GEEK TO FLEEK Women are sharing their jaw-dropping transformations from gawky teens into gorgeous adults – and it’s hard to believe they’re the same person

GROWING up is a tough time with puberty filled with raging hormones, acne, braces and questionable fashion choices.

Our teenage years are usually referred to as our awkward phase, before we learned how to cut our hair and properly apply make-up.

 This woman definitely looks better with teeth

This woman definitely looks better with teeth.

Proving the glow-up is real, these woman have shared throwback snaps revealing how far they’ve come.

Photos show awkward teens with puppy fat, no eyebrows, some seriously emo looks and a very questionable wardrobe.

But over the years these women have grown into their features, dressed to flatter their shape – and learned to lay off the purple eye shadow.

They shared their transformation to Reddit’s Ugly Duckling thread, and we can’t believe some of these photos are of the same person.

No weigh

 This woman looks completely different after shedding some pounds

This woman looks completely different after shedding some pounds.

Red alert

 We love how she's rocking her natural beauty

We love how she’s rocking her natural beauty.

Brace yourself

 The awkward teen phase is strong with braces and glasses

The awkward teen phase is strong with braces and glasses.

Swept away

 Is this really the same woman? Unbelievable

Is this really the same woman? Unbelievable.

Eye say

 We're loving her sense of humour coming through in the photo

We’re loving her sense of humor coming through in the photo.

Blonde ambition

 The new hair colour on this woman totally transforms her

The new hair color on this woman totally transforms her.

On the fringe

 The shine on her hair is absolutely unreal - we need deets

The shine on her hair is absolutely unreal – we need deets.

Jump through hoops

 The hairstyle may be similar but her whole look has evolved

The hairstyle may be similar but her whole look has evolved.

Something blue

 Her beautiful blue eyes have been unleashed from behind her glasses

Her beautiful blue eyes have been unleashed from behind her glasses.

Say cheese

 The look is different but the smile is the same

The look is different but the smile is the same.

Get the chop

 This woman is totally rocking that bob - we love it!

This woman is totally rocking that bob – we love it!

Back to black

 The black and white photo still makes her look like a Hollywood star

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Women Are Growing Out Their Body Hair For ‘JANUHAIRY’ To Raise Funds To Tackle Climate Change

Women are ‘growing out their [body] hair to clear out the air’ as part of ‘Januhairy’, which this year is raising funds to fight climate change and restore natural habitats.

The campaign was launched last January and aims to ‘encourage the acceptance of body hair on women’ while also raising money for charity.

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Three days in to the world wide #januhairy movement, combating social pressures on what it means to be a ‘Woman’, or any identity for that matter, whilst raising money for @treesisters_official 🌱 protecting and restoring our natural habitat, as well as our bodies. How is your januhairy going so far? ‘Wait what? It’s januhairy 3rd already? Damn, isn’t it too late to join in?’ Umm NO OF COURSE NOT 🎉This is all about your individual experiences within the empowering community of Januhairy! Start now, start next week; you’re still spreading our message and challenging yourself and, in turn, fucking with the patriarchy… Visit ‘januhairy . org’ (without the spaces) for more info on the movement and the charity involved. Photo from @neonmoon whose products we are very excited to be involved with in our upcoming photo shoot! ’Waaat? A photo shoot? Wow!’. Yup, we are hosting a Januhairy photo shoot this weekend in London celebrating all beautiful hairy bodies!! There will for sure be a few little teasers on our stories all throughout the day, so keep your eyes peeled 👀 Hairy hugs!

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It was founded by Laura Jackson, who got the idea while she was a drama student at Exeter University and was growing her own body hair out for a performance. Since then, it has grown into an international campaign and this year it is raising money for charity TreeSisters, which works to protect forests and fund reforestation.

This year’s campaign was announced in a Facebook post that read: “A very hairy new year to you all!! Today marks the first day of #januhairy2020 where women all over the world come together to drop our razors for the month of January.

“The focus may be on women, but this movement includes all genders and identities. Let’s educate one another on ALL experiences within this ‘prickly’ subject.

“Our charity focus this year is to support TreeSisters in protecting, restoring and funding reforestation… We envision a world in which it is normal for everyone to protect and restore themselves and their world, a plight we resonate with as women, to protect and restore our personal natural habitats!

“If you are not personally joining in with Januhairy this year, I encourage you to talk about the it with others; if we see the same things again and again, it becomes normal.

“I hope the new year has wonderful things in store for each and every one of you!”

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Just over a week to go until #januhairy 2020! Are you thinking of taking up any challenges next month? Dry January? Veganuary? Why not try joining in with the many women around the world taking part in Januhairy! Januhairy is a project which has grown into (pun intended!) a wonderful community that empowers women globally, whilst also tackling the imminent issue of climate change that we are all facing together. This year we are raising money for the wonderful @treesisters_official in order to help regrow our planet whilst also battling stereotypes that we face every day. Disposable plastic razors contribute to the enormous issue of single use plastics polluting our Earth, so why not drop the razor, raise some money for a wonderful charity, whilst joining a loving and supportive community of women taking part. There is still time to get involved, so keep an eye out for our website launching tomorrow, as well as JANUHAIRY MERCH which will be coming very soon! We cant wait to embark on this challenge with you – let’s grow out our hair to clear the planet’s air! – photo by @topxrahman 🌿

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You can donate to the TreeSisters fundraiser here.

 

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Humans are biased when it comes to beauty, study says

They may try to downplay it, but the beautiful people have it pretty good: They snag hotter dates, score free food and land higher-paid jobs. Now, behavioral neurologists are revealing the primal instinct driving our bias for beauty.

A new study, led by scientists at Penn Medicine, seeks to understand our brain’s response to people with facial abnormalities, such as scars, birthmarks, dysplasia and other “deformities.” Their findings, published in Scientific Reports, show an inherent bias against the “disfigured” and innate preference for the conventionally attractive.

“Judgements on attractiveness and trustworthiness are consistent across cultures, and these assumptions based on facial beauty are made extremely quickly,” says lead study author Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, professor of neurology and director at Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics. “On the other hand, people with facial disfigurement are often targets of discrimination, which seems to extend beyond the specific effects of lower overall attractiveness and may tie in more with the pattern of results with stigmatized groups.”

Previous neuroimaging studies have shown that attractive faces trigger more substantial responses in the reward, empathy, and social cognition sectors of the brain, compared to readings taken from more average faces. This study digs deeper by focusing on disfigured faces and analyzing whether surgical solutions mitigate the negative response.

“In order to right any discrimination, the first step is to understand how and why such biases exist, which is why we set out to uncover the neural responses to disfigured faces,” Chatterjee says.

The study involved two experiments, both using a set of pre- and post-op photographs from patients who underwent surgical treatment for their abnormalities. The first behavioral study enlisted 79 participants to find out whether or not they were aware of their beauty biases. An implicit association test (IAT) was used to determine where folks naturally fell when it came to judging disfigured faces. Then an explicit bias questionnaire (EBQ) assessed how conscious they were of their preference.

While the participants showed no explicit bias on the EBQ, researchers saw a clear implicit preference for the non-disfigured faces, especially among men.

The second experiment involved a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) test to observe the neural response to the photo sets. The authors found an increase in activity in the ventral occipito-temporal cortical areas, which deals with vision processing, and decreases in the regions associated with empathy, specifically the anterior cingulate and medio-prefrontal cortex.

All this tells researchers that, in spite of common courtesy, people are unconsciously harboring negative biases against less attractive and disfigured faces, resulting in an inherent lack of empathy. The diminished activity in the anterior cingulate cortex also indicates a neural flag for dehumanization, supported by previous studies which show a similar response to other stigmatized groups, such as drug addicts or homeless people.

“The emphasis of attractiveness and its association with positive attributes highlights the pervasive effect of appearance in social interaction,” says Chatterjee. “While we found that corrective surgery mitigates negative social and psychological responses to people with facial anomalies, we are also exploring alternative strategies to minimize bias towards people with facial conditions.

 

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Woman Claims She Can’t Get Hired Cause She’s Too Pretty – People Can’t Believe This Is Her Excuse

“Sorry…I’m just not seeing it.” – Charles

It’s difficult out there in this economy to get a good gig. Many people are picking up multiple jobs just to get by. One woman who is having trouble securing a well-paying job says it’s not because of her qualifications, her experience, or her people skills, but because of her looks.

Irina Kova, is an attractive 33-year-old woman and says she has been the victim of discrimination, and claims she can’t secure a good job because she is too good looking. Speaking to The Sun, Irina said, “Even during the hiring process, being beautiful gets in the way.”

She references her law degree and having a sterling resume, but is still unable to secure something steady because of toxic workplaces that can’t see past her attractive appearance (apparently). Kova was even told by a recruiter to dye her blonde hair to look like less of a threat.

The slender woman obliged and switched her hair to brunette, and even started wearing glasses to look more homely, and not draw so much attention to her appearance.

“After I colored my hair, I was offered more work,” the 33-year-old said. She claims that she’s “been made to feel terrible in offices,” and that one boss came right out and told her to stop “standing out” and be more “humble.”

Irina says that her strong features make her stand out in an office environment even when she wears little makeup, and dresses conservatively.

One job was so bad that she was forced to quit because the manager wanted her to adhere more to the “corporate environment.” Talking to The Sun she said, “He was basically implying I was too glamorous to fit in.”

On top of having issues getting work and holding down a job, Kova says that her dazzling looks make it difficult to make friends with women, and that work places deliberately hire “less attractive women.”

Feeling she has no other options for work, the 33-year-old with a law degree has started her own business, a vintage clothing website.

Do you think being too attractive can cost you a job?

Is this why this woman is having issues getting hired?

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Kita – Chapter 29 – Sweet and Sexy

Another lovely day at the salon. Of course my little friend Kita is there.

“I’m going to see a shrink.”

“Why?”

“To help me deal with my depression over losing JR.”

“Okay. Well I’m sure it’ll help. It’s a tough time, and your friends and family can only do so much. It’s always good to get professional help when you can.”

“Yea. Do you have any snacks?”

“I do sweetheart. Let me get them from their hiding place.”

“Hiding place?”

“Yea. I have to hide any food I have here at the salon from Achilles. Anything he finds around the salon he eats. He can’t help it. He just loves to eat. There’s a secret little drawer in the back cabinet and I hid my snacks in there under some bags.”

“You’re funny!”

I return with an array of cereal bars she can choose from. She picks one and happily munches on it.

I love giving things to Kita. I like helping people in general, but it helps if you’re an adorable little Asian chick. I have a few more surprises for her today. I’m always trying to figure out new ways to improve her tanning experience. I hand her this:

“Ooooh! Sweet & Sexy! For me? Thank you! I love it! You’re so good to me Charles!”

Like our Kita, the lotion is sweet and sexy! I think it’s perfect for her. She’s never used a “hot” bronzer before. We call them tingle bronzers because they make your skin tingle when exposed to ultraviolet light.

There are all kinds of tanning lotions on the market. Perhaps you’ve used a few for yourself while out at the beach, inside at the tanning salon or simply to get a “tan” look. One very popular tanning lotion is the tingle tanning lotion. What’s so great about tingle tanning lotion you ask?

The reason these lotions are called tingle tanning is that they give a tingling sensation on your skin after you apply the lotion; hence the name. It’s certainly more intense than other tanning lotions on the market. What the lotion does is bring blood to the skin surface and, essentially, oxygen to affect the skin’s melanin. The more melanin that’s affected, the darker your skin is going to become. Basically the purpose to tingle tanning lotions is to boost the effects of UV rays you expose yourself to when lying in a tanning bed. Ultimate-inferno-tingle-lotion

Yes, your skin’s going to be red for approximately one hour after you tan. The redness is similar to a sunburn. However, the redness will fade and you’ll be fine.

What does it all mean? Basically, the lotion’s ingredients, Methyl Nicotinate or Benzyl, are designed to bring more oxygen into the skin by increasing the circulation of blood in your body as well as the increase the amount of oxygen on the surface of the skin. So, tingle tanning lotions are designed for people who want deep tans or have difficulty getting a tan.

Some folks give up on using tingle tanning lotions because of the sensation it gives. Some users have complained that the lotion is painful or uncomfortable. Other users haven’t made any complaints against this kind of lotion. It’s all depending on how rough your skin is and how high your pain level tolerance is. Everybody’s different, which means what you get from the experience could be different from your friends.

However, if you do endure whatever pain, if any, you will get the end result that the tingle tanning lotions are designed to do…give you tan skin!

If you can handle the temporary burning sensation you will come out of the bed looking darker.

When Kita comes out after her session she looks in the mirror. “Oh my God! I’m darker!”

She loves being dark as I’ve said before.

Baby’s happy.

“Thank you so much! You’re always taking good care of me!”

She hugs me tightly.  I feel her breasts compress against my chest. Then she places her hand on my cheeks and pulls my lips to hers. They are ripe, moist and yield to mine. It was a firm smooch but brief so as not to be discovered by a random client.

She smiles and I melt in her almond eyes. She grasps my hand and squeezes. “I have to go work on a presentation.”

Her hand slips away and she’s gone.

*Sigh…