Category: Body Image

Disclaimer: No, I’m not a stripper. At pole fitness, we don’t take any clothes off, and nobody’s paying me to do it. Sorry to disappoint.  I’ve been going to pole fitness for just over a year, and I cannot recommend it enough to people with mixed feelings about their body. Thanks to the ever-expanding world of the...

You were very big that day. Not big in any physical sense of the word but just … imposing. You were one of the first doctors that I’d ever visited in my entire life that wasn’t my GP. To this day, I remember my knees trembling a little bit, my toes wiggling in the trainers I had on, my hand sweaty in my mum’s hand...

How did you start your day? Maybe you slept your full eight hours, maybe not. Did you have some breakfast? Did you wake up with someone next to you in your bed? Did you have to rush your cup of tea? Was your shower warm enough? And did you get to work on time? Did you say hello to all your colleagues whilst you put on...

‘I am vain, false and silly. What am I?’ I am a person who wears a wig. This week, I watched BBC’s Room 101 with Frank Skinner and it had one of the Hairy Bikers on it.  I usually love this show, but on the final round, the hairy biker brought out a wig as the useless, annoying and potentially harmful thing to never...

Social media has changed the way we communicate and connect with other people. When it was first established, we used our social media accounts to interact with our family and closest friends, but over time we have started to use social media to enjoy a glimpse into the lives of complete strangers. While this might be...

Cannes beach has become the first to formally ban the so-called ‘burkini’, with the mayor of the Southern French city calling it a ‘symbol of Islamic extremism’. The law came into force at the beginning of the month, with those who don’t wear clothes that are ‘respectful of good morals’ facing a fine of 38 EUR. Sorry...

A friend turned to someone else and said “no wonder she’s so fat when her surname is Broad” Growing up I was always the ‘fat friend’. Not just the ‘chubby’ or ‘one size bigger than everyone else’ friend. I was the ‘fat friend’. My friends would be complaining about having to buy size 14 jeans while I would give...

the only thing that’s new is our phone features. The introspection and self-criticism are centuries old When I started my new job in May, I started working in an office for the first time. I’ve had loads of jobs before – ‘proper’ jobs, with commutes and packed lunches – but they were roles where I didn’t see...

As a British Pakistani woman, I’ve grown up with a mishmash of thoughts about what my body should look like. I’ve been subject to I ideals which, honestly, I won’t ever meet. It’s been a journey of agonising about my appearance, but you know what? I’ve found that the best way to be comfortable as an Asian girl is to...

Whether male or female, hipster or pornstar, body hair plays a huge part in how we feel about ourselves – and how other people perceive us. And much as we’d like to blame Kim Kardashian or Gillette, the history of our luscious locks and hairy legs is centuries longer. Why do we have body hair? Made up of dead tissue...