Jennifer Gunter: Women are being told lies about their bodies

Dr Jennifer Gunter is the worlds most famous and outspoken gynaecologist. And shes on a mission to empower women with medical facts, taking on wellness gurus, old wives tales, the patriarchy and jade eggs along the way Dear Ms Paltrow, began Dr Jen Gunters Goop. Paltrow claimed that inserting one into the vagina would improve a womans life, in at least four ways. It is the biggest load of garbage I have read on your site since vaginal steaming. Its even worse than claiming bras cause cancer. But hey, you arent one to let facts get in the way of profiting from snake oil. And so it began. It was a war on wellness an industry now worth more than …

The story of The Dress: how a 40 Zara frock stole the summer

This years unexpected viral fashion hit is suitable for all weathers and sizes, as comfortable as a nightie and currently unavoidable. But why are its fans so happy to be seen in the same outfit as someone else? The dress is very good friends with leather jackets, red lipstick, Birkenstocks, Veja trainers, totes and cross-body shoulder bags. It does not have time for the performance of modern femininity an embarrassment of Lycra, neon and scratchy lace. It can be worn when the weather is intolerably warm and your day stretches ahead of you work, drinks, dinner and it wont chafe or itch. The dress is on your side. You will have met the dress by now, even if you dont …

The models have bellies, hips and thighs that jiggle: the rise of body-positive swimwear

From larger-cup bikinis to modest beachwear, fashion is finally beginning to cater for a range of womens bodies If theres one thing Sasha Khan loathes, it is shopping for swimwear. Which makes it a strange coincidence that, on the day we speak, Khan has just been bikini shopping. I buy swimwear about once every 10 years, she says. The 23-year-old charity worker from London is flying to Ibiza tomorrow. I always put it off. I hate it. Its like having to go to the dentist or get your eyes tested. The reason Khan hates bikini shopping is because she is a size 10-12, with a 32FF bust, and few retailers design swimwear for women with relatively narrow backs and larger …

‘They have you in a cultish grip’: the women losing thousands to online beauty schemes

It sounds too good to be true earn money selling makeup on social media. And for many, it is. What really happens when you join a multi-level beauty business? When a Facebook friend told Lindsay about a genius business opportunity in January 2015, the Manchester-based NHS laboratory assistant was already struggling for money. She had spent the last two years caring for her elderly father, and the stress meant she frequently missed shifts at work. Unwell with chronic fatigue syndrome and struggling to pay the household bills, Lindsay was instantly curious about her friends offer. I hardly had any money coming in, and I was looking at everything, doing all the maths, and there just wasnt enough, Lindsay says now …