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Adele & The Female Body Politic

Sporting a yellow corseted dress, voluminous blonde hair and her signature cat-eye, Adele recently reappeared in the public eye after a 5-year hiatus as the cover star of British Vogue’s November issue. The issue comprises an article detailing her first interview since 2016, in which she speaks to Giles Hattersley ahead of the release of […]

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The Female Image

A consideration of Emily Ratajkowski’s essay for Harper’s Bazaar… Model, actor and activist, Emily Ratajkowski is no stranger to the discussion of feminism and body positivity, despite receiving controversial opinions. In her 2019 essay for Harper Bazaar, Ratajkowski writes a personal account of her experience of being a woman in an ever-changing society that fears […]

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Cameras on? ‘Zoom face’ and digital dysmorphia

Social media and the online world in general have long been harbingers of body insecurity, especially for young women. From the unattainable standards of Instagram models and teen TikTok stars to Snapchat filters that alter your entire facial bone structure, we are all striving towards looking more and more like digitally retouched versions of ourselves, […]

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One-size-fits-all: except wait, it doesn’t

I vividly remember buying my uniform for sixth form college; the dress code was “business-like” (cue the eye roll) and so I found myself in H&M’s suit section, aged 16, hunting for the perfect pieces. I eventually bought three suits, all the same size, and that was that. Except it wasn’t. I’d only tried on […]

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Mossman-Pacey paradox: pursuit of perfection impacting male fertility

Concerns about the pressures faced by women and girls are frequently documented in the media, and surveys do seem to indicate that women have more negative feelings about their body than men. However, male body image is a pertinent issue as well. Magazines such as Men’s Health carry regular features on how to “build big […]

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Should we feel guilty about our body-related resolutions?

As we come into the new year, the time of New Year’s Resolutions comes around. While in some cases these can be very helpful, and allow you to break a bad habit or start up a new activity, often resolutions focus on changing the way we look, usually through dieting of some kind. Resolutions such […]

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Is Getty doing enough to combat photoshopped images?

Getty Images, one of the world’s principal suppliers of stock photography, has announced in the last week that it will no longer be accepting any pictures that have been edited or photoshopped to change the shape of a female model’s body. In a statement published on their website and released via email to their contributors, […]