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Beauty in Iran: Paradoxical and Comic

I am an anthropologist and have studied cosmetic surgery practices in Tehran, Iran, named as the “nose job capital of the world” (CBS, 2005). Hardly surprisingly, there are intriguing contradictions…

Have a better relationship with your body

[This piece was originally published in Healthy magazine] We’re encouraged to think of ‘looking good’ as a moral imperative – if you don’t have a great body then there’s a sense…

Ugly Selfies, Irony and Instagram

Selfies have often been associated with the ongoing influence of beauty ideals as an aspirational imperative (MacCallum and Widdows, 2016) but simultaneously have been criticised as forms of narcissism (Burns…

Body Negativity: What’s wrong with Body Positivity?

Body positive campaigns have their hearts in the right place. Their messages are good and – you guessed it – positive: Be resilient. Be confident. Love your body. You are…

Hair Product Marketing, Online Beauty Communities, and Curly Hair

Shampoo labels are really, really frustrating. The label of a shampoo or conditioner tends to have the following structure: the label will list a desired effect for the product, or…

Traditional media disclaimer labels are ineffective at improving women’s body image; But what about social media disclaimers?

Earlier this year, Norway passed a law requiring that social media influencers who edit their appearance on promotional posts must add a disclaimer label declaring this editing. In this excellent…

“I think everyone looks better in pictures than in real life”: Posting Selfies and Women’s Body Image

Almost all young adults aged 16 to 24 years in the UK (98%) access the internet on their mobile phones or smartphones (Office of National Statistics (ONS), 2018), and 91%…

Dating apps: A platform for appearance pressures and racism

First published at The Conversation here. As the dating app Tinder turns five, new research shows men who regularly use the app have more body image concerns and lower self-esteem. The research found Tinder…

Young People’s Engagement with Social Media: The Case for Developing Adult Digital Literacy

With recent discussions about potential harms of Instagram, particularly for teenagers, we revisit this 2019 post highlighting the need for relevant adults to become more digitally literate.  It is well…

#Fitspiration: Harmful or Helpful?

A new health and fitness trend has recently swept social media. Images, text and videos labelled #Fitspiration – a literal amalgamation of the words fitness and inspiration – are ostensibly…