The criticism of Meg Ryan’s appearance reveals a bigger issue that is NOT getting better

From – During last night’s Tony Awards, Meg Ryan introduced the cast of She Loves Me, the Broadway musical that inspired her 1998 film with Tom Hanks, You’ve Got Mail. Not long afterwards, Ryan became a target for Twitter users who were concerned with the 54-year-old actress’ appearance.

News outlets and Twitter users (both men and women) criticized Ryan, saying that, among many other cruel things, she looked drastically different than before.

First of all, it’s been years since she acted in When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle so, NEWSFLASH! She did what every human does: AGE.

In a 2015 interview with Net-a-Porter, Ryan had discussed the issue of aging, women, and plastic surgery rumors, saying she didn’t pay a lot of attention to the accusations. “There’s a lot of hatred in the world today. It’s so easy to judge,” she said at the time. “Imagine being a hater, how stupid.”

This whole thing with Ryan might feel like déjà vu, especially when compared to Renée Zellweger, who was at the center of her own plastic surgery rumors in 2014. All in all, the same people who think it’s their place to speculate whether or not a woman has had plastic surgery are most likely the same ones who would criticize her for looking older. Women, especially in Hollywood, are under pressure to maintain a youthful appearance more than men. While male actors can age gracefully and become “silver foxes,” women are expected to retain their looks, and if they decide to get plastic surgery, they will be condemned for that as well. How can anyone win?40c401b64a6b16c47887f70917af00e1

Whether or not a woman wants to forgo plastic surgery OR use it to alter her appearance, it is nobody else’s business but the woman’s. Unfortunately, there are still people out there who will continue to comment on the appearances of others, but there are also many who recognize that the issue is preposterous and there are more important things we should be focusing on at the moment.

“I love my age,” Ryan had said in the same interview. “I love my life right now. I love the person I’ve become, the one I’ve evolved into.”

We all should take some inspiration from her words.

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Christina Hendricks’ Clairol Commercial Banned in the U.K. for Its ‘Misleading’ Message

From People


The ASA just dropped a (blonde) bombshell. A Clairol commercial for the label’s Nice ‘n Easy hair dye, featuring brand ambassador Christina Hendricks, has been banned in the U.K. for misrepresenting the star’s red-to-blonde color transformation.

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that Proctor & Gamble mislead viewers to believe Hendricks’ dye job — a bright red to a golden blonde — was shot in the order of the transformation — when in reality, the commercial was first filmed in reverse order — when Hendricks was a blonde and then once she was red.

The ruling came after two hair color educators filed complaints to the ASA claiming “the color change depicted could not have been achieved using the product alone.” The ASA also decided that P&G “misleadingly exaggerated the capability of the product,” claiming that Hendricks’ major mane makeover could not have been done with just a single box of hair dye.


Clairol responded to the ruling with the following statement:

“We are disappointed in the outcome as we are confident that the color change we depicted in the TV copy (from Nice ‘n Easy shade 6R — Natural Light Auburn to Nice ‘n Easy shade 8G — Natural Honey Blonde) is possible and consumer achievable using our products,” the hair color brand told People.

The brand added: “However, we respect the final decision of the ASA and will be removing the TV copy from airing in the UK effective immediately.”

During the filming of the commercial in question, People sat down with Hendricks to chat about her new blonde hue, explaining the color change-up was her way of saying goodbye to her famous Mad Men character, Joan Holloway.

“It’s [the end of Mad Men] sort of the impetus behind my color change,” she said. “I had been red long before I had played Joan, but they did start to become sort of the same person. I started relating the red to Joan. When everything was coming to an end, and all of sudden I was moving to New York and all these changes were happening I thought why don’t I just embrace the change and change a little bit of everything, and give Joan a nice little send off. It was sort of an emotional thing for me too.”


Mariah Carey Is Launching a ’90s Throwback Lipstick For MAC

From Pop Beauty

Mariah Carey and MAC are teaming up for a holiday collaboration. (Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

by Lauren Levinson

On Dec. 3, expect “All I Want For For Christmas Is You” to be permanently stuck in your head. But the reason is good. POPSUGAR Beauty has exclusively learned that Mariah Carey — the music goddess who created the catchy holiday song — has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics on a shimmery nude lipstick. The name of the color is dubbed “All I Want” and trust us, you want it.

In our interview, Mariah described the hue as a “beautiful champagne shimmer” that she created to flatter many skin tones. Plus, she tipped us off that a full Mariah x MAC Beauty Icon collection is coming later in 2016.
Though MAC has worked with some big-deal musicians including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna, the brand is enthusiastic about adding Mariah to its prestigious roster.

