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.”


Amy Harman Helps Heal from the Inside Out

"I figure if something I say can help even one person, it's worth it!"- Amy Harman LMFT, Becoming a Better Woman

Every woman’s problems are the same, right? Wrong! Amy Harman, LMFT, and creator of Becoming a Better Woman certainly doesn’t agree! “I truly believe that each person is an expert on her own experience,” she said when discussing the Stories of Strength section of her site. “Sharing individual stories helps us all understand the issue a little bit better and provides creative solutions that other women may find helpful in their own lives.”

And, that’s just one area of Becoming a Better Woman! Harman discusses lifestyle issues, body image, books, media, movies, parenting and more! She began her site to as she adjusted her full time schedule as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to stay home with her son. Working primarily with girls and women who struggle with eating disorders, she decided that her passion might be best suited for a blog and website. “I figured writing a blog would keep me connected with women’s therapy issues and benefit my readers.  I hope that my site provides good information on women’s issues.”

What kinds of issues does Harman discuss? Everything from depression, eating disorders, addiction, body image, marriage, and parenting, to media, personal stories, and more! “Women often experience mental health and relationship issues differently than men, so it’s important to talk about these issues from a woman’s perspective.”

Becoming a Better Woman gets…better?

The goal for Harman to make her site more comprehensive on women’s issues, so that it can be a one-stop shop for women who are looking for information on issues they may be facing. And, in the Fall, Harman plans to add pages that contain therapy referrals and a list of recommended self-help books. “Someday I hope to get some advertising on my site from mental health providers,” says Harman.

Harman is all about what’s on the inside. So, instead of focusing on fashion and beauty tips, she wants to make her site relevant for young women who struggle with real issues. “I figure if something I say can help even one person, it’s worth it!”

Naturally, Amy Harman is Bold!

Of course we had to ask what makes Amy Harman bold. And, this is what she had to say:

What makes me unique and beautiful is that I can see the best in people and have compassion for their circumstances.  This ability keeps me energetic and positive about life.  Our relationships with other people is what makes the world go round, so it makes sense to see the best in others.  It also makes sense to be compassionate to ourselves!

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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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