Moore shares advice to younger self

If Mandy Moore could go back in time, she’d have quite a bit of advice to give to herself.

While sitting down with Todays One Small Thing series, the This is Us star shared a few pieces of advice and lessons learned, according to Today, underscoring both the power of positivity and the perks of saying “yes” more often.

Sharing advice to her younger self, Moore offered that she wished she enjoyed her youth more instead of being so intensely focused on building her career.

” I feel like I passed up opportunities to go on trips and go out to dinner and hang out with my friends because I was so focused on the task at hand,” she said. “So I would tell my younger self to take a breath, enjoy the world around you a little bit more.”

But Moore had more to share; Today says the multi-hyphenate also discussed how to stay positive in our highly culled social media culture.

“Step away from the computer. Step away from the handheld device every now and then. I think having an honest line of communication, acknowledging the world around you and your friends and the real life people who exist. So much of what we present to people is a curated version of our lives, and I think keeping that positive perspective could be helpful.”

But make no mistake: Moore also wants us to know that no matter how perfect social media accounts may seem, we as human beings don’t have to try to live up to that unattainable standard.

“We’re all going to have things we don’t love about ourselves, but embrace the positive attributes and aspects of who you are,” she told Today. “That’ll get you going a lot further.”

Couldn’t agree more, Mandy. Watch her One Small Thing video here.

 

‘SI’ makes swimwear for all

Sports Illustrated is making a splash, and this time, it’s not for their swimsuit edition.

According to Today, the magazine recently unveiled a brand-new swim and activewear collection at Miami Swim Week, and the line is already earning rave reviews for its body inclusivity and stylish designs. The collection, called Sports Illustrated Swim and Active, spans a variety of styles, Today says, including “sexy, high-waisted bikinis, metallic one-pieces and floral designs, which several curvy models rocked on the runway in Miami.”

With models of all shapes and sizes walking pieces of the line down the runway, Today reports that many in attendance weren’t expecting such a body-positive display.

“You could hear the roar of the applause as they walked down the runway,” MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, told Today. “One girl came up to me after. She was a blogger, and she had just recently lost 100 pounds, and her eyes welled up. She just was like … ‘I couldn’t leave without thanking you and telling you how much this means to me.'”

What’s more is that these models have the chance to be featured in SI‘s swimsuit edition, says Today, as they were chosen from an open casting call in May and are currently competing for a chance to leave their mark on the magazine, which comes out in February.

Check out the new swimwear line and its body-positive models here.

Mom corrects daughter’s sexist homework

Sometimes, homework helps children learn the wrong things.

According to Glamour, children’s book editor Lynne Polvino found that to be true when she was helping her six-year-old daughter with her homework. Given a fill-in-the-blank worksheet that told the fictional story of a girl named Lisa, Glamour says the exercise told a tale of a young girl who was unhappy that her mother went back to work, while her “inept” father had to make her breakfast and forced her to wash dishes after.

Shocked at the messages the worksheet was sending to students, Glamour says Polvino “emailed her daughter’s teacher, and says the teacher replied that she agreed that the worksheet was outdated and would more carefully review future assignments.”

But her efforts didn’t end there: she decided to rewrite the worksheet, says Glamour, working in details that made the worksheet less misogynistic and more representative of working parents today. Not only is Lisa happier in Polvino’s story, her family also shares responsibilities, according to Glamour:

“Lisa’s mother receives parental leave because her workplace ‘valued her important contributions,’ and her father is now home on his leave and ‘contributing equally’ to the running of the household. Lisa’s dad makes breakfast easily, because testicles don’t get in the way of scrambling eggs. In what might be her best line, Lisa washes her dishes ‘because all functional humans should learn to clean up after themselves and help others.'”

Lisa even enjoys school in Polvino’s tale, Glamour reportsbecause she has “play-based learning” and “plays with Legos at a federally funded after school program.”

Let’s hope more worksheets like Polvino’s populate classrooms very soon.

See a side-by-side comparison of the worksheets here.

Graham gives body-positive advice from mom

Moms always know just what to say.

Take Ashley Graham’s mom, for instance. In a new interview with V Magazine, the model told of the first time she uncovered cellulite on her body in middle school, reports Refinery29. 

“I remember telling my mom, ‘Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly,’” Graham said, according to Refinery29. “She pulled her pants down and said, ‘Look, I have it, too.’ And I was like, ‘Gasp!’ She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue.”

