- Students use alternative art materials for one-night-only exhibition June 18
- Digital Media wins national prize for TEDxBirmingham video
- Trip to New York brings national attention to Birmingham renaissance
- Clothes that work for new grads hitting the market
- Hagel emphasizes leadership to Naval Academy graduates
- Birmingham Chosen To Host 2015 C-USA Basketball Championships
- On The Money: How new graduates can take on the job market
- Canvas unrolled for new school year
- Tornadoes Leave Trail of Devastation (Photos)
- Campus closes early Tuesday due to severe thunderstorm
- Alabama does a double take: ‘Urinetown: the Musical’ hits home twice
- A+ Performance by Legend
- UAB Women’s Softball defeat Charlotte 49ers (8-0)
- A Fun and Fluffy Study Break In Lister Hill
- UAB Earth Month Festival
Breaking the Cycle of Negative Body Image
Short. Tall. Fat. Skinny. This long-running topic of body image and the fashion industry has become increasingly exhausting for me. Will the comparisons and criticisms ever end? Probably not. Ancient Greeks and Romans were fixated on this idea of perfection, so it should not come as a surprise that we, in the 21st century, continue to obsess over it as well. What can change, however, is the way we choose to view ourselves and whether or not we will continue to feed ourselves (no pun intended) with constant negativity.
I feel like there is a nasty cycle in place that we need to break ourselves from. Comparing, self-bashing, crash-dieting, binging, repeating. What does all of this accomplish? What is this teaching the younger girls who are looking up to us? If we as women continue to criticize every pudge, roll, and dimple on our bodies, how can we truly expect the fashion industry, mainstream media, or the views of our impressionable youth to change? We all have to make the conscious decision to either accept our bodies or create a HEALTHY plan to live a better lifestyle. Wallowing somewhere in the middle doesn’t benefit any of us.
As a proud size 14, I thought that I would dedicate this post to all of you who don’t exactly fit into that “size 2″ category either. Below are a few of my favorite pieces that I have picked out, many of which come in plus sizes. There are links that send you straight to the online store as well. Enjoy!