One of my heroes, who I also get to call ‘friend’ and ‘cousin’, is running a series on her blog around the word BODY. She asked me what I thought of guest-posting and immediately I felt a little weird: I knew this was going to be a tough one as there wasn’t anything to hideContinue reading “BODY: SHARING MY STORY ON WEE FRIZZ”


Dear bride-to-be, Congratulations on your engagement! You worked hard at achieving that slim body and hey presto, result! There’s a ring on your finger (oh, and someone who put it there). It was all worth it, huh? So, what you did was great and you should be proud. But girl, we need to keep going!Continue reading “BRIDE BLOG #6: SIX WEDDING WEIGHT LOSS TIPS (BECAUSE NO ONE LIKES A FAT BRIDE)”

Dying to be thin: Eating Disorder Awareness Week

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week this week. I’ve written about image/identity issues a fair bit on here, but there is nothing more powerful than story, and it’s an honour to be able to share two stories of overcoming eating disorders with you. The first comes from my courageous housemate, Emma, who has been battling anContinue reading “Dying to be thin: Eating Disorder Awareness Week”

5 minutes of violent objectification

“Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person. That step is already and constantly taken with women.” Jean Kilbourne

Confessions of a Retoucher

Photo credit: This week, I tweeted a link to The Photoshop Hall of Shame which caused some interesting discussion amongst my peer group about how important it is that people know images are retouched, how our minds can process them knowing this, how to NOT buy into the media machine that tells us we aren’tContinue reading “Confessions of a Retoucher”

Dear Facebook (and the world), I have lied to you. No big deal?

This blog has been a long time coming. Even as I write this, I’m not sure it’s finished. It comes down to not wanting to be a hypocrite. I’m against airbrushing and the perpetuation of unrealistic ‘beauty’ standards set by an industry who doesn’t value humanity and individuality. So as I share my beliefs onContinue reading “Dear Facebook (and the world), I have lied to you. No big deal?”

Banned: Drop Dead & Oh, Lola!

As I reflect on this past week in the world of campaigning against sexualisation and unhealthy standards in the media, I am so excited about two major victories in the UK. The Advertising Standards Agency banned an ad for clothing company Drop Dead which featured a very underweight-looking model. Marc Jacobs’ perfume ad featuring 17Continue reading “Banned: Drop Dead & Oh, Lola!”

Body Image in the Classroom

I read an article the other day about what parents can do to fight body image issues in young children who have fallen or are vulnerable to falling into the trap of the distortion of what is ‘beautiful’ and ‘normal’. It struck a chord with me. The British Journal of Psychology’s findings are deeply worrying:Continue reading “Body Image in the Classroom”