Model Calls out Huda Beauty for Using Her Face to Talk About Removing Acne Scars

And that includes giving off the illusion that your skin is flawless and blemish-free.

Although we know that a ton of work goes into the Instagram posts that we lowkey adore and are jealous of, feeling self-conscious is super easy. Especially when there are certain things about your body that you can’t change. Which is why there are so many accounts out there that are trying to make people feel a bit more positive about their bodies, like Em Ford’s MyPaleSkinBlog.

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Instagram has become a huge hub for all sorts of wellness and personal betterment products, and when you’re on a platform that’s flooded with selfies and examples of personal beauty, it only makes sense that tons of beauticians and makeup artists blew up as a result of Instagram’s surge in popularity.

Like Huda Beauty, which was started by ace cosmetics blogger, Huda Kattan.

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If you want a sick contour, eyeshadow, or any other super-glam look, Huda’s your girl. I mean I’m a North-Jersey bro whose entire aesthetic can be summed up as “What would Costco look like if it was turned into a human being,” but even I have a solid appreciation for the magic Huda and other beauty bloggers create with a palette and some brushes.

And while seeing super jacked/lean dudes makes me feel self-conscious about my dad-bod, that doesn’t mean I’m being “shamed” simply because someone else is existing. If it bothers me that much, I should just get in the best possible shape I can get in to feel good about myself. Nobody’s out there body-shaming me and posting pictures of my flab online saying, “Ewww look at this dude.”

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So I can understand model Em Ford’s shock when a post on the Huda Beauty Facebook page on how to get rid of acne scars featured her face, with the following headline:

“The Only Way To Get Rid Of Acne Scars According To The Experts”

Em was offended on two levels. The first being that Huda’s site used her images without her permission.

The second was that the image she posted was specifically for skin positivity, so that those who suffered from acne could feel better about themselves. So for it to be turned around and used in a piece on how to cover up acne scars — that really rubbed Em the wrong way.

In her Instagram stories, Em shared her disappointment at Huda’s decision to use her face as part of an “anti-acne” campaign.

Dear @hudabeauty, I wanted to thank you for using my #skinpositivity images to tell the world that my face full of scars is worse than active breakouts. 

And for reinforcing the narrative that anything less than “flawless” is something that we should feel ashamed of, or want to fix and “get rid of.”

Headlines like that are the reason why I receive thousands of emails on a daily and weekly basis from women all over the world. 

Some of whom are made to feel so ashamed of their skin, it affects every aspect of their lives. And couldn’t even dream of enjoying themselves on holiday without applying a full coverage foundation. 

Since 2015, I have used my platforms and voice to talk about hate online, and why perpetuating beauty standards has very real, and very serious consequences.”

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Ford’s message resonated with users online, many of who suffered from acne scars, or struggled to meet “society’s” beauty standards.

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Others pointed out that the Huda Beauty article sends a confusing message — especially when compared to other articles that supported the use of cosmetic fillers and encouraging women to grow out their body hair if they want.

Which was flabbergasting and hurtful to some Twitter users who took years to become comfortable with their own acne scars.

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The post has since been taken down from Huda’s Facebook page, and Em has followed up by saying that Huda contacted her with a full apology.

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This Runway Model Brought Her 2-Year-Old On Stage And It's Too Adorable

Usually when you think of the world of high fashion, you picture glamorous photo shoots. Riding around in little convertible Italian roadsters on a picturesque, winding highway near some blue coast.

You think of statuesque legs in all sorts of uncomfortable shoes trampling down a runway. You think of ridiculous outfits. You think of impossibly beautiful, impossibly thin, and impossibly good-looking, young women making designs seem glamorous and desirable.

What you probably don’t think about is toddlers. But Canadian model Coco Rocha, might just change your mind about that. She recently took to the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier with her two-year-old daughter, Ioni, in tow. 

Did I mention they were rocking matching outfits? Because they’re totally rocking matching outfits. I know, it’s ridiculously adorable.

The best part is that Ioni not only posed with her mother, but showed off some of her own moves, as well.

