Emma Watson criticises ‘dangerously unhealthy’ pressure on young women

Emma Watson has criticised the “dangerously unhealthy” image projected by the fashion industry and said the pressure to look perfect has taken its toll on her.

The actor has also described her doomed attempts to merge into the background as a student at an American university, where she found herself being trailed everywhere by British photographers. Read more

Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Barbie’s extreme proportions ‘make her easy to dress’ say the designers

If you ever thought that Barbie’s unearthly proportions were part of a sinister corporate plot to breed a generation of girls that would lust after spindly Twiglet legs, matchstick arms, waspish waists and enormous heads, it turns out you were wrong. The real reason, the toy’s manufacturer Mattel has claimed for the first time, is so her clothes fit. Read more

Would you have cosmetic surgery? We ask the people on the street

Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever, with take-up rising sharply with the end of the recession. We asked six Londoners whether they still see any taboo to going under the knife. Read more

Photograph: Eric Preau/Sygma/Corbis

What I’m really thinking: the bikini waxer

"I have had women cry, scream and push my hand away in agony"

Illustration: Lo Cole for the Guardian

Sali Hughes’s 25 top fixes to keep you looking young – without surgery

From fringes to facials, our resident beauty expert picks her top anti-ageing treatments

 Photograph: Perou for the Guardian

This is a great gallery from Lily Cole’s  visit to the Ghanaian producers of The Body Shop’s shea butter.

Here Lily helps pound the butter in preparation for packing into 25kg containers before being transported to The Body Shop factory. Photograph: Hazel Thompson for The Body Shop


Emer O’Toole wrote a tongue in cheek Q&A about her I-am-not-shaving experiment.

Here goes:

I have conducted an 18-month experiment in body hair on your behalf and will now answer the questions people most commonly proffer when confronted with my prodigious manes of untamed womanhood.

Read Emer’s post in full and tell us - to shave or not to shave?

Mother’s Day British beauty gifts

Traditional British toiletry brands are struggling at the moment - not least because people don’t realise that in recent years they have greatly improved the quality of their products. Another plus is that most are made in the United Kingdom. These are things that might enhance their appeal to mothers, says Sali Hughes