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Perceptions of Perfection – What the Ideal Body Looks Like in Dfferent Countries

August 19, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


UK online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctors recently launched a project called “Perceptions Of Perfection” that includes 18 photoshopped images of the same woman – the company asked designers from different countries around the world to edit a stock image via Shutterstock in order to represent the beauty standards of their country. Here’s what they said about their project:

“Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact on both women and men,” a Superdrug press release reads. “The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world.”

Here are the first 2 examples – hourglassy USA and Victoria’s Secret model-thin Italy.



What do you guys think? Do these images represent your countries? If not, why so?

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Romola Garai: “There are so many actresses who are happy to be on a diet for the rest of their lives”

August 18, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


On how women are viewed in Hollywood:

“I work in an industry where it is still acceptable to humiliate women. You are expected to wear certain clothes because they are selling a show on the way you look. If you have been waiting tables for two years and somebody gives you a job on a massive TV show and they say ‘we want you to get your t-ts out,’ you’re going to f—ing do it. Then you have to wait to be powerful enough to say ‘no,’ but then you have to be a producer. As long as films are being made by five guys who know that ‘if she gets her knockers out’ this film will make $10 million more, then it’s not going to change.”

On dieting among celebs:

“There are so many actresses who are happy to be on a diet for the rest of their lives. For me the weight thing is a metaphor for control. Making women feel weak because they’re so insecure so they won’t disagree with the director or studio. Women feel afraid they’re going to lose their careers, afraid of being fat or aging. If you can’t get into the dresses, it is a really big deal. I just want to be employed by people who love me as I am.”

… says 33 year-old English actress Romola.

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Mayim Bialik: “The norm has become a seamless, fat-free, streamlined body”

August 15, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Celebrity Quotes by Versus


On Hollywood’s requirements to look perfect:

In my Blossom years, there was far less emphasis on perfection. The ideal body in the 80s and 90s was a Playboy bunny: skinny, with large fake breasts and no curves (except for the large fake breasts). Blonde was in, big lips and big puppy dog eyes were in and tons of lip gloss and mascara. No one wore SPANX or any such corset. Certainly not men! You wore clothes that flattered your body, but the idea that there should be no “bumps” to your physique did not exist.

Fast forward to this incarnation of my career. In the 21st century, both men and women routinely wear SPANX. Many actresses I know even wear SPANX when out and about running errands in jeans and a T-shirt. Many non-actresses I know have started to do the same. The norm has become a seamless, fat-free, streamlined body. Like we are made of plastic… like we are mannequins, really. That’s the look.

… says Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik.


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17 Year-Old Ariel Winter Had a Breast Reduction Surgery

August 13, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


On opting for breast reduction surgery:

“I went to a swimsuit store with my cousin a few months ago and couldn’t find a bathing suit that fit me. I really felt bad about myself. I didn’t feel happy. I just kept saying, ‘What am I going to wear? There’s nothing for me to wear at the beach, at the pool.’ I can’t go to a party with my friends and wear the same thing as them. I have to be completely covered up; otherwise I’ll look a certain way that I’m not intending to look.”

On going from an F cup to a D:

“I didn’t want to not tell anybody and then have another million stories [say], ‘What happened to Ariel? She looks so different.’ And I also think there’s some good that can come from [telling] my story. It’s something that I did to better my life and better my health, and I think that can benefit a lot of young girls. I have felt happier with myself than I ever have. I am living a dream that a lot of girls my age would love to be living, and I’m aware of that. I’m really grateful that I’m able to do that and have a voice that I’m able to speak to teenagers. I don’t want to do anything to mess that up.”

On how difficult it is to find flattering clothes as a very busty girl:

‘I’d have to wear the dress that was super tight and form-fitted everywhere because if I didn’t, it didn’t look good. I didn’t really have an option other than to wear fitted clothes. Everyone would [say], ‘Why is she dressing so mature? That’s so inappropriate for her age! It’s hard when you’re a teenage girl and you already have a lot of ridicule and then you pile on more, and it’s kind of…it just gets too much. ‘They had to hide it on Modern Family a lot. Big sweaters, [or] strapping me down—which is fine – I understand that it doesn’t fit the character they have in mind. I understand that. But it was difficult to do that every day. I really couldn’t stand up straight for a long period of time. It started to hurt so bad that I couldn’t take the pain. My neck was hurting so bad and I actually had some problems with my spine.’

… says 17 year-old Ariel in Glamour.



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Chelsea Handler in Lingerie Brings Today’s Quote

August 3, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Celebrity Quotes by Versus


On the fact that some people are highly critical:

‘You know, I had a boyfriend who told me my boobs were too big and that I was fat. And then, I looked in the mirror.’

… says 40 year-old Chelsea.

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