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    Can You Really Detox? (Download PDF)

    SELF // July 2015

    Clean has become the new thin as women obsess about the energy and health boost they feel by getting rid of toxins and fighting inflammation with food. Its popularity is easy to understand — what's hard to know is if any of this is real.

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    Women Working Wonders (Issue Guest-Edited by Michelle Obama) (Download PDF)

    More // July/August

    Intractable problems. Impossible situations. Giant barriers facing kids around the world. These five crusaders refuse to stand by and do nothing.

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    This Is What It's Like To Have Extraordinarily Heightened Senses

    Prevention // March, 2015

    What if we told you that some people look at the color white and see a staggering array of shades? Or that others intuitively know what Thursday tastes like? It's not science fiction: There's a small group of people who experience the world in more dimensions than the rest of us.

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    What Happens When Your Body Image Nightmare Comes True

    BuzzFeed // March, 2015

    I’d always been self-conscious about my abdomen. When I got endometriosis, everyone else became conscious of it too.

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    Let's Get Together and Feel All Right (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // April, 2015

    Have we replaced real friendships and civic participation with Facebook likes and hashtag activism? And are we too far gone to fix it? Here’s the expert take on why face-to-face connections are so crucial (particularly now)—and some inspiration to make more of your own.

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    Something Commissioned (Download PDF)

    DuJour // Spring, 2015

    For a new set of brides, walking the aisle wearing a custom-made gown by a major designer isn’t a fantasy. It’s a necessity. Virginia Sole-Smith dives for the bouquet.

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    Legacy of Campus Rape (Download PDF)

    More // February, 2015

    Sexual assault at colleges isn't new. And it's not about young women who binge drink or wear tight clothing. Here, a prominent feminist examines the phenomenon—and survivors of all ages reveal how an attack changed their lives.

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    “Dear Real Simple, I'm a Control Freak. Please Help." (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // January, 2015

    Domestic perfection comes with a price. Julie Padavic got tired of paying it.

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    The No. 1 Health-Booster in 2015

    Parade // January, 2015

    Forget complicated New Year’s resolutions (you probably already have). Simply taking the time to meditate can make all the difference in your health and well-being this year.

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    The Energizer Body (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // February, 2015

    Your metabolism keeps your heart beating, your blood flowing, your brain thinking, and your muscles moving. Is it any wonder it doesn’t want to be rushed? Here’s the skinny on the way this stubborn system works, and how you might be able to speed it up—in spite of itself.

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    Pleasure In A Pill? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // December, 2014

    Fourteen million American women struggle with a low sex drive, yet the FDA hasn’t approved any medications to help them. But is women’s sexuality just too complicated for a pill?

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    One Giant Leap (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // September, 2014

    Would you risk it all? These women did, in ways as diverse as they are, and it paid off (big time). Most of us would do well to follow in their footsteps. Here’s why.

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    Saving The Smallest Hearts (Download PDF)

    Parade // August, 2014

    Virginia Sole-Smith thought her baby was healthy—until a routine doctor’s visit revealed a heart defect so severe it could have been fatal within hours. The screening test every parent needs to know about.

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    Can You Be Heavy And Healthy? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // August, 2014

    Are BMI charts a load of BS? New research shows that good health may have nothing to do with your body mass index.

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    Breathing Lessons

    Prevention // June, 2014

    When trauma is ongoing, there's no time to get away. Healing has to happen where you can find it.

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    Can You Freeze the Aging Process?

    Details // March, 2014

    Imagine having wrinkle-free skin and a full head of hair in 30, nay, 50 years. Biotech firms claim that with new stem-cell technology, the idea isn't science fiction.

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    Wonder Drug (Download PDF)

    Elle // November, 2013

    Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.

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    Rethink the Pink Drink (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // October, 2013

    After a rash of deaths linked to its products, the high-octane beverage industry has gone through a female-friendly makeover. But are these drinks actually safer?

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    The Last Mermaid Show (Download PDF)

    New York Times Magazine // July 7, 2013

    At a venerable roadside attraction in the shadow of Disney World, an endangered species is practicing the old secrets of the deep.

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    The Pink Pyramid

    Harpers // August, 2012

    Paying to play in Mary Kay.

  • Parents: "The Hungry House" by Virginia Sole-Smith, July 2011

    The Hungry House (Download PDF)

    Parents // July, 2011

    Right here in the United States, one in four children don't have enough to eat. The impact this has on their health, their development — their future — is staggering.

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    Lesson Plan (Download PDF)

    Nylon // April, 2011

    Virginia Sole-Smith went to beauty school and all she got was this interesting perspective.

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    My Year in Waxing School

    Slate // November, 2010

    The $1.8 billion business of hair removal is our most intimate and uncomfortable form of beauty labor.

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    Mexico's Squid Sweatshops (Download PDF)

    The Progressive // May, 2010

    Much of the squid sold in the USA was processed in horrendous conditions in Mexico. (Research supported by The Investigative Fund.)