were achieved through plastic surgery) we listened, albeit often in disgust.

And we’re still listening, thanks to a recent GQ article that tells Lukyanova’s story and reveals her contradictory beliefs about marriage, beauty and race. In the piece she sounds empowered, racist and just plain strange all at once. But perhaps the most fascinating part of the profile is the revealing way the author of the piece, GQ’s Michael Idov, describes his reaction to meeting “Barbie” in person. Here is “ideal” beauty come to fruition, and according Idov, it’s both transfixing and disturbing.

“Evolution has taught us to think of big eyes as beautiful—it’s a so-called neotenous feature, implying youth—but tweak that delicate scale just a little and you’ve got a wraith, or an insect. A living Barbie is automatically an Uncanny Valley Girl. Her beauty, though I hesitate to use the term, is pitched at the exact precipice where the male gaze curdles in on itself. Her features are the features we men playfully ascribe to ideal women; it’s how we draw them in manga and comics and video games. Except we don’t expect them to comply with this oppressive fantasy so fully. As a result, she almost throws our idea of a supervixen back in our face.”

Idov,who is the editor of GQ Russia, has quite eloquently laid out what feminists have been trying to make clear forever: a slender, doe-eyed, big-chested vixen—the “golden mean,” as Valeria so eloquently puts it— is actually pretty terrifying in real life. This doesn’t mean that women from Valeria’s home base of Odessa, Ukraine to Los Angeles will stop striving for an impossible standard of beauty, but it’s perhaps a reality check on what men really find attractive.

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