Sarah Shore, comparative culture and politics sophomore at MSU and member of Spartan Body Pride, participates in the activity designed for the organization meeting on October 25th, 2017.

MSU organizations strive to promote body positivity

Two student organizations at Michigan State University are striving to promote body positivity on campus. Kaitlyn Pscodna, vice president of media for MSU CHAARG, said CHAARG is a growing women’s health and wellness group on campus that promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle for college-aged women. “We currently have 300 members, which is crazy awesome because last semester we only had 95,” Pscodna said. CHAARG gathers members together by meeting every Wednesday to do a different workout each week, and instructor from the Lansing community who owns their own business conducts the class. Aside from workouts, Pscodna said CHAARG has helped a lot of girls, including herself, feel better about themselves through knowing they are not alone when feeling insecure about their physical appearance.

Stack pulls up her Instagram profile, which has grown to over 1,200 followers.

Photo manipulation apps leading to unrealistic expectations

The use of photo manipulation applications is causing some social media consumers to compare themselves to unrealistic images. Apps such as Perfect365 and Facetune include features and tools that manipulate aspects of the face and body. Yoni Sudry, a customer service specialist at Facetune, said when the Facetune app was created, the goal was to create a powerful portrait editing tool with unique features available on a mobile device. “Some of our most popular features according to customers are smooth skin, whiten teeth, ability to change backdrops,” Sudry said. Sudry said the popular app opened in 2013, and the second version of the app, Facetune 2, was released in 2016.

MSU student starts blog promoting body positivity

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gabrielle Seghi, kinesiology junior at Michigan State University, created her own body-positive health blog last spring. Seghi said she started her blog, Free Bird, in hopes to share her knowledge with others and remind individuals that images in the media are not always reality. “I think everyone’s body is so beautiful because everyone is so different– and I think that is important to accept,” Seghi said. Seghi said she creates blog posts about different fitness tips and strives to promote confidence when individuals step into a gym, even if they are just starting.

Individuals use art in attempt to embrace body imperfections

EAST LANSING, Mich. — We’ve all thought about using paint on paper and canvas, but have you ever thought about using art on top of a body insecurity? Individuals are now using body glitter and tattoos to combat negative self image– sending a  message to not only be okay with our scars, but to show them off. Tabarah Emovon, a special effects makeup artist from London, United Kingdom said she uses glitter to fill in her stretch marks, and then later posts the finished product on Instagram where her followers have the opportunity to give feedback. “They all loved them!

Vanity sizing: Is it hurting body image?

Some shoppers are steering clear of retail shops that size inconsistently, in order to keep their body image at ease. A term called vanity sizing is a large reason why an individual can be a certain size in one store, but a completely different size in another store. For example, an individual can be a size 4 in one store, yet size 8 in another. Melanie Rickey, founder of Fashion Editor At Large, said stores create their own sizing using the average size of their customers, and label the garment a smaller size than it should be. “Vanity sizing is clothing sizes that are smaller than they should be, to make women feel good about their dress size,” Rickey said.

Mason High School prepares for 13th annual talent show

By Abby Burbary
The Mason Times

Mason High School is preparing for its 13th annual Indoles talent show, where all proceeds will be donated to the Rylan Cotter Memorial scholarship. According to the MHS website, the show will take place on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7p.m.

MHS math teacher Steve Jackson said he helped start the show 13 years ago as a student-teaching intern through Michigan State University. Jackson said the internship required that he take part in a community service project, which is where he produced the idea of showcasing the talent at Mason High School. “There were many people out there who had amazing talents to show but we never got to see, so we needed a place for that,” Jackson said. Jackson said his favorite performance throughout the course of the show was a staged light-saber battle, where he was even included in the act for one scene.

Mason library prepares for first annual ‘Coloring for Adults’ event

By Abby Burbary
The Mason Times

As spring approaches, the Capital Area District Library in Mason prepares for its first annual ‘Coloring for Adults’ event. Mari Garza, youth services librarian at the CADL in Mason, said the event will take place on March 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., and will provide coffee, tea and cocoa, colored pencils, markers and a selection of coloring pages designed specifically for adults. “It’s not quite the same as coloring a kids page,” Garza said. Garza said the library wanted the event to be a way for the community to meet and come together, while providing a relaxing and stress-relieving experience for adults. Regarding the amount of people registered to attend this event, Garza said that there will most-likely be a decent turnout.