“Mariah is the over-the-top pop and beauty icon,” said MAC Creative Director James Gager. “Throughout the years we’ve all watched her with admiration and feel right now she is at her ultimate best. She exudes elegance, glamour, sophistication, and a sense of fun. Her ‘All I Want’ lipstick is the perfect frosty holiday shade and her Beauty Icon collection will be everything you think of when you think MAC and Mariah.”

While you do have to wait a few months to get your hands on the limited-edition lipstick (which will be available online only at, you can learn more about it here, now. Keep reading to get a tease for what’s to come for Mariah’s bigger MAC collaboration, her approach to biracial beauty, and why she describes herself as an “insecure person.”

POPSUGAR: How did you pick this particular name for the lipstick? You have so many songs to choose from.

Mariah Carey: Well, I wanted something different for the holidays. It’s not a red lip; it’s actually a champagne shimmer with a frost texture. I wanted to go away from the typical red lip that everybody usually does for Christmas. It’s really beautiful. “All I Want” is such an evergreen song for me, and it’s a natural name for the lipstick.

PS: It’s such a major song — I know people who listen to it in July! Did you have any idea that it was going to be such a huge hit?

MC: No, I really didn’t! I was writing it in this little, tiny room with a little keyboard by myself years ago, and then I just sang it. It was a process, but I was sitting in the middle of Summer with Christmas trees in the room having fun. I never knew it would be one of my most famous songs. Here we are, all this time later. Every year I hear it, and it actually makes me really happy. It makes me happier to hear than any of my other songs because I love Christmas so much.

Mariah Carey x MAC lipstick in ‘All I Want’ (Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

PS: Let’s talk about the shimmery nude color.

MC: Well I’ve always loved the frosty lip for Winter, because I think it blends in with the tone of the season. Even growing up, [the shade is] something that I would gravitate towards. I don’t look good in a red lip, and I wanted to be able to wear the color. I know a lot of people who don’t care for red lipstick, either. We ended up going with this really beautiful champagne shimmer.

PS: Sounds lovely. That shimmery lip texture feels like a throwback to those ‘90s MAC lipsticks.

MC: Even a throwback to ones from before that. It’s something that I’ve always loved, that color. So it is sort of a throwback, but I think it’s going to feel modern, too.

PS: What are some tips you have for styling the lipstick, beauty-wise?

MC: Well, I’m not sure how much we’re supposed to talk about, because we’re still in the early planning stages, but did you hear that MAC asked me to be the next collaborator for its Beauty Icon collection?

PS: That’s very exciting, congrats! I did hear that there was more to come, but I don’t know too much about it yet.

MC: We’re not talking about it too much yet. [The products are] going to work with that lip, and they’re all kind of in that vein. But I can’t talk too much about it or they’ll kill me.READ MORE on POPSUGAR Beauty!

Odessa Cozzolino, Founder of My Body Gallery, Wants more from Women!

Odessa Cozzolino, Founder of My Body Gallery

OK, so it’s no secret that we LOVE the idea behind But, you know who else is pretty awesome, herself? Odessa Cozzolino, founder and owner of My Body Gallery is! After we wrote our article about the site, we got a chance to actually sit and talk with this AMAZING and groundbreaking bold woman.