Today adds that Graham hopes to see the culture surrounding body imperfections change, saying “If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, ‘Who cares!’”

Besides focusing on accepting the outsides of our bodies, Graham said doing so can only begin by loving who you are on the inside.

“I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day,” she said, according to Refinery29. “Say to yourself, ‘I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.’ For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.”

Truly words to live by.

DeGeneres makes history at PCAs

In addition to making television viewers smile every day, Ellen DeGeneres is also making history.

According to TODAY, the voice of Dory from Finding Dory and everyone’s favorite daytime talk show host won three awards at the Jan. 18 People’s Choice Awards, giving her a record-breaking total of 20 People’s Choice Award wins.

While accepting her history-making award, TODAY says DeGeneres was flanked by “two rows of 10 well-dressed men onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, each holding one of her Waterford crystal People’s Choice Awards.”

“This is amazing,” she said in her acceptance speech, TODAY reports. “Seventeen, I get it. Eighteen, sure. Nineteen, I can see that. But 20 is outrageous.”

Giving DeGeneres her 20 awards were three awards at this week’s PCAs, which TODAY says were for “Favorite Daytime TV Host, Favorite Animated Movie Voice (for ‘Finding Dory’) and Favorite Comedic Collaboration (with Britney Spears).”

 

Weiner encourages women to #WearTheSwimsuit

Summer is here and there’s more than just humidity in the air. Thanks to author Jennifer Weiner, body positivity is flowing around the Internet just like a warm weather front.

According to TODAY, the “Who Do You Love” author took to social media recently to encourage women to share their swimsuit selfies online using the hashtag ‘#WearTheSwimsuit.’ With a goal of helping women of all ages, shapes and sizes to see that they are beautiful in their own skin while also dispelling the myth of the “perfect beach body,” Weiner kicked off her social media movement sharing her own swimsuit selfie, says TODAY.

In her post, Weiner shared the impetus behind the #WearTheSwimsuit campaign, explaining that while society is slowly starting to be more accepting of various body types, many women are still “missing out” on summer fun because they dread the mere thought of putting on their swimsuits. But, she said, that can change. She wrote:

“Science shows that the more non-supermodel bodies we see, the less likely we are to beat up on ourselves. That’s true for women, and for girls, too many of whom start worrying way too early about how they look and what needs fixing.”

Since her June 30 post, many women have shared their own swimsuit photos with adjoining messages of self-confidence and self-acceptance, says TODAY. While the #WearTheSwimsuit movement has already commanded a significant response, the closing words of Weiner’s post call us to not only participate by sharing our swimsuit selfies, they also encourage us to inspire a change in those around us.

“We all need to be the change we want to see in the world,” she wrote, according to TODAY, “and so, this weekend, I hope you’ll consider being the woman that the women and girls in YOUR life see in a swimsuit.”

To see photos from the #WearTheSwimsuit campaign, click here.

 

 

A ‘model’ for all ages

H&M‘s latest swimwear campaign doesn’t feature an up-and-coming 20-year-old model, nor does it feature a model concealed in layers upon layers of makeup. Yet, the face of the retailer’s recent swimwear advertisements is beautiful anyway.

Fashion stylist and model Gillean McLeod is taking centerstage in H&M’s newest swimwear campaign, according to TODAY Style, and she’s doing so at the age of 60. The resident of Los Angeles, California only began modeling seven years ago, though TODAY Style says McLeod thought about pursuing the career path when she was a teen.

Explaining that she wasn’t very confident in herself back then, McLeod told TODAY Style, “I think it’s better at this point in my life” that she pursue modeling.

Proving that she now has all the confidence that she thought she once lacked, McLeod’s ads for H&M show her sans professional hair and makeup styling, according to TODAY Style, revealing her natural beauty.

McLeod told TODAY Style that she’s shocked by the response that she’s been getting from the campaign, as she’s been flooded with new followers on social media. “It’s been a positive response but I’ve stopped reading everything, because you can go down a rabbit hole with those things,” she said.

While McLeod proves that age does not determine beauty, the model herself shared with TODAY Style the importance of being confident at who you are — no matter your age.

“I think that women need to be comfortable with themselves. You just have to start with yourself, you can’t look at these retouched magazines,” she explained. “You have to love yourself.”

 

ModCloth dives into body-positive swimwear

Everybody has a bikini body — that’s what ModCloth’s new swimwear line is proving.

