Beauty & Body Image

So many little girls want to change everything about themselves. All we want to change is their minds…We can help every little girl see how beautiful she really is. -Dove Campaign for Real Beauty


All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty. Brashich, Audrey. New York: Walker & Company, 2006.

AnyBody (Giving women a voice to challenge images of women.)

The Beautiful Women Project (A sculptural exhibition of the torsos of 119 real women aged 19-91.)

The Beauty Myth.Wolf, Naomi. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1991.

The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect. Maine, Margo and Kelly, Joe. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005 (and others).

Body Positive

Campaign for Real Beauty (Dove’s campaign, including a short video illustrating how the ideal image is created.)

Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation (A film by Nicole Clark that explores how the worlds of fashion, modeling, advertising and celebrity affect girls and young women.)

Endangered Bodies

Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too! (A comprehensive holistic guide and curriculum for upper elementary age children.)

Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture.)

Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Communities. Atkins, Dawn (ed.). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, 1998.

The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private. Bordo, Susan. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

Real Women Project

Slim Hopes: Advertising & the Obsession with Thinness (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture.)

This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes. Olson, Rosanne. New York: Artisan Books, 2008.

True Body Project (A journal and film created by teenage girls.)

Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Bordo, Susan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993.

Unwanted Hair and Hirsutism: A Book for Women. Amoroso, Alison. Lexington, KY: Your Health Press, 2010.

Photoshopping and Retouching Sites & Information

Frank W. Baker

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