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These Side-by-Side Photos Prove You Don’t Know What Healthy Looks Like

You're familiar with the concept of before-and-after photos, right? Right. We are too. But "after-after" photos are new to us, and a body-positive Instagrammer named Michelle Elman is showing us what two seemingly similar post-weight loss photos can teach us about being healthy and how to get there.

On top of everything else, Elman's story is a critical reminder that we're almost never going to be in a place to make assumptions about someone else's health. We can't tell which photo is her healthy one just by comparing them, and that's exactly the point. We'll let her explain why:

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Plus-Size Triathlete Proves Most of Us Don’t Know What Being Fit Looks Like

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Krista Henderson is one incredible athlete. She has competed in more than 20 races—triathlons, duathlons, and half-marathons. Plus, she’s a personal trainer and a spin instructor. Now she has one more thing to add to her impressive résumé: She’s the newest face of Lane Bryant’s activewear line, Livi. Henderson doesn’t have your stereotypical athletic build—and that’s the point. Lane Bryant’s newest campaign showcases super-fit women of all shapes and sizes, proving there’s not just one way to be healthy and in shape.

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Amber Tamblyn’s Sexual Assault Mad Libs Is Sad Proof We All Know How the Story Goes

You might remember Amber Tamblyn as the wonderfully angsty Tibby in The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants movies, but more recently, she’s been in the spotlight for a much more serious matter. Following Donald Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” remark, the actress shared the story of an abusive ex-boyfriend doing exactly that to her at a club.

Before the story went viral, Tamblyn called her mother, so she wouldn’t hear about her daughter’s sexual assault on the news first. And in a powerful essay for Glamour, Tamblyn talks about that conversation. Not only was her mother “unshockingly unshocked” (an unfortunate testament to the world we live in), she had a similar story of her own. To illustrate how terribly common these stories have become, Tamblyn wrote her mother’s story Mad Libs style:

Go ahead and fill in the blank of my mother’s story. It’s easy, isn’t it? I was at a ________, and a guy _________. I was _______ years old and the father of one of my friends __________. I was at work and my boss ___________. I was walking down the street and __________. I exist, therefore ___________ is bound to happen.

Tamblyn is talking about her mother, but most women can fill in one (or many) of those blanks based on something they’ve experienced. And that’s exactly the problem.

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We Know They’re Just Trying to Sell More Bras, But This Aerie Ad Makes Us So Damn Happy

Most lingerie ads leave women feeling crappy about their bodies. But Aerie’s commercial for the launch of the Sunnie bra makes us want to get up and dance. The pop ballad “Love Yourself” blasting in the background may have something to do with it, but these women—a mix of models, designers, bloggers, and Aerie fans—really look like they’re having the best time.

They’re not trying to be anything but themselves, and it’s just fun to watch. “Don’t worry about fitting in,” says Yecca Zeng, an Aerie bra designer. “Standing out is way more fun.” We like the sound of that.

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