According to TODAY, the body-positive fashion retailer announced earlier this week the launch of their in-house swimwear line, “High Dive by ModCloth.” Featuring everything from retro to sexy silhouettes, TODAY says the campaign to promote the new line places the company’s employees and customers in front of the camera to model the styles.

ModCloth co-founder Susan Gregg Koger told TODAY that these swimsuits aim to please women of all shapes and sizes.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about unreal women and real women — we’re all real women, we all have bodies,” she said. “And when we put swimsuits on, we all have swimsuit bodies.”

With a Los Angeles photoshoot featuring employees and customers alike, Koger explained that she hoped to celebrate the diversity of the female figure — something the company has stood behind since its inception and still sees a need to address today.

“This is still an important conversation,” Koger told TODAY. “If you look around on social media and at everything that’s been happening — Amy Schumer calling out Glamour for putting her in the plus-size issue… the conversation is definitely still relevant.”

While the company and its new line aims to celebrate all body types, Koger said that thinner women are certainly not excluded from their mission.

“Women who have figures that are more like traditional models are real women as well, right?” she offered, according to TODAY. “So we wanted to do even more, and show the diversity in the ModCloth community. That’s part of what makes life so beautiful and interesting.”

Helping to kick off the launch of the line is a new video series called the Hot Tub Roundtable. The series’ first installment features Koger and three female entrepreneurs enjoying a hot tub while decked out in the new ModCloth swimwear, discussing “what it’s like to be a boss and run your own business in the digital age,” reports TODAY.

Hoping to put out a new video at least every other month, Koger told TODAY, “”I’m excited to sit down with other interesting women — I want to talk to women of different ages, women from different backgrounds … Let’s get a rocket scientist in the hot tub! That would be so cool.”

 

 

 

McCarthy’s Positively Body Positive

Melissa McCarthy launched her extended-size clothing line, Seven7, in 2015, with the aim of giving women of all sizes the fashionable outfits they deserve. But since then, McCarthy has been all about sharing the body positivity beyond the seams of an outfit.

According to Today.com, the actress told Redbook magazine that clothing does make a difference in the way women feel about themselves, and the same hold true for her.

“When I feel good about my clothes, I’m more patient with my kids. I don’t beep at the guy in his car texting in front of me. I look at the world a little differently. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way,” McCarthy said.

But clothing shouldn’t be the only thing that makes women appreciate themselves, she said; women should love themselves for who they are, no matter what.

“With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another,” she offered. “Who wore it best? Whose butt’s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?”

McCarthy even wants to extend this message to her two daughters, saying she’d rather be in pain for her daughters than have them internalize negative messages about their looks.

“Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself,” she said.

Explaining that there appears to be an epidemic in the United States of poor body image, McCarthy explained that this is largely due to basing our image of what we look like on a select portion of the population — and such enculturation starts at a young age.

Despite this, McCarthy argued that what matters most is that we are all happy and healthy.

“My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”

 

#NOFOMO

After Target’s February announcement that they’d be teaming up with DC Comics to create super hero girls and an empowering apparel line to match, Today.com reports that the retailer has just unveiled an inspiring social media campaign just in time for the upcoming warm weather.

Target’s latest endeavor, the #NOFOMO campaign, aims to promote body positivity one swimsuit selfie at a time, says Today.com. The initiative is “all about shaking off body insecurities and not letting anything get in the way of having fun in our swimsuits,” according to the company.

Even Barbie is getting in on the #NOFOMO action — especially that she now comes in varying shapes and sizes. Dressing the dolls in miniature look-alikes of Target’s swimsuit line, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Target Jeff Jones told TODAY in a statement that the company is excited about Barbie’s evolution and their role in the campaign.

“She’s had an undeniable impact on our culture for decades and now is helping to evolve the conversation about inclusivity,” he said. “Given our belief in every body, we loved the idea of working with Mattel to find a way for Barbie to join our swim campaign.”

While the campaign obviously promotes Target’s swimsuits, the pieces are shown on women of various sizes, something Jones said is something Target celebrates.

“We’ve seen tremendous strength in our swim business, which has been driven by assortment, presentation and our approach to marketing,” Jones said in a statement. “Our work celebrates the fact that people come in various shapes and sizes, and it’s ignited a meaningful conversation with our guests.”

Jones summed up the underlying theme of the project in this way: “There’s no perfect body type, but we believe, and want to celebrate with our guests, that there is the perfect swimsuit for every body type, and that’s where Target has you covered.”