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DANCE STUDIO HOLDS MODELING WORKHOP TO ENCOURANGE HEALTHY BODY IMAGE

28 Oct

DANCE STUDIO HOLDS MODELING WORKSHOP TO  ENCOURAGE HEALTHY BODY IMAGE

 

Professional dancer and model, Karla Garcia, owner of Sol Dance Center in Astoria, Queens is holding a modeling workshop for teen girls and women in order to promote and encourage healthy body image. This workshop, the “Solettes Modeling Academy”, will stress the importance of feeling confident with one’s body as well as being healthy rather than fitting the size 2 model “look”.

 

This workshop is a 4-week intensive program in which the students will learn how to walk the runway, pose for pictures, explore their look, build their character and more. The workshop will culminate with a professionally done photoshoot so that the students can take home what they learned during their time at Sol.

 

“No one should feel like they have to look a certain way,”  says Karla. “Feel free, love yourself!”

 

The workshop is affordable and for women of all ages. Come join Karla and the rest of her team starting Sunday, November 10th at 2PM for this wonderful opportunity to express yourself through modeling. For more information and to reserve your spot, call Sol Dance Center at (347) 935-3955 or drop by anytime at 30-16 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103.

Here is a clip of Karla modeling/dancing – Hope y’all enjoy and take time to spread the word about  this amazing event! 

 

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Ashley Kervabon

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The New Dove Campaign Video #RealBeauty

16 Apr

Watch the video below. What’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Being honest, the first thing I said to myself was “I wonder what my sketches would look like.”
And as I was watching the video I said “Oh…yeah…my face is also rounder and fat…I don’t really have a nice thin chin though…”
But I’m okay with that. At this risk of sounding cliché, I’ve learned to love my body, how chubby my cheeks are, etc. And I do agree with what they say in the video…Whether you embrace your natural beauty or not, shows in your personality. When you walk into a room, people feel that kind of energy – “it is critical to your happiness”.
I’d like to say that I am an extremely confident woman. I’m not conceited, I just know what I can and cannot do well. I don’t spend time dwelling over the things I don’t like about myself and instead embrace the qualities I do like. And I’d like to think that that’s why people are attracted to me. By that I don’t just mean sexually, but in every way, whether it comes to jobs, friends or family.
So I guess I know what my sketches would look like. They’d be identical because I think I see myself the way everyone else sees me. I don’t put on a “happy mask’ for people. But as this video shows, that isn’t the case for everyone.
While this video was empowering for some, it just made me sad. It worries me that more and more women don’t realize the power of their natural beauty or how important it is to know who you are and along with knowing who you are, being happy with who you are.
Hopefully by watching this video other people with realize the importance of this too.
Dove just got a shit ton of brownie points in my book. #realbeauty

Guns and Children Should Never Be in the Same Sentence

16 Dec

As soon as I read about the CT shooting, I told myself I should hold myself back from commenting because although I love to start controversy, when it comes to guns and children, I happen to be very sensitive.

What changed my mind?  This article.

A story about a woman, Liza Long, who has a child with a mental illness who often threatens to kill her and himself.  One day he pulls a knife, the next day he threatens to jump out of  a moving car, and when she’s lucky, he only resorts to calling her a “stupid bitch”.

I try not to say anything on topics I don’t know much about. In this case, America’s gun policy. Which is why I am not writing about why guns are bad, or if we should be able to carry them because honestly I do not know. What I do know is that what we should be talking about is mental health. Especially the mental health of children and teens.

I have read too many comments about taking away guns and not enough about taking care of our children. And though I may not have children yet, I can only imagine what mothers like Liza Long are going through. How awful it must be to call the cops on your preteen son because you have no other option. How awful it must be to hear him say the words “I hate you” when you are just trying to help.

Adam Lanza (CT gunman) was only reported to have autism, which is not a mental health disorder, it is a neurodevelopmental  disorder – it could be that he felt some sort of prejudice because of his learning disabilities. But who knows? And now we’ll never know after his life was lost along with so many innocent children.

Now more than ever, with 1 in 88 being diagnosed, children with autism may face more prejudice and understanding than ever because of the CT shooting.

It is sad that it takes such a tragedy to realize the problems in this country.  And while I’m not sure if guns are the problem, I am positive there is more that we can do to help children and teens with mental illnesses.

#PopStarsDoEat #ThatsOkay

23 Sep

It’s bad enough that we don’t leave Lindsey and Amanda alone, but now we’re shitting on Gaga? 

For real? 

So what if she put on a couple of pounds? It really isn’t anyone’s business except hers. First she was too skinny, and people would make remarks about her tweets “#PopStarsDontEat”. Now all we’re hearing is that she’s been eating too many cheeseburgers. 

According to an article on Jezebel, she said this about six months ago: 

“I used to throw up all the time in high school. So I’m not that confident,” said Gaga. “I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night.”

She also admitted:

“Weight is still a struggle,” she said. “Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you — they make you perfect. It’s not real life … I’m gonna say this about girls: The dieting wars have got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it’s affecting kids your age. And it’s making girls sick.”

