The Perfect Body

If you haven’t heard, Victoria’s Secret came out with the Perfect “Body” campaign in the UK a couple days ago. As an advertisement for their new “Body” bra,
VS has ten thin models with the words “The Perfect ‘Body’” overlaid on top of them.

As if women need a reminder of our society’s homogenous definition of beauty, the ad features ten models with almost identical body shapes. The creators of
the ad probably didn’t think twice about the message it is sending, and to us, it’s irresponsible marketing.

 

As an all-girl company making smart undies, we think we can do better.

Through this photo, we showcase women who are often neglected by the media and traditional retailers. We show the multitude of shapes perfect bodies
can take.  We
stand with the petition of Gabriella Kountourides, Laura Ferris, and Frances Black for Victoria’s Secret to apologize and amend the wording
on their
advertisements for the “Body” bra.

If you feel the same way, share below.

  

These ladies are more than just pretty faces. From left to right:

Christina Vuleta | Founder at 40:20 Vision
Tinuade Oyelowo | New York based performance artist, who tackles issues of social/political injustices within her work
Kate Gardiner | Digital strategy consultant working with clients across the United States on national and globalfacing audience development
Hayley Rynehart | Founder of The Rynehart Agency
Cindy Gallop | Founder/CEO, IfWeRanTheWorld/MakeLoveNotPorn
Mellie Davis | Editor of TheFatApple & Social Media Strategist
Quinne Myers | The one-woman-show behind the dreamy loungewear label, she and reverie
Shelly Ni | Chief Product Officer of Propel, a company improving the food stamp application process, and founder of The League of Ladies, a feminist superhero underwear line
Gaïa Orain | Gaïa is a Brooklyn-based design strategist for non-profits. The lady makes magic in the kitchen and is the co-designer of the League of Ladies
Arlene Chung | Medical Education Fellow and Attending Physician at Maimonides Medical Center

Photography by Brister Photo

Isabella's Favorite Rosemary & Bittersweet Chocolate Quick Bread

 Rosemary & Bittersweet Chocolate Quick Bread (Recipe from Family Style Food)

Yield: 1 standard loaf or 4 mini loaves

ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup spelt flour (or use an equal amount of all purpose flour)
  2. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 cup olive oil
  9. 3/4 cup milk
  10. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  11. 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch or smaller pieces
  12. Rosemary sugar

instructions

  1. Position an oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly coat 4 small loaf pans (5" x 2") or one regular loaf pan with olive oil. Place the pans on a baking sheet. If using a single loaf pan, you can skip the baking sheet.
  3. Put the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and coriander in a large bowl. Use a whisk to blend the dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly. Add the olive oil and whisk together. Add the milk and rosemary and mix again just to blend.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, stirring gently to combine. Stir in the chocolate until evenly distributed.
  6. Divide the batter among the pans and smooth the top. Sprinkle tops evenly with some Rosemary Sugar, about 2 teaspoons each, or regular sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes for small loaves; 45- 50 minutes for standard loaf or until the tops are domed and a skewer inserted in the middle of the loaves comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a rack before slicing either warm or cool.