Tallulah Willis Talks About Her Own Sense Of Beauty, Style And Body Dysmorphia

Tallulah Willis spoke with The What's Underneath Project to discuss her diagnosis of body dysmorphia and the affect it has had on her personal style. 

Tallulah Willis recently sat down for a chat with The What's Underneath Project. They filmed her speaking about herself and her process of discovering beauty and style within herself. At each step she removes a piece of clothing. 

The concept is an interesting one. We all hide in some form or fashion. Our clothing masks and highlights. It's an expression as much as it can be an afterthought.  Clothing, style, attitude. They all serve a purpose helping us define ourselves to ourselves and to the world. They change. And so do we. 

Tallulah talks about hiding and distracting her face using her body and sexuality. Push-ups and short shorts.  Of course there is nothing to hide, she's gorgeous.  And so are all of us. 

Professor’s Authority and Power Over Students Abused

Furman Hall Vanderbilt Campus

All of us activists for women rights, who believed the 18th century style of repression of women and their rights was long over, find ourselves staring in disbelief at the recent statistics about the treatment of women on college campuses. Official stats report, that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted by a student or professor, during her four years of college.

That's twenty percent of our young women training to become the future leaders of our society. Obviously they should not be forced to confront harassment, discrimination, or assault by the instructors who they effectively have hired to give them the education and knowledge they need to fulfill their ambitions.

When you take a minute to digest this, like me, you probably will begin to wonder how we call ourselves a “civilized” society.

One student is suing. In this case, a professor "routinely called her ugly, fat and... stupid in front of other students." Huh? 

The same professor "required the female graduate students to attend a boat party where the male professors became intoxicated and were allowed to make romantic and sexual advances on the students." For some, college life sucks.

It shouldn't.

The supervisor of this Vanderbilt professor responded saying, "in his opinion, it was nothing but a personality conflict." 

You’re damn right it was a personality conflict... a conflict between the personality of a normal, ambitious woman aware of her rights, and a sick man. 

Can this isolated lawsuit fix the trend that innocent women have endured? No. But it will surely make universities more discerning about the hiring and practices of their teachers. 

In April a compliance review was launched by U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights at Vanderbilt concerning the handling of cases of sexual misconduct on campus. 

The Grand Dame of the Modeling Industry Dies at 92

A lady who influenced the standards of beauty for more than forty years while being the founder and head of one of the most recognizable brands in the modeling industry, has died at age 92 on Wednesday, in Morristown, N.J.

On a that sad Thursday, Eileen’s death in the Morristown Memorial Hospital was announced to the public by her beloved daughter, Katie Ford. Mrs. Ford lived her life in Califon, N.J., in Hunterdon County.

Eileen Ford and Jerry Ford Founders of  Ford Models

Ford Models, one of the oldest, most famous and respected modeling agency has been founded by Mrs. Ford and her husband, Jerry in the late 1940s, having since climbed to the world’s top. Apart from just being one more of successful modeling agencies, it did much more. It brought a kind of revolution in the modeling world – elevating modeling as a profession into serious career and business with millions of dollars contracts, representing thousands of stylish, beautiful women and creating a market trends suitable for the creation of “supermodel”, a select handful of top performing models who could demand salaries unrivalled by world’s highest paying professions.

While Mr. Ford was responsible for managing the business and taking care of all the technical aspects, Eileen Ford became the widely recognized face of the agency as well as it’s main talent scout, with an uncanny ability to literally pluck young women from the crowd and turn them into successful models.

Among hundreds of celebrities who made their name with Ford Models, you can find Hollywood stars like Suzy Parker, Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Brooke Shields, Candice Bergen, and Rene Russo, models, or even lifestyle moguls like Martha Stewart who, long before becoming who she is now, was in the Ford in order to help pay her way through college.

Eileen Ford Mark Shaw 1955

Mr. and Mrs. Ford have became a moral pillars of the industry that have set it on a good track for years to come. Mr. Ford was famous for improving the style of the models by teaching them proper grooming, etiquette and conduct while Mrs. Ford had some models eat dinner with her, each night because she “doesn’t want to tell a mother she doesn’t know where her daughter is at 2. AM”.

On the other side, she was criticized for being too direct or harsh with would – be models that applied, which she explained by the fact that she has to see several thousands of potential models each year and she has no time for politeness when expressing what’s wrong and why people can’t be models.

Mrs. Ford will always be remembered as one of the founding members of not just Ford Models, but modeling industry as we know it today. The pillars against model exploitation she has set will remain an example for decades to come, while her name will most often be mentioned in a positive context.