I used to think she was a little crazy. I’m not going to lie about that but now I really feel bad for her. 

Especially since she is right. No celebrity or normal woman/teenage girl should have to go through that kind of pressure. And I’m really glad that another celebrity is taking a stand. 

Ralph Lauren Introduces First Plus-Sized Model

23 Sep

Could this be an advancement in accepting body image in the fashion industry? 

At size 12, Robyn Lawley becomes the first plus-sized model to represent Ralph Lauren and says: “There are so many plus-size models in New York doing so well at the moment,” she tells “GMA,” “and it’s only going to get better.”

And we hope this is the case. 

Previous to be coming a plus-sized model, Lawley was pressured to diet and change the way she looked. For three years (ages 16-19) she struggled with trying to fit in, and now, here she is as a Ralph Lauren model. 

Congrats Robyn! 

Here’s a pic of the lady (I think she’s gorgeous by the way): 

Check out the full coverage on her on Huffington Post

Celeb Role-Models…a vanishing concept?

9 Sep

Katy Perry, is she really THAT fake? Where have all of the celeb role models gone?

#sasstag

Oh, Katy Perry…will she ever do something not annoying? Well, I guess I have to admit…she has done one thing. The autotuning on her single Wide Awake was done so well that people can actually listen to it without convulsing. So there’s that. But everything else is beyond what my brain can handle. It is no secret that I dislike Katy, but it is not for lack of trying. Every time she does something semi-decent, I think that maybe she will redeem herself. Because she is cute and could be a great figure if she just kept her mouth shut. Not only because she can’t sing, but also because 99% of the shit that comes out of her mouth is just that. Shit.

Anyways…I digress. Katy Perry is the new face of Pop Chips. That is what I am trying to tell you. As you may remember, the company hasn’t…

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SkinnyGossip

2 Sep

I’m no health nerd but…I can differentiate what is and isn’t good for me . And I’m fortunate enough to have no allergies or “intolerances” so I can really eat whatever seduces my taste buds. 

I do feel lucky to be able to eat what I want…and everyone else should too! Imagine being lactose-intolerant….no cheese?! No chocolate?! 

This is why it makes me mad when people want to lose weight and they don’t know the difference between dieting and starvation. 

But maybe they think skinny people just starve themselves?

A few months ago, SkinnyGossip, a blog for skinny people (that hates on not skinny people) posted Starvation Tips of the Day…Skinny Gurl took them down but continues to tweet and retweet things like: 

“Why is it ok for you to say omg you’re so skinny like wasting away eat something, but I can’t say you’re so fat lose some weight?”

…Obviously inappropriate. 

Is this really how girls think? #wtfworld

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe I Was Wrong About Barbie…

2 Sep

So a while back I wrote a post on how most women do want to look like Barbie (or shouldn’t want to anyway), and how looking like Barbie would just be not humanly possible. I still think that is the case HOWEVER while I was away on vacation, I found that this whole “thinking that anorexia is cute” deal, isn’t just an idea of American culture. I was in Mexico, and people were showing me this video of Kotakoti aka the most beautiful real-life Barbie there is right now. 

People idolize her. Is this a problem? I think so. 

Victoria’s Secret Love My Body Campaign/Put Real Women in Lingerie

7 Aug

We’ve all seen them. Love your body campaigns, real beauty campaigns- we’re actually even huge supporters of them. Like I said in a previous post, it’s time to start showing that we know this is what’s up. A slight observation was made though- details, details and more details about both Victoria’s Secret and Dove’s advertisements.

Notice how the VS models are all wearing cute lingerie and the Dove models are wearing plain white bras and panties. 

This could just be a way of saying you don’t have to look a certain way to be beautiful but questions have been asked about why real women aren’t shown in lingerie.  

Interesting right? I’m not sure if anyone has done this before. And if it has been done, the whole shoot might have been labeled as scandalous or just inappropriate.

Thoughts?

 

We All Don’t Want To Look Like Barbie

7 Aug

Make-up, plastic surgery,etc., the wonderful ways of life to help us look like our idol, the glamorous, all-knowing Barbie. 

Barbie has been idolized for years and still are the most popular toys (among Bratz dolls) out there for girls ages 5-8. Sad but true, many of these girls grow up thinking they are supposed to look like Barbie and unfortunately the media isn’t telling them otherwise.

Society is just beginning to realize that these images of “acceptable beauty” that are shown on television and in magazines are fake. Fake and misleading. I will be the first one to say that even though I KNOW we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to plastic or photoshopped pictures, when I see ads I’m just like…”um, I don’t look like that.” It’s not enough for society to KNOW. It’s time to SHOW. 

The pictures in this post are Barbie to Real Women comparisons. The picture on the right is of an actual model. Looking at Barbie I’m sure she feels the way we feel when we look at her. Oh the irony. 

Personally, Barbie’s body does not appeal to me. But who am I when millions of others say that this is the way women should look?