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Beyond Beautiful: A Practical Guide to Being Happy, Confident, and You in a Looks-Obsessed World

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The ultimate guide to building confidence in your body, beauty, clothes and life in an era of toxic social media-driven beauty standards.

"A self-confidence bible that every woman should read."--Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet

Empowering, insightful, and psychology-driven, Beyond Beautiful is filled with proven, no-BS strategies for proactive self-care. This stylish and p/>"A
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Ten Speed Press
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May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It's hard to review intentions. Good intent is highly valuable and if I were to review the book based on this alone, it could easily be one of the best books ever written. Good intentions aside, the book felt rushed, and the advice felt thin. In the end if one has read the book Beauty Sick, which offers a highly detailed, thorough examination and "exhumation" of the world's beauty standards they'd understand why it's truly pointless to base one's self worth on unrealistic standards which are bas ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful book and I highly recommend all of you to pick it up... definitely helpful to gain some healthy perspective in our crazy world, with some practical tools to change your thinking :) I will definitely keep going back to it on a regular basis :)


Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: grown-ups
I'm glad if this book helps people. It just felt very thin to me and didn't actually ever get beyond beautiful. I suppose one of the gifts of not being a sexy person is that you don't ever base your self worth on your sexiness. The things in this book seemed very geared toward women who had a lot of their identity centered on their attractiveness. It's a book about moving beyond beauty for beautiful women. It also never addresses the negative thoughts people have about other people and how learn ...more
Caroline Ashby
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars but I might change my mind later? I read it over the course of 3 days (audiobook) and I didn't really factor in the time to do the thought exercises and really engage on a deeper level. That said though, this book has given me a ton to think about and I've been starting conversations about it with anyone who will listen.

What's different about the "love yourself" message of this book from so many other ~body posi~ works is that the emphasis isn't on YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL; rath
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned
A skimmer, for sure. While I appreciate the concept of body neutrality (vs. body positivity) I don’t want to read a whole book about it! That said, some really intriguing, even radical concepts lie within—I just prefer the Instagram version.
Emily Hampton Haynes
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had some great thoughts to consider and share. I liked how she broke body image down into three parts (your mental picture of yourself, your emotional reaction to that picture, and the actions you take as a result of that picture/emotion).

I wish that she had dug into the roots of mainstream body positivity, which come from a more radical place of fat liberation and advocacy for the most marginalized bodies. I think those origins shine a light on how body positivity /“self love” have b
Maribel Molina
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for women who have ever thought negatively about their bodies. The advice is practical and always ties back to the main point that our routines and behaviors are influenced by others and we don't have to let beauty be the most important thing about ourselves.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Our physical appearance and body image affect our lives in insidious ways - whether we think so or not.

Questions that can serve as food for thought or a launchpad to deeper reflection:

-How would I behave differently if I looked different? Why don’t I behave like that now?
-If exercise has no impact on my appearance and was instead based on how the exercise made me feel, what would I change to my routine? Why don’t I do that routine now?
-Ditto for dressing based on your “
Emily Chandler
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a thought-provoking journey written in accessible language, which I think many people of all ages would benefit from reading. I would have loved a little more on the white beauty standards women of colour are pressured to live up to, but otherwise it's a delight. I'll be buying a copy for my sister, who is raising three daughters.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked this up to read because the value placed on women's appearance, and subsequently their worth as people in society, is an issue I have been interested in for a while. The essence of the book is that it is fine for women to value their appearance as a part of their identity, but it should not form the sole basis upon which to base their self worth. Rees wants women to realise that they are much more than how they look, and to stop giving so much importance to the so-called flaws in their ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I HIGHLY recommend this book for all women, girls, parents of girls, people who work with girls, and non-binary folk wrestling with negative body messaging (men will find it useful but its audience is those of us told who are repeatedly told that our worth is derived from our appearance). It’s written for a more popular audience but the author has done her homework and has cited her sources. The book identifies how women are pounded by messages equating our value with our appearance from the us ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was not nearly as in-depth as I expected. I had some social media exchanges with the author that led me to believe this book would really challenge my self-perception and even the way I look at other people, but it didn't do that. The writing felt light, like a Cosmo magazine article, and there was very little information that was new to me. The history it gives of the perception of women's bodies is almost comically cursory (it lumps all of pre-20th century history together, for one t ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Takes into account current pressures that women face to be beautiful. Readable and accessible, with a variety of views from people, including some from people of colour and I think one queer person. The art is very pretty, which may actually work against the message of the book; I would have liked to see some images of older women or women of colour who are doing their thing without worrying about pursuing beauty. I think that would have increased the impact of this book. (Or even add links to r ...more
Danielle Carter
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a good primer on body image, body ideals, and self esteem in relation to your body image. Although I feel like the book echoed many revelations that I’ve had about my body image throughout my 20s already, I’m always of the opinion that it’s good to reinforce these kinds of learning experiences, especially with some extra research to back it up.

