Women are tough critics when it comes to body image. Whether we're judging ourselves or the woman next to us, we all know how rough it feels to be on the receiving end. A few of our favorite celebrity ladies reveal their own body-image hurdles and remind us that no one is perfect.
Sarah Jessica Parker
"[Aging] is a real crucible because you feel daunted by your peers who somehow get younger and younger. People older than me have fewer lines than I do. And no, you're not supposed to talk about it; you're supposed to admire the fact that they look 22 even though they're 58."
Supermodels Without Makeup
"Having a baby takes so much from you. It's the most glorious thing you'll ever do, but the aftermath is not so glorious! So now I'm having to exercise, eat a little bit differently, take a lot more vitamins. [I do binge,] I like Doritos. I'm usually watching The Biggest Loser eating Doritos."
"I was so bad with the food and alcohol in Nashville. If you saw me
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Women are tough critics when it comes to body image. Whether we're judging ourselves or the woman next to us, we all know how rough it feels to be on the receiving end. A few of our favorite celebrity ladies reveal their own body-image hurdles and remind us that no one is perfect.Read More »from Celebs' Not-So-Pretty Body Image Confessions
Think you can't relate to high-profile celebrity moms who juggle movies, photo shoots, red carpet appearances - and motherhood? Think again. See who's tired, who struggles to find balance - and who's on the verge of just cracking up.Read More »from What Do You Have in Common with These Celeb Moms?
Tina Fey: "Sometimes I'll be telling my husband, 'I think I'm cracking up,'" she says with a sigh. "Sometimes you just need a minute to say, 'I think I'm cracking' and just acknowledge it." Alice, her daughter, has opinions of her own on her mother's workload. "Last weekend," Tina recalls, "she started chanting, 'Daddy is my mom! Daddy is my mom!'"
Cindy McCain: On adopting her daughter, Bridget, who was born with a severe cleft palate, from Bangladesh: "I brought home a baby without telling [husband John McCain], and he not only took it in stride but loved it, immediately embracing Bridget, who shares John's very dry sense of humor, so she and her dad do pretty well together. If I hadn't taken Bridget out, I think she would have become a prostitute or,
Your face isn't the only part of your body that needs anti-aging protection. With body-baring weather just around the corner, we've been looking into what it takes to get everything below the neck into summer shape. Check out the best in summer makeup.Read More »from Get Your Whole Body Summer Smooth
If you have age spots and uneven tone, choose a lotion that protects against hyperpigmentation and brightens skin. Clarins Bright Plus HP Brightening Body Veil SPF 20 ($40) contains an effective blend of vitamin C, plant extracts, and glycerin Get perfect skin with these quick fixes.
Products designed to diminish cellulite often contain caffeine, which "provides a temporary tightening effect," says Doris Day, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center. We like Bliss Fat Girl Slim ($29), which also has an herbal anti-inflammatory to smooth the skin. We found seven cellulite treatments that work.
"If you have wrinkles and stretch marks,
- Harper s Bazaar | Fashion – Fri, Apr 16, 2010 6:58 PM EDT
Insecurities... we ALL have them. Even women who seem to have "perfect" figures, beautiful skin, and the attention of millions. Yes, celebs are critical of their bodies just like the rest of us, and it can actually be refreshing to hear that they don't think they're perfect, because frankly, no one is. But what's even more liberating to hear is when they've accepted those imperfections, embraced their differences, and simply moved on. Life's too short to obsess over things - like body shape, breast size, and hair type - that we simply cannot change.
So we asked a few ladies with varying body types - Kim Kardashian, Joy Bryant, and Amanda de Cadenet - to strip down, pose for the camera, and tell us how they feel about their unretouched bodies. Here's what Kim said:
Enough with the Butt! "I don't get why everyone is always going on about my butt. I'm Armenian. It's normal," says Kim Kardashian. "My butt is probably not as big as you might think, because I have small legs andRead More »from Kim Kardashian Feels Better About Posing Nude This Time Around
Ah, etiquette...a word that seems lost to the ages. Good manners were once something we prided ourselves on. People took notice (and appreciated!) common "please and thank-yous." But today, people seem more fascinated with watching those who lack conventional manners, and the widespread addiction to reality shows like Jersey Shore is an indication of that.Read More »from Have Good Manners Gone Out of Style?