The kid was a natural. Thankfully, someone caught the whole thing on camera.

For being just two years old, this little kid is pretty impressive, following visual cues and keeping up pace with her mom.

People were eating the adorableness up.

While others thought that their hairstyles were roast-worthy, which, they totally were.

Even off the runway, the two nailed their poses.

Fellow industry pros had to give it up to Rocha, too.

It was basically the most glamorous take your daughter to work day ever.

And after looking at these shots, it’s hard to argue, it isn’t?

At the end of the it all, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier embraced the youngest model to ever showcase his designs.

The whole thing was just too cute.

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Model Shares Terrible Story Of Her Assault To Challenge How We Raise Girls

Australian model Jessica Leahy is encouraging parents to change how they socialize young girls and boys so that both can grow up in a safer society. Part of that means sharing her own stories of harassment, some of which are extremely harrowing.

Leahy has been harassed a lot in her life, and not just because she’s gorgeous. Women everywhere can harassed by men. She wrote about her experiences for Whimm, explaining what she thinks needs to change if life for women is going to change.

Leahy’s experience is sadly way too common:

Leahy wants parents to stop teaching girls to be”good” or quiet, especially when they’re the targets of harassment or abuse. She writes, “From birth, we are told not to be rude, or bossy, or difficult and above all, not to be a bitch. And it’s this obsession with ‘being nice’ that is getting good girls into bad trouble.”

But it’s not just on girls to change and get less “nice.” Leahy writes that for women, it’s a constant struggle to decide which battles to fight. It can be exhausting calling out and confronting every instance of sexual harassment and sexism you encounter everyday. 

She asks that men start stepping in when they see a woman being harassed. She asks that when men are along together that they call out “locker room talk.” She says what we need are “decent guys raised to be equally invested in making bacon out of chauvinist pigs.” 

Give the ladies a break and pick up some of the slack, fellas. Or at the very least, keep your hands to yourself.

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This Woman Is Hilariously Recreating Instagram Model Bikini Pics This Summer

Celeste Barber is a comedian who has made a name for herself simply by recreating all the famous Instagram pics that models, actresses, and musicians are always posting showing off their fabulous life and fit bods. With just a one pic, Barber deflates all their pretensions:

Though she’s been virally famous for a while, it is worth checking in with Barber on a seasonal basis. She keeps up with what’s trendy on Insta, and since right now is bathing suit season, she’s letting it all hang out. Nothing like seeing a million pool and boat posts spoofed over and over and over again to make you realize that Instagram models are kind of in a rut:

And here are a bunch of her latest non-bikini recreations, just for fun:

That’s the celebration of summer I want to see! Though did she go too far with this spoof of Beyoncé’s holy twins?

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This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.


According to this I’m roughly the height of a redwood

I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.

Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.  

The fixation has led to a $ 62 Billion supplement industry and $ 58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

(h/t elitedaily)

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The Playboy Model Who Body Shamed A Woman At The Gym Has Been Fired

Yesterday Playboy model Dani Mathers sparked outrage after it emerged that she had body shamed a naked woman using the showers at her gym in a Snapchat story. Mathers was quick to delete the photos when the internet didn’t agree with her snide remarks.

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Mathers later attempted to apologize, saying that she had only meant to send the snap to a friend. But the internet wasn’t having it, and Mathers ended up deleting pretty much every social media account she owned. 

And it’s now emerged that she’ll face more than just online ramifications. Heidi and Frank, a radio show which had been a regular gig for the playmate for years, told TMZ that they’re suspending Mathers indefinitely in light of the revelations. 

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And in a statement Mathers’ gym of choice, LA Fitness, said they were banning the model from all of their locations. A spokesman told TMZ that Mathers had violated their privacy policy and she “is not permitted back at any club, ever.”

The spokesman said that “her behavior is appalling and puts every member’s privacy at risk. We have handled this internally and also notified the police.” The gym added that cell phone usage and photography are prohibited in locker rooms, “this is not only our rule it is just common decency.”

Unsurprisingly, people were pretty happy with the news.

Good work, internet!  

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