Under Armour’s commercials traditionally focus on the gritty, tough side of athleticism, sending the message that wearing their products will turn you into some muscled, gruff super-athlete. With its new women’s campaign, however, Under Armour is taking a different approach.
The campaign began with an ad featuring ballerina Misty Copeland. A pioneer in her field, Copeland is one of the only African-American dancers to be a part of the American Ballet Theater (ABT). In her commercial, she demonstrates her athletic ability and grace while a young girl’s voice reads a rejection letter from ABT; the rejection letter Copeland received when she initially applied.
In the letter, Copeland is told she has the wrong body for ballet and is too old to be considered for the program. She has clearly proved the letter writer wrong as she proudly dances across a stage while her credentials are displayed: Soloist, American Ballet Theater.
The ad went viral, and so did its message, “I will what I want.”
Nine weeks ago supermodel Gisele Bundchen gave birth to her daughter, Vivian Lake Brady. The gorgeous model debuted her post-baby body in a black bikini on a recent vacation to Hawaii, as reported by People Magazine. Gisele has given birth to two children, yet she remains in tip top shape even within weeks of giving birth.
How does the Brazilian model get her body back in shape post baby? According to Shape, the supermodel is loyal to a strict kung fu workout routine. Gisele has been completing 90 minutes of kung fu three times a week for the past four years.
Yao Li, Gisele’s kung fu instructor, explained that, “Practicing kung fu improves muscle tone and flexibility in the lower body. Blocking drills and hand techniques do the same for the upper body, especially the shoulders and arms.” (more…)
When we think of alone time, we often picture ourselves shopping without chasing children, having a quiet pedicure, or simply lying in the bathtub uninterrupted. For some truly quality alone time, you don’t have to go much further than inside your own mind. Meditation is a contemplative state where by you silently remove yourself from the physical and the present to reflect, increase clarity, and find a more serene or deeper state of consciousness.
It’s an ancient practice, often associated with yoga, that’s becoming increasingly popular in our scattered, harried, pressure-cooked society. Business professionals use it to decompress after a tough meeting or even find their center before heading in to the bull pen. Men and women alike use meditation to strengthen their minds, reduce stress, and even attain that “me time” that is so necessary.
It’s something Julia Roberts’ character in Eat Pray Love grappled with during the pray portion of her journey at an Indian ashram. But in real life, celebrities are embracing it seemingly with ease for a vast many reasons.
For instance, Richard Gere says a meditation practice helps him to stay grounded amongst the excess of Hollywood life. Eva Mendes credits meditation for helping her mine her best creativity, according to Well and Good. And Gisele Bundchen, who delivered her second child at home this month, has called meditation the source for her post-baby weight loss.
“A regular meditation practice creates mindfulness. Being mindful helps keep us from feeling distracted and impatient with life when things don’t go our way,” said Jill Lawson, our resident yogi expert. “When we are fully aware of our feelings through the practice of meditation, we can move toward being more proactive, instead of reactive. Taking action versus being frustrated is the first step in living a joyful life.”
We found 20 famous men and women who have dedicated themselves to the art and practice of meditation. If this group can make Power Bracelets, veganism, and the Master Cleanse a storming success, maybe they can serve as models to make us all a bit more mindful out here in the real world. (more…)
Their lifestyles are magnetic. Their beauty enviable. Their snacks sharable. Over-indulging in greasy or sweet foods could be considered an occupational hazard for these 10 famous faces. So they keep hunger at bay with their favorite snacks.
Many of us can don our favorite pair of jeans or even our bathing suits and feel pretty confident with how we look. But looking good naked? Yikes! For those of us whose name is not Gisele Bundchen, we feel like turning off the lights, closing the drapes and throwing towels over our bedroom mirrors when we are sans clothing.
But leave it to Oprah Winfrey and famed stylist Carson Kressley, one of the Fab Fives from the television show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” to save us from our naked misery. Friday on Oprah, the show is reaired an episode on how to look good naked.
Kressley does NOT suggest that you starve yourself on a 3-day crash diet or wear the piece of spandex cinched around your waist to make your middle look smaller. Instead, he focuses on the crux of our incalculable fear in being bare: Self-Esteem.
With some very creative and heartfelt ways of communicating with these women, he tries to show us that all the self-berating we inflict upon ourselves, is just that: a harmful dialogue that exists in our heads and in our heads only. In fact, when it comes down to it, more often than not, we see ourselves much heavier than what we really are.
You’ll have to turn into Oprah on Friday to see how he accomplishes this factual and illuminating reality. One of the lines that I love from this show is “You don’t have to be perfect to be pretty.” Isn’t that true? If you have ever dealt with a weight issue or body image problem, watch this episode. It’s 60 minutes of television that has the capacity to really change how you see yourself.