Ride the Wave

The New York Times recently ran an article about actresses and their move to “step off the scale,” along with a slide show titled Plump and Proud. 

This was inspired by the likes of Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rebel Wilson, etc., along with other, less famous women who are speaking out publicly about their bodies, themselves. One of the most recent examples is Jennifer Livingston, the news anchor who aired a smackdown on the guy who sent her an email criticizing her physique.

Some recent News with a capital N in the celeb world is that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes in 2013, a turn of events that is probably a bigger deal than it should be in this century, but women are not usually hired to host major award shows. When they are, they invariably have a male sidekick, even when he’s far less competent *coughfranco*

There are also countless endeavors out there that align with the mission of RLB – blogs, public actionstumblrsprojects, videos, memes, organizations, etc. – to improve body confidence among girls and women, and to promote representations of girls and women in the media that reflect authenticity and diversity.

This is all very exciting. This is some serious momentum for ownership of our own beauty, health, and tenacity. Our work is far from done, but… It’s All Happening.

So how do we ride this wave? How do we, you and me and all of the non-famous, out of the public sphere gals, take up this rabble rousing for ourselves? What can we do to embrace and promote this culture of confidence and positivity?

In answer to these questions, RLB has decided to launch a new site called Kick Up Your Heels. KUYH (aka Karate Chop Noise!) will be a place for inspiration, motivation, and positive action. Think of it as real-world application in your own life, as an extension of all the lady celebrating we do here on RLB. We want You to be your Best Self, and we want to help you in ways big and small.

These simple steps will help you either begin or continue living with confidence and positivity. Find your Moxie! Grab your Gumption! Kick Up Your Heels!

Until next time on RLB… here it is, your moment of yin:

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