Cozzolino is all about real women, just like we are!
“When women can see other women’s real bodies and understand what 130, 150, or 180 pounds really looks like, they can start to gain a realistic appreciation for the diversity of women’s sizes and shapes, and the beauty that is totally unrelated to a number on the scale. It’s often easier to see this in others first, but my hope is that it will translate to women’s self-image as well.”
And, it’s not just about body image for Cozzolino. She feels that women are much more than what they see in the mirror. “It’s probably impossible and definitely implausible, but that’s my dream: that one day each woman will discover something that they would rather think about than how they look. Imagine.”
Bold Magazine: OK, first thing’s first. This is an incredible idea. How did you think of it?
Odessa Cozzolino: I am a photographer and after taking a lot of photographs of women who were uncomfortable with how they looked I thought “I wish women could see themselves the way others see them and not the way they think they look.” And so I decided to create the site.
BM: What is your goal for My Body Gallery? 
OC: I wanted there to be a place that would have honest representations of what real women’s bodies look like. We tend to bring a lot of baggage to the mirror (whether we think we should look like a fashion model, or want to return to how we looked before we had children, or never measured up to what our mothers told us was beautiful, or that we’re too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, etc.). We are also bombarded with images and ideas about the “ideal” woman — her size, her shape, the “magic number” of her weight. All of this leaves us in a position to have no real idea of what look like to others — and feel bad about ourselves to boot, for not looking the way we think we’re supposed to.
BM: What were your biggest challenges?
OC: The biggest challenge is definitely the technical end of it. Trying to find a website designer / builder who understood what I wanted and getting it to function properly is an ongoing challenge.
BM: How long has the site been running?
OC: The site launched in early 2010.
BM:  How much has the site grown so far?
OC: Since it’s launch the site has steadily grown, but over the last few weeks it’s kind of gone “viral” with over 4million hits in the past 7 days. Yay!
BM: Wow! What has the feedback and user involvement been like?
OC: The vast majority of the feedback has been amazing! And obviously user involvement is critical since all the photos are user uploaded.
BM: Where do you see the site going in a year? 5 years?
OC: I hope that the site will continue to grow its database so that it can be more representative and useful to more women. And then, the thing that I wonder about the most is: Imagine what we, as a gender, could accomplish if we thought about something, anything else besides how we look? Imagine. Would music be written, diseases cured, planets discovered, books written? What are we, as humans, missing out on because half of our population is constantly thinking about how they look?
BM: Tell us about yourself. Were there any other empowering ideas you had before this? What do you enjoy besides building confidence in young women?
OC: I am a photographer and I love being able to take photographs of people and show their beauty. It’s an honor.
BM: So, we know you run the site yourself. What does your day consist of? Any plans to bring on some help?
OC: I am also a mother and photographer, so my days are varied and busy. In regards to the site, I spend a lot of time answering emails and reading MyBodyStory submissions and deciding which ones to publish.
BM: Tell us a great story about your work with My Body Gallery. What is the best thing you’ve heard or seen since beginning the site?
OC: The thankful emails are the best part! Like this one:
A Facebook friend posted a link to this website with a little description of what it was about. That was yesterday. It hasn’t even been a full 24 hours and already this site has created an amazing sense of peace for me. One doesn’t realize the effect until after hitting the “Random” button over and over again, watching as body after body passes by. The beautiful truth that everyone knows but finds so hard, if not impossible, to face: Each person really is 100% unique. No two bodies are the same. Not a single one is better or worse than any other. I want to thank the creators of this project/site for helping me really realize and finally accept this truth. I’m 30 years old and have finally accomplished this seemingly impossible task for most women: Just loving the body that I’m in. I feel like I’ve had a moment of enlightenment and I’m truly grateful. I fully support what you are doing! Thanks again!”
BM: Do you have any plans to expand this beyond a website? Events? Publications? Etc?
OC: I would love to someday do a project that combines my photography with the mission of the site. What that will look like I’m still working on.
BM: We’re all about our “Bold” here at Bold Magazine. Can you show us yours?
OC: I believe that anything is possible. Anything. If you want something, or dream of something, just do it! There is power in action, in the moving forward toward your goal or dream or idea. It’s how I try to live. And how I hope to encourage those around me to live.

Bold Resources: 


Bold Resources: About Face

Hey Bold readers! We’ve got another great Bold Resource for you! We’re currently looking to do a much more in depth look at About Face, an incredible non-profit that focuses on body and face image. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about the group.

About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image. We do this through our three programs: Education Into Action media-literacy workshops; Take Action, which enables girls and women to develop and execute their own actions; and, their web site.

They are based in San Francisco, California. At this time, their workshops and action groups reach throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. But you can check them out on the web from all over the world. The About-Face vision is to imbue girls and women with the power to free themselves from the burden of body-image problems so they will be capable of fulfilling their varied and wondrous potentials.

Everywhere girls and women look, they see messages about their bodies and their selves, telling them they must be tall, blonde, tan, and sexually available. In fact, a woman can rarely separate her feelings about her physical body from her self-worth, especially in our media-saturated society. And the messages even the youngest girls are seeing and hearing are skewed, sexualized, and sexist.

These messages, part of what About-Face calls the “toxic media environment,” are contributing to a host of girls’ and women’s ills, including low self-esteem, depression, persistent anxiety over weight and appearance, extremely unhealthy diets and exercise regimens, and eating disorders. All of these problems interfere with a woman’s ability to function to the best of her abilities.

How it Started

In 1995, Kathy Bruin acted on her frustration with the unrealistic and limited images of women in advertising, not knowing that she was starting a movement and an organization. Using a photo of model Kate Moss from a Calvin Klein ad for Obsession fragrance, Kathy created a poster that stated “Emaciation Stinks” and “Stop Starvation Imagery”. Her friends and family helped her hang the poster on construction sites across San Francisco, and her personal rebellion received national media coverage.

This seminal action prompted an influx of supportive mail, unsolicited donations, and requests for information from people all over the country. By 1998, About-Face had 12 members, and Bruin began participating in panel discussions and other public education events about body acceptance, eating disorders, and the link with negative images of women in media. In 1997, she was a guest panelist at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee during a special event called “The Power of the image”

Today, About Face hosts their own blog, two photo galleries (of “winners” and “offenders”), directory of sites, ways you can get involved and make changes, etc. They are a GREAT bold resource.


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