Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Blogger's Awesome Photo Series Exposes Online Fat Shaming

    Jes Baker/The Militant BakerIt began with a simple online search. Jes Baker, a plus-size, 27-year-old blogger from Tucson, Arizona, was doing research one afternoon and noticed that when she typed in the search term "fat people," autocomplete terms such as, "fat people are disgusting" and "fat people deserve to be bullied" popped up. But instead of getting angry about it, Baker got creative.

    The result is her photo series, "Bodies Aren't Ugly. Bullying Is," a compilation of images of herself and her plus-size friends overlaid with Google autocomplete searche terms on "fat people." In addition, Baker created her own taglines for each photo: "Just because it's accepted, doesn't mean it's acceptable," "It's not about sensitive feelings. It's about respect," "It's not about the weight; lose the hate," and "Big bodies aren't ugly; bulling is." On December 2, Baker posted the project on her website "The Militant Baker," then challenged her social media followers to send in their own photos —  and 500 submissions later,

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  • Photographer Examines Our Obsession With Beauty, Airbrushing

    Who needs makeup when you can airbrush your photos?

    That's the question photography major Anna Hill, a senior at East Carolina University, is asking with her new photo series, "Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep," self-portraits that mock the beauty industry's overuse of airbrushing applications that many magazines and other media use to retouch images. "I taught myself Photoshop when I was 14, and ever since, my eye is trained to see exactly where models have been altered," Hill tells Yahoo Shine.

    The 24-year-old, who created the work as part of a class project, uploaded the series to Reddit on Monday night and says the response has been overwhelming. "I think people like to be reminded that the beautiful models we're surrounded by daily aren't actually as real as they seem - without extensive makeup and editing, many don't look that much better than the rest of us," says Hill.

    Below, Hill explains the inspiration behind each photo:

    "I was researching beauty advertisements from the 1950s and

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  • 5 Health Habits That Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

    Photo by Corbis.Here's motivation to live a healthier lifestyle: Following a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a low body weight, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce the odds of dementia, according to research published Tuesday.

    Researchers at Cardiff University in the U.K. studied 2,235 men and found that those who adopted all five, or even four, of these healthy behaviors experienced a 60 percent reduction in dementia and overall cognitive decline (with exercise being the strongest mitigating factor). Seventy percent fewer cases of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke were found in those men, compared to people who didn't practice any of the behaviors.

    Yahoo Shine could not reach the lead study author, Professor Peter Elwood, for comment; however, he said in a press release, "What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health — healthy behaviors have a far more beneficial effect than any medical

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  • Man Proposes to Girlfriend — and Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

    Photo courtesy of Shana WarnerA Flint, Michigan, man has had a busy December so far, popping the question to two different ladies in his life: his girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter.

    Jeff Andres, a pediatric physical therapist, and Shana Warner, a corrections nurse at a local prison, had been dating for almost two years and knew they wanted to get married, but Warner wasn't certain when Andres would ask her. However, the couple knew one thing for sure: Warner's daughter Ally would be a part of the engagement.

    On Dec. 1, Andres turned 34 and during his birthday party that night, he stood up and thanked friends and family members for attending. "I knew something was up when he asked me to stand up as well," Warner, 28, tells Yahoo Shine. "He told me that all he wanted for his birthday was me, and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him." Warner said yes, and Ally was delighted. "She asks us all the time when we're getting married," says Warner.

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  • Sonic Apologizes for Offensive Chiefs-Redskins Sign

    A Twitter photo of a sign many have called racist has landed the fast-food restaurant chain Sonic in hot water and prompted the company to issue a public apology.

    The controversy began after a Sonic location in Belton, Missouri, put up a sign on Sunday that encouraged the Kansas City Chiefs pro football team to "scalp" the Washington Redskins and send them "2 [the] reservation." Soon after, passerby Delores Schilling snapped a pic of the sign and posted the following tweet:

    Yahoo Shine could not reach a Sonic representative for comment. However, on Sunday, Patrick Lenow, vice president of public relations at Sonic, told NBC News, "The remarks posted on this message board were wrong, offensive and unacceptable ... In a misguided effort to support his football team an independent franchise owner allowed passion to override

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  • Kate Middleton's $35 Zara Necklace is (Unsurprisingly) Sold Out

    Getty ImagesAnother day, another company strikes gold, thanks to Kate Middleton. One day after the Duchess of Cambridge wore a $35 sparkly, crystal-bead Zara necklace to attend the premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" to honor the late Nelson Mandela, the necklace has sold out on Zara's website.

