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Body Beauty: Celebrities Aren't Immune to Body Image Challenges

From the Show: HER
Summary: Suffering with body image issues can take a toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Air Date: 11/19/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Heather Thomson, Fashion Designer
Heather ThompsonHeather Thomson is a fashion designer, stylist, entrepreneur, TV personality, philanthropist, and a married mother of two children—Alexander Jack and Ella Rae. Heather is the creator of Yummie by Heather Thomson, a popular and innovative brand of wardrobe essentials.

Heather got the idea for Yummie by Heather Thomson shortly after having children in 2008, when she developed her patented three-panel system, which is now one of Yummie's signature designs. Since the launch of Heather's original Yummie Tummie® patented three-panel tank, Yummie by Heather Thomson has evolved to include intimates and shape, hosiery and leggings, denim, active, and loungewear.

Heather is all about inspiring women everywhere to look and feel their absolute best. In more than 20 years as a successful designer and stylist, Heather has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment including Calvin Klein, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Sean "Diddy" Combs. As the creative director for his Sean John label, she is credited as a major force behind multiple CFDA award nominations. In addition to her work in the fashion industry Heather is an advocate for several charities that have special meaning to her.

Heather is a founding board member of the Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation, dedicated to helping children get lifesaving medical treatment. She is also an advocate for organ donation, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance, and an ambassador for the organization No Barriers USA. In recognition of Heather's philanthropic work, she has been the recipient of several awards