So Harper's Bazaar took on the challenge to find out if the famed ladies of Jersey Shore - Snooki, JWoww, and Sammi - could change their ways with a few lessons in etiquette. "We might come off like we have no manners at all, but we do," asserts Snooki, who showed up for "lessons" at the elegant Surrey hotel on New York's Upper East Side in an graffitied trucker hat. JWoww's outfit was equally confident: a hooded pink sweat suit, Ugg-style boots, a studded Christian Audigier bag, purple-streaked hair, and a hot-pink, bedazzled French manicure.
Take a look at a few of the photos of our staged makeover and etiquette intervention,
Life is hectic, and sometimes there simply isn't time to run home after work to primp for a dinner date, work event, or even a night on the town with the girls. We've discovered two stylish work-appropriate hairstyles that easily transform for a sexy evening look. Simply stash a few common styling products in your tote along with your outfit change and these no-fuss hairstyles will save the day.Read More »from Hairstyles That Take You from Day to Night
A relaxed bun in the morning transforms easily into beautiful waves by evening,
A.M.: Keep hair hydrated with Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner ($3.99 each). "You don't want a lot of volume, and moisturizing cleansers will add weight and shine," says Andy Lecompte, owner of the eponymous West Hollywood salon. To smooth strands, apply a leave-in conditioner like Paul Mitchell Super Strong Liquid Treatment ($14.95) to damp hair. Lecompte suggests blow-drying your hair if it's thick. Otherwise, it'll be wet at day's end. Then twist hair into a knot and secure it
- Harper s Bazaar | Fashion – Fri, Apr 9, 2010 5:30 PM EDT
How old is too old for short shorts? Do patterned tights work on everyone? Bazaar tackles these and other fashion quandaries so you can look fabulous no matter your age.
Question: At what age should you stop wearing short shorts?
Answer: Once you graduate from college, pack 'em in. As for city shorts, which hit above the knee, this look has legs for any age, as long as they are paired with a smart menswear-inspired jacket or a long cardigan for a tailored, finished feel.
Q: At 45 years old, I feel like a tart in five-inch stilettos or wedges, but like an old lady in kitten heels. What is the right height for my age?
A: There comes a time when super-stylish shoes in extreme heights are just too much for women of a certain age. At 45, you can still wear those sky-high heels that are so on trend, but once you hit 50, adjust your heel height. Three-inch heels feel more appropriate.Q: Prints are my passion. Is mixing them Read More »from 7 Style Rules for the Season: How Short Is Too Short, and More...
Ever feel like it's just too much work (and money!) to build a stylish wardrobe year after year? You're not alone! If you're living on a tight budget, we've got especially good news for you.
Regardless of the clothing label, the basic principles behind the most stylish celebs' looks can actually translate to your closet too. The best part? There's no shopping is required... you likely already have a few of these staples in your own closet!
Here, some of the most well-dressed women around share their secrets for growing into your own style.
Pictured: Katharine Hepburn, the epitome of a classic trendsetter.
IN YOUR 20s
- This is the time to experiment, and actress Camilla Belle is a perfect example. "I'm starting to feel brave enough to wear things that are outlandish and crazy," says the 23-year-old. This is the perfect age to take risks with hem lengths, fabrics, and silhouettes. While the 20s are fun, she also realizes there is a lot to look forward to. "I'm too young to be
Who are Hollywood's next big names? These 10 fresh faces have major films or TV shows under their belts, and a select few have already been feted at this year's award shows. Whether they snagged statues or not, all have proven to be style stars with gorgeous red-carpet gowns and unique off-duty looks. Trust us: these are the ones to watch in 2010.Read More »from 10 Most Fashion-Forward Starlets
If the name Dakota Fanning conjures up images of a wide-eyed child star with blond braids and Mary Janes, it's time to think again. After years of children's fare, 16-year old Fanning recently starred as punk rocker Cherie Currie in The Runaways, a biopic of rock star-proportions with cover girl Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett. Fanning has channeled her new mature role on the red carpet with lots of black, like this stunning Valentino lace mini (paired with soaring burgundy heels) and the chic black blazer-and-skinny pants combo she wore at Sundance. Savvy style is matched by smart career moves: Fanning's next film is none
It's a fact: One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While researchers search for a cure, experts agree with Larry Norton, deputy physician in chief for breast-cancer programs and the medical director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, that "it's very clear that eating a healthy diet and maintaining a normal body weight has a huge impact on breast-cancer incidence." Here are some guidelines.Read More »from Eat This to Prevent Breast Cancer
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Maintain a healthy weight. Colleen Doyle, director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, says keeping your body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9 and exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes five days a week) can reduce your risk by 10 to 25 percent. With the ACS linking one third of the more than 550,000 cancer deaths a year in part to excess weight, poor diet, and physical inactivity, it's a critical factor.
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