Dove Has A Beauty Problem

This post was originally published at Ms. Magazine. In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women […]

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Love to Hate It: Hollywood

I have a love-hate relationship with pop culture. On the one hand, it’s a guilty release. There’s nothing like a light-hearted romantic comedy or a mindless scroll down the homepage of the Daily Mail. The night of the Academy Awards, like the rest of the world, I hold my breath in anticipation of the sacred […]

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GIRLS Mania

I’m a victim of GIRLS mania. Ever since my study abroad roommate introduced me to GIRLS, I’ve become the biggest Lena Dunham/GIRLS fan. In my eyes, she’s this genius-badass-feminist superhuman who just sort of says and does whatever the hell she wants. She’s awkward and brave and gutsy, but still hilarious and self-deprecating. It’s refreshing […]

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Mirror, Mirror…Whoops

My uncle asked me once why I spent so much time in front of a mirror, concerned with how I looked if I’m a quote-un-quote feminist. Apparently, wanting to feel beautiful and empowered as a woman makes me a contradiction. Apparently. And being a feminine feminist that stands in front of the mirror, insecure and […]

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I’m published on Thought Catalog!

Original post date: 9/21/12 Read “What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful” on Thought Catalog… What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful by Danielle Nelson Not many people can say that they rely on SPF 70 to avoid looking like a toasted strawberry. I’m also left-handed, I can ramble on for hours, and I kind […]

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Colombia Part 3: How To Go From Elle to Dani

Original post date: 7/31/12 1) Insist that everyone call you the Spanish equivalent of some masculine form of your name for the first 3 days: Danielle sounds like “Daniel” in Spanish, Elle sounds like “él” (he) and then finally make life easier and say Daniela or Dani (sounds like Daní)… 2) Get so incredibly lost […]

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Mi Linda

Original post date: 6/27/12 Mi linda. Just seconds before, my robe was pulled fast and tight around my body, knuckles turning white, body tense and erect. Now his surgical marker is drawing circles and straight edged lines from my neck down my torso. And I can no longer feel. I’m not happy. I’m not sad. […]

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