Body & Media Lab

Renee Engeln at Northwestern University

The Washington Post: Asking Women if They’re “Bikini Ready”

Come summertime, women’s magazines have already spent weeks convincing their readers that there are those who are “bikini ready” and those who are not. They splash on their covers Photoshopped images of skinny women to depict the beach body ideal. They say: Ladies, this is how you must look to be desirable.

With that kind of pressure, it’s no wonder women have become conditioned to harshly critique their bodies.

Read more at The Washington Post.