I would’ve appreciated a deeper dive into the topic of society’s role in beauty ideals and felt like this was sometimes glossed over without
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
There were a few points I found useful, but most of this, I had personally heard before (and my body image is still pretty shaky). I thought this book over-simplified things quite a bit, because while we all may be worthy of love no matter what we look like, the truth is, we do get judged based on looks. I hate to say this, but...the author is conventionally attractive, so maybe she isn't aware of the extent to which this happens. If we're fat or odd looking, we DO get passed over at work, laugh ...more
Isabella Ubaldi
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book has started to completely re-frame the way I think and feel about my body. That is no mean feat after 15+ years of dieting. At its core is the idea that we feel dissatisfied with our appearances because that's how society has conditioned us to feel. It's not at all because there's something that needs "fixing".

It deals with big concepts in psychology and social studies but frames them in a way that's accessible. It also provides questions and moments for self-reflection so it provides
Roma (berryduchess)
This book is honest. Too honest that you will be defensive while reading it. And people don’t like too much honesty. We like our truths – partial truths packed with sugar-coated lies simply because it makes us feel better, you know… not hearing raw facts, most especially when the topic at hand includes body image.

This is supposed to help the readers overcome body shaming or show the correct way of handling body image-related issues which include ageing, social media, beauty standards
Rachel Keane
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish everybody in the world would read this book and we could all collectively decide to stop focusing on the way we look above everything else about us! So easy to read and so comforting to find a whole community of people that feel the exact same way as I do. I connect so much more with the body neutrality concept, compared to the body positivity movement, and I'm now enjoying exploring this more. Thank you so much Anuschka for introducing this to me - so glad I found your instagram.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A professor I really respect recommended this book and I went in expecting a synopsis of all the beauty/body positive accounts I see on Instagram, but I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this book—the main criticism I’ve seen of it is that it is a very superficial look at the deep problem of a beauty obsessed world, but it is certainly accessible to someone who wants a brief history of the Eurocentric beauty ideal and how we got there (and ugh, labiaplasty).
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I LOVED all that the book had to offer, I feel like there could be more. I don’t know exactly what, maybe more in-depth with each topic.
I do recommend this book to everyone as a great starting point on their body positivity and self love journey because it has simple explanations and exercises to help you along the way on your journey.
Anne White
This book is aimed at a younger demographic than mine, and its frequent use of profanity makes that obvious. However, it should find a large readership among those looking for an up-to-date, honest resource for discussion of this important issue (and the point is that in a perfect world it would be a non-issue).
Daniela Gonzalez
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book came to me at the right time. Very easy to read and engaging, I would recommend to any woman struggling with body image and confidence. Leaves you inspired and ready to get to work and make some changes.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book still seemed focused on physical appearance instead of focusing on why our appearance shouldn’t matter at all. It’s also aimed to younger generations and doesn’t have a lot of new material that isn’t already available.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this out of the library but I really want to buy my own copy!
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The idea of this book is fantastic, but I found it to be superficial. It gave some great tips, but not a lot on how to make those tips happen.
Anna Katarzyna
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, but would love it to cut a little deeper: why women? Why beauty? When and how did it start?
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Good because it's promotes body neutrality rather than positivity but piddles out at the end
Tishy Wishy
Jul 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
This was 'did not finish' week for me so I think this book just fell in at the wrong time. It had some good tips but I really wasn't in the right mental space to finish it.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and I think all women should read this. So much valuable information regarding ones body image and societal norms/expectations.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd had this as a teenager.
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