An advertisement for breast implants in Sydney in 2015. Advertisements often promote a ‘natural’ ideal of beauty, even when advocating surgical intervention.
Many historic ideas about women's beauty - from prizing firm breasts to emphasising the 'natural' - continue to resonate today.
Frida Kahlo: self-portrait with Bonito.
Irina via Flickr
Monobrow, Instabrow, Scousebrow: here's one facial feature that deserves more attention.
The number of people going under the knife for a big bum is increasing – but it carries the highest risk of death in any cosmetic surgery.
Individuals using indoor tanning are exposed to two types of UV rays – UVA and UVB – that damage skin and DNA and can lead to cancer, including the deadliest one: melanoma. Young users are most at risk.
Many gyms use free tanning beds to lure in new members who are eager to look and feel their best. But this, argues Sherry Pagoto, runs against the health lifestyle premise these gyms are advocating.
Trying to achieve that ‘flawless finish’.
People with visible facial differences, such as acne, are rarely represented in the media and when they are, they are often vilified.
Reductions in collagen and elastin as we age are mostly to blame for our laugh lines.
There's not much we can do about the reduction in collagen and fat that cause lines and circles under our eyes as we age. But sunscreen and a healthy lifestyle can help keep the signs of ageing at bay.
Both female beauty icons posted 'problematic' tweets about the Israel-Palestine conflict in 2014. But they weren't received the same way.
The Dove ad published on Facebook, which the company took down after many complaints of racial insensitivity.
Beauty brand Dove caused controversy with an ad seemingly showing a black woman turning white after using its body lotion. While Dove removed the ad, it played into the racist history of skin whitening.
A Dominican immigrant cuts the hair of a customer at her New York City salon.
Seth Wenig/AP Photo
In New York City, hair salons are one of the few cultural spaces for Dominican women to bond. But they also perpetuate legacies of racism and colonialism.
Eva Blue/Flickr, Southern Cross Austereo
The women’s magazine formula runs deep in many online publications branded as 'feminist'. While the personal was once deemed political, the emphasis now is on adapting to the status quo - not changing it.
A booming beauty industry is changing the way we see our bodies.
The pressures of perfection.