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The Shocking Truth about Women in Lingerie over 50 (Photos)

HuffPo 50 took photographs of 11 women ranging in age from 48-67 in their lingerie then asked them how do they feel sexy today as opposed to in their twenties. Their answers will uplift you … Keep Reading!

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Danielle, Embracing Beauty Despite Breast Cancer (LYBN)

Excerpt: “I felt a small lump in my breast in February 2014. When I saw my oncologist and all the results were in, I was told that I had Stage-4 metastatic breast cancer that was in my liver, lungs, sternum and both breasts. I was told in April 2014 that I had two years to live.” Keep Reading …

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He Says I’m Too Fat, But What Bothers me Most is my Response

Excerpt: I abandon my body completely, as if it were a one-legged stepchild, by saying, “You’re right. I do need to lose 3, 5, 10 pounds. I’ll do it soon.” “When?” he’ll ask. “Soon,” I’ll say. Then he usually presses me to pick a time frame. Or a special event as my goal. And I will arbitrarily pick something. By my next birthday. Before I participate in a ballroom dance competition. By Christmas. Keep Reading …

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Kate Winslet Takes on Fat Shamers & a Groundbreaking Book asks, “What’s Wrong With Fat?”

Kate Winslet wrote: ““I know I am chubby, I have big feet, and have bad hair days. When I grew up and even now sometimes, I hardly hear any positive reinforcement about body image from any female. I mostly hear negatives. But I know most of the negatives come from the people who are busy rejoicing other people’s insults by liking demeaning posts on Facebook, when in reality they don’t even like themselves.” Keep Reading …

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Lane Bryant’s Response to Victoria Secret’s “Perfect Body” Campaign

I absolutely love the Lane Bryant “I’m No Angel” campaign. There’s been some, what I consider to be, trumped up controversy that by featuring succulent, zaftig models in their campaign with an intra-textual reference to the Victoria’s Secret “Perfect Body” campaign, that Lane Bryant is simply perpetuating hate on hate.

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Three Bodies: Identical Twins Heal Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes

“Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan. But not because I don’t want to grow up. I’m like Peter Pan in that I’m chasing my shadow, only my shadow is my body.” – Lisanne Sartor When I was 46-years old I had flattering nudes taken of myself to combat negative feelings I had about my rounder, aging body. It was so liberating that I wanted to do the same thing for other women … keep reading!

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I’ve Managed to get Nude Again on HuffPo Live!

This story is close to my heart because of the intimate, stunning work photographer Beth Sanders and body-coach Marlene Zaleznick did with our subject, a woman we call Claire, who wanted to lay her body image issues to rest after she’d laid her father to rest this year.

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Love Your Body Now: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes: (Stephanie)

When I met Stephanie, a self-described Empath and Healer, in Boulder, Colorado to interview her for our Love Your Body Now Project: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes, I was expecting a fruit loop. I had prejudices against

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Are You Afraid Your Body Isn’t Beautiful After an Accident or Surgery? and The Scar Project

Today I received a comment that made my heart ache. Melanie read Ruby’s story in our Love Your Body Now series and wrote this: Ruby is everything that I’m not, brave. 3 years ago this July I was walking with

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Claire)

(To Learn How The #LoveYourBodyNow Project Came To Be, Start HERE.) When I asked Claire, a Denver-based sales rep, why she wanted to participate in our #LoveYourBodyNow Project she said, “I don’t put anything in my body that I haven’t

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Ruby)

(I’ve begun the “Love Your Body Now” project with photographer, Beth Sanders, and we’ve added a third partner, body-centered coach, Marlene Zaleznick, to help heal body image issues through the use of fine art nudes. To read more about it click HERE.)

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Beth)

Hello Beauties — I’m very excited to announce that photographer Beth Sanders, body coach Marlene Zaleznick and I are combining our super powers to create a positive body image project called, “Love Your Body Now.” The germination of this idea began two

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I’m Back Online Naked Again! Run For Your Life!

My site was down for three days. The earth stopped rotating. Romney and Obama quit campaigning. Even the tabloids ceased stalking Kristen Stewart. After grappling with Ted, Dan, Mike, John, Terry, Garrett and Ted at GoDaddy, sometimes weeping, sometimes badgering,

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My Today Show Segment On Body Image

Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. my fanny traversing 20 years somehow made its way onto the Today Show. Producer Stephanie Becker did such a lovely job with the story that I almost couldn’t find anything wrong with myself in it!

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Panicking while discussing my Nudes on the Fox 11 News

Last night on the Fox 11 News I had a Cindy Brady brain freeze where I just stared helplessly at Phil Shuman and Susan Hirasuna while my brain screamed, “You’re screwing up your first TV interview. You suck. Die, you

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Shannon)

As many of you know I’ve been seen at age 26, then at age 46 naked round the world the last several weeks. Starting with my first naked post Am I Really Fat? which was also published in The Huffington Post.

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The Photo That’s NOT on the Huffington Post aka Healing Body Image Issues

“The Photo That’s NOT on the Huffington Post aka Healing Body Image Issues.” Okay. I posted one of my 46-year old nudes on Huffington Post HERE. I’m up to over 5oo comments on Huffington Post which means a lot of people

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Walk the Walk, Naked Lady!

This story was featured on THE TODAY SHOW. I posted nudes I took 20 years ago HERE for an article called “Am I Really Fat?” It drew such an ego-assuaging amount of attention and even was published on the Huffington Post

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I See You’ve Managed To Get Your Nudes Out Again!

Today’s post is about Hubris: excessive pride. Posting nude photos from 20 years ago got me on the cover page of the Women section on The Huffington Post. Who knew all I needed to do was get naked? (Unfortunately they

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Am I Really Fat? (the nude photos)

Am I Really Fat? Let’s See… I’ve been the same weight for approximately five years. 140 lbs. Sometimes I’m up to 143, sometimes down to 137, but almost always exactly at 140. I’m 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall. I’m

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