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Gallery of Winners: A New Line of Proactiv Women.

Questions to Consider:   * What is this ad selling? * What does it mean to not be a pushover? * What does “proactive” mean? * How does this ad make you feel? What We Think: Proactiv’s new campaign has a series of ads with different female celebrities and captions like “I’m no pushover. I’m… Continue Reading →

Gallery of Winners: Inner Beauty Is Priceless.

Questions to Consider:   * What defines beauty in America? * Does exposing your body make you more or less beautiful? * What do you notice that different cultures value in terms of beauty? What We Think: The media loves to pick on Jessica Simpson, but there’s much more to the singer than her sometimes-goofy… Continue Reading →

Gallery of Winners: Glamour goes above and beyond.

Questions to Consider: * How do women’s magazines typically make you feel? * In what ways does the article from Glamour differ from images in other magazines? * What kind of products do women’s magazines try to sell you? * What do you notice about the different messages of magazine articles and magazine advertising? What… Continue Reading →

Proenza Schouler and “Top Model” get waist-ed

Flat abs, lean legs, perky breasts: these fashion industry staples have been mandated so long, you can pretty much expect to find them on any straight-size model. But what’s the newest must-have on the runways? A teeny-tiny, impossibly thin waist. Obviously, this trend isn’t a new one (ever heard of a corset?), but recent media… Continue Reading →

Girl Scouts aim to change the face of fashion

They’ve been around for nearly a century, count 3.3 million members worldwide, and are considered a preeminent leadership development organization. In case the only thing you know about the Girl Scouts is their unwavering dedication to supplying America with Thin Mints, it’s time to learn more. With the help of four Wilhelmina Curve models (the… Continue Reading →

Why I have decided that high heels are evil

Check out this great article by Lisa Hix on the Collectors Weekly web site, Our Bodies, Our Stilettos. Did you know that “initially, high-heeled shoes helped keep women, who were seen as irrational and frivolous, powerless”? Thank you for this wonderful historical context. Personally, I can’t deal with high heels, let alone stilettos, because 1…. Continue Reading →