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resistance: Siera Bearchell on pageants and loving one’s self

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sierabearchell: Before MISS UNIVERSE, I had countless people telling me to lose weight and to work on my “fitness.” I almost felt like an outsider while I listened to people telling me to eat lean protein, only green vegetables and no fruit besides green apples. I was told to work on my legs because they were “too big”, narrow my waist, and get liposuction to make the entire process “easier.” I didn’t find any of this shocking because I heard similar things for years and it was ingrained in my mind to be accepted. BUT for the first time, I was able to hear and see how utterly ridiculous it all was. What was wrong with my body? Why should I change it when I like the way it is? Why am I trying to fit this image of what others have told me is beautiful? Why can’t my body be celebrated just the way it is? I am strong, healthy, fit and I like who I am. Why should I change who I am for the acceptance of what others believe to be beautiful? I was finally able to love myself for who I was and I was not going to go down the dark path of self deprivation and depreciation that I had been down so many times before. •Beauty, happiness and acceptance begins within and that is often the most difficult place to find it. Once we love ourselves for who we are, we can totally transform what it means to be happy. #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse#beautybeyondsize #everybodyisbeatiful

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resistance: real women in H&M video

More info here, and here.

celebrate! Alicia Keys frees herself from make-up

I hope to God it’s a revolution.

‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.

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celebrate: Lea Salonga!

One of the few celebrities who continues to keep her voice — and her balls — no matter the trappings of Pinoy mainstream showbusiness. Always refreshing, always always a welcome display of pop feminism.

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celebrate: Emma Thompson fights against body shaming

So in 2008, Miramax asked actress Haley Atwell to lose weight for a movie she was doing with Emma Thompson, Brideshead Revisited. Thompson would have none of it. Atwell narrates:

“I went round to Emma’s one night and she was getting very angry that I wasn’t eating all the food she was giving me. I told her why and she hit the roof.”

Thompson called Miramax and threatened to resign from the film if the weight-loss requirement was not removed for Atwell.

Miramax had no choice but to concede to Thompson.

Reminds you that sometimes what we all need — in any industry — is a big sister who can take a stand for us.

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Information from here, and here, and here.

truth: women are always more than their looks

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resistance: do not miss the power that is in Jessy Mendiola’s statements

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