Category Archives: Beauty & Body Image

Chronic Illness, Body Image & Getting Married

Seeing my wedding photos felt like staring at a stranger, who has somehow managed to impersonate me on that special day.  I quickly click away, before the tears reach my eyes, before I have to acknowledge that this – stranger – is me. My illnesses have been hard on me, and they love to multiply …

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Reflections on 2015

In many ways 2015 has been the most difficult year of my life. I have gotten increasingly sick, been through countless medical tests, trialled several different medications (all to no avail), and my doctors increasingly consider me a difficult case. I became unable to work. I spent a month bedridden, with migraines and throwing up …

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#NoMakeupSelfie + Cancer Awareness?

So lately these #NoMakeupSelfie’s for “cancer awareness” have been all over my newsfeeds, and frankly they are pissing me off. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for cancer awareness, and I think self-expression through pictures – with or without makeup – is great. But unless you’re a cancer survivor, or you’re asking people to …

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Am I Pretty? – Or, Stop Containing Yourself in Five Letters

The following video is a powerful, thought-provoking spoken word performance by the wonderful Katie Makkai, on the topic of beauty, of being ‘pretty’, of how we teach it through generations, and how often womanhood is reduced to whether you’re conventionally attractive.  And yes, I am aware that the video is a couple of years old, …

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