    Middleton paired the piece with a cream-colored Roland Mouret gown and wore her hair in a casual ponytail — a departure from the previous evening, when she showed off a glittery tiara (a family heirloom valued at quite a bit more than $35) for an event at Buckingham Palace.

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    It's no surprise that shoppers swooped in to buy out the necklace — Middleton's ability to excite and influence the fashion masses is a phenomenon dubbed the "Kate Effect." When the duchess posed for her engagement photo with Prince William in 2010, she wore a blue Issa London wrap dress, which sold out in 24 hours. In order to keep up with the demand (still

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  • Jimmy Kimmel's 'Naughty or Nice' Prank Is the Best Thing About Friday

    Jimmy Kimmel figured out a way to pare down Santa’s Christmas list: Hook up kids to a lie detector device and ask them whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
    In a segment that aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday night and was posted to YouTube on Friday (racking up nearly 51,000 views), Kimmel, who dubbed himself “The Lie Detective,” invites two brothers into his interrogation room to meet with him and “The Truth Fairy,” a.k.a., his sidekick Guillermo, who is dressed in a pink, fuzzy dress with wings. First up is 6-year-old Fletcher, who Kimmel hooks up to the phony machine. “Fletcher, have you don’t anything naughty this year?” asks Kimmel. “I think I forgot,” he replies. The device beeps, so Fletcher confesses to tackling his 4-year-old brother Sammy (but only because he started it). Next is Sammy (also hooked up to the lie detector), who admits to tackling his brother, but only because Fletcher bites him. Though Sammy says he’s sorry, the lie detector buzzes. So, Kimmel puts Read More »from Jimmy Kimmel's 'Naughty or Nice' Prank Is the Best Thing About Friday
  • New Vegan Beyoncé Busted Wearing Fur Jacket

    Juliano-Kmm/X17online.comJuliano-Kmm/X17online.comOnly two days after Jay-Z announced that he and wife Beyoncé planned to go vegan for 22 days in what they’ve called a “spiritual and physical cleanse,” Bey was photographed walking into Los Angeles vegetarian restaurant Native Foods wearing a camouflage jacket with an oversized fox fur collar.

    Whether the fur was real was unquestionable — the jacket is a $4,180 Christopher Kane piece, touted as having an "exquisite fox fur collar." Despite the fact the 32-year-old was wearing an animal, she still refused to eat one. She and Jay-Z reportedly ordered meatless dishes such as marinated kale salad, Indian curried lentils, and corn tacos, followed by vegan chocolate truffles for dessert.

    People's reasons for going vegan vary; some choose the lifestyle because it's healthier, others have ethical issues with the treatment of animals. And the extent of people's belief systems can range. Without knowing Beyoncé's motivations — will she forgo makeup or medication that's been tested on animals? Is

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  • Girl Gives Boy Heimlich Maneuver, He Thanks Her with Candy

    Emily Ogle and Kuper Stevens (Photo: KSDK)Emily Ogle and Kuper Stevens (Photo: KSDK)A 9-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero after giving a classmate the Heimlich maneuver when he began choking in the cafeteria.

    On Monday, Emily Ogle, a fourth-grader at Central Elementary School in Roxana, Ill., noticed that her classmate Kuper Stevens was choking on a breadstick during lunch. He couldn't breathe and was turning red, but luckily, Emily knew what to do –– thanks to her father, who had taught her how to administer the Heimlich maneuver when she was only 7 years old. "I did the Heimlich maneuver and I guess I got it out, but I didn't think so. So I ran and got the monitor, but I guess I already got it out," Emily told local news affiliate KSDK.

    To thank his hero, Kuper has already bought Emily a gold-plated necklace that spells out her name and four bars of king-sized chocolate, wrapped with a string and a bow.

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  • Booze, Caffeine, Exercise: What's Really OK for Pregnancy?

    CorbisWhen it comes to alcohol and pregnancy, the verdict is in (again): No amount of alcohol is safe for expecting women, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

    Scientists conducted studies on mice and found that any exposure to alcohol alters fetal brain development, particularly in the regions that control cognition, vision, hearing, touch, motor skills, and language. Study author Kelly Huffman, assistant professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, says the findings are applicable to humans. "Any amount of alcohol during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unsafe for the baby," Huffman tells Yahoo Shine. "It's no different than pouring whiskey right into the baby's bottle."

    Yet earlier this year a study published from BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, concluded that light drinking was not associated with behavioral or cognitive problems. "The data is pretty conflicting and it's impossible to sort through it all," Hilda

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