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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