Twitter reacts to Kim Kardashian’s Unedited Bikini Pics

The debate of “she’s to fat” vs “she’s too thin” is a tale as old as time itself, but beauty standards for women have now started to stretch past this.

Kim Kardashian is the prime example of “she’s too plastic looking” vs “her natural body is disgusting”.

The reality star has been rumoured to have undergone plastic surgery to enhance her derriere, leading to her being known as having the most famous bottom on the planet.

Men and women across the world have celebrated the 31 year old’s body, but recently began to condemn her for ‘taking it too far’ with her apparently overly unnatural behind.

No stranger to a bikini shoot, Kim took to the beach on her recent holiday in Mexico and was inevitably photographed by onlooking paparazzi.

Unairbrushed photos of Kim’s body soon hit social media, showing her completely natural cellulite, which the internet attacked her for.

So to reiterate this, people were unhappy with how enhanced and ‘perfect’ and often photoshopped Kim Kardashian’s body is, so when they were shown unedited images of her body looking more human they were… still unhappy?

After the body shaming that ensued, others on Twitter then saw the irony and downright cruelty of tweeting about a woman’s body in such way, fighting against the hypocrisy.

Kim, on the other hand, kept her cool and remained unbothered by the hate.

However, instances such as this speak louder messages for the rest of the women in society who see others dragging women for how they look – whether it be natural or unnatural – and this can’t leave us with positive ways of viewing ourselves, and it teaches society that women’s bodies are up for discussion by the whole world.

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Why Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast is the feminist flick we needed

It’s a tale as old as time – helpless damsel falls in love with powerful prince and they live happily ever after.

However, since the turn of the century, cinema-goers have grown tired of this narrative.

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Instead, we want films where the girl saves the day, and does so while having success of her own.

Beauty and the Beast has always stood out as one of the empowering Disney princess films, alongside Mulan and Frozen, in striking contrast between the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.

Belle didn’t want to just be adored for her looks, marry to become a trophy wife, or keep her mind as small as her town.

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She wanted to read. She wanted to learn. She wanted to travel.

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I say Belle would totally be a feminist.

When Disney announced it was turning the 1991 classic animated film into a live action version, with Emma Watson as Belle, I have to admit I did a mini fist bump*.

(*Read: massive jump for joy and squeal of excitement.)

Emma has made a name for herself as a feminist icon, with her involvement with the UN in her #HeForShe project, her feminist book club Our Shared Shelf, and the countless times she has spoken out in feminism’s favour.

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With all this, we knew Emma would do Belle justice, and then some.

And she did not disappoint.

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Although Disney wanted to honour the iconic animated version by preserving what we love about it, it got on board with the 21st century mind-set that our princess heroines need to have a little more substance to them.

With this, Belle was given a back story.

We were shown immediately that she was just as skilled as her father in inventing, helping him with his machines from the beginning of the film to the end. We were told how her mother died, turning her from merely the woman who gave birth to Belle but to someone who was just as clever and strong as her daughter.

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As well as this, Beauty and the Beast featured another new scene where Belle demonstrates her innovative thinking, making an ahead of her time washing apparatus using her horse. A little girl sees her doing this and wants to learn more, leading to Belle helping her learn how to read.

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In moments such as these, Belle is shown as a progressive character – someone who wants to achieve new things and help others do the same too. The little girl wanting to learn more from Belle shows the hope Disney has for the young viewers of Beauty and the Beast. They want them too to look up to Belle and want to expand their mind.

Another bold move Belle makes is by demonstrating her capacity for choice throughout the whole movie.

In the 1991 version, while it is her choice to take her father’s place as the beast’s prisoner, and to go back and rescue said beast at the end, the male characters around her are instrumental in these decisions. Her father agrees to her sacrifice, and Chip, the adorably alive tea cup, repowers her father’s machine to travel back to the castle. In the remake, Belle forces her father out of the prison cell using the strength of her words and her body, and also comes up with her own idea on how to get back to the castle using her knowledge of lock picking and fearless travelling.

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These little changes are instrumental in reworking Belle from a clever, strong and progressive character, to a full on badass.

We know how much little girls look up to Disney princesses – I mean how many of them wanted to be Elsa for Christmas 2013. But with the new Beauty and the Beast, instead of them growing up wanting to be the girl who gets locked away just to fall in love, they now want to be the girls interested in learning and doing the same jobs as their fathers.

While we can say that most Disney films were already heading towards a less traditional narrative – with sisterly, not romantic, love being the main storyline in Frozen – Beauty and the Beast’s bold moves against shying away from the fear of changing too much from the original, (including opening the conversation on LeFou’s sexuality), can teach our society that we must do the same.

The film and its characters are telling us to be bold and tell our stories, and not to live in the shadow of what is expected of you as a woman or as someone in love.

On that note, I thank Beauty and the Beast for giving us a new fairytale to aspire to – one based on choice, realising your potential, and strength to be yourself.

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Celebrities Inspire As They Rally On Social Media For International Women’s Day

Wednesday (8 March) was 2017’s annual International Woman’s day;  a day celebrating women’s achievements worldwide, as well as highlighting the struggles we still face.

This year kicked off with showbiz’s finest joining forces to rally together for the Women’s March on 21 January.

Since then, it seems the celebrities of today are not afraid to stand up for equality, and have shown there support this IWD with tweets, ‘grams, and Facebook posts galore.

Here are just a few of their powerful messages, shared not from their protest signs, but their smartphones:

JK Rowling

The author has never been one to shy away from Twitter trolls, and was no different to her usual sassy self on IWD, slaying all the haters.

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Krysten has been tearing things down as Marvel’s Jessica Jones, but took to the ‘gram to remind women not to do the same to each other. She also reminded her followers of how to support IWD: by striking from work, refraining from shopping, or blacking out on social media.

Adele

Not only does Adele make beautiful music, but she also shares beautiful quotes like this one from Charlotte Whitton, the first female mayor in Canada, and all round badass feminist.

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The 17 year old has already made a name for herself as an activist, using her platform to raise issues about representation, women in STEM, and launching her own online mentoring group, Yara’s Club, for young women. Yara wore a shirt inspired by Maya Angelo, in which buying it supports Emerge America, EMILY’s List, Essie Justice Group, Girls Who Code, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women.

Matt Healy

Matt Healy of the 1975 shared a thoughtful message on the importance in fighting for women’s rights for the rest of society.

Katy Perry

One of the most followed people on social media, Katy Perry, used Instagram to remind her followers of the Day Without Women strike that was happening worldwide, reposting from the Women’s March account.

Zara Larson

Singer Zara thanked Twitter’s women of colour for teaching about intersectional feminism.

Dan Howell

The YouTuber told his millions of followers of how beneficial feminism is to all, and that it is inclusive too.

Lindsay Lohan

LiLo has been hitting the headlines for her conversion to Islam lately, (not that her newfound faith is harming anyone!), however, she chose to show the world some beautiful words from the Prophet Mohammed.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys looked ever the girl on fire showing us how fabulous it really is to be a woman.

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Sophie Turner

The Game of Thrones actress took to Twitter on IWD to announce her patronage to Women for Women, an organisation that helps female survivors of war rebuild their lives. This is what International Women’s day is all about, sharing how we can help other women.

Sophia Bush

Actress and activist Sophia was yet another celeb to share how the public can show solidarity for IWD.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Here we have an 18 year old quote that is still just as relevant today from Sarah’s 1999 iconic film Cruel Intentions.

Hopefully now the stars have taken to their smartphones in solidarity with feminism, their followers who were once too embarrassed or confused about the movement and days like International Women’s day will stand up and do the same too.