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Lauren Conrad Bans “Skinny” and Other “Body-Shaming” Words

posted: 06/01/15
by: Courtney Reimer
Lauren Conrad
LaurenConrad.com

We've all probably long since learned that the "sticks and stones may break my bones" nursery rhyme is a major falsehood, but still so many of us use words that hurt. With a new policy for her website, actress Lauren Conrad is taking one step toward helping the world use fewer hurtful words -- at least when it comes to how we talk about bodies.

"When we've talked about getting in shape in the past, words like 'skinny,' 'slim,' and 'thin' have often come up," Conrad wrote in a blog post. "Starting this month, we'll be banning any body shaming terms from the site, and replacing them with words like 'fit' 'toned,' and 'healthy.'"

Conrad, who first came to fame on the MTV show "Laguna Beach" and is now a successful fashion designer with her own line at Kohl's, said the word "skinny" would only be used in the context of a cut of jeans.

"We want to make sure that the focus is on being fit as opposed to a number on the scale," she wrote. "Every body is created differently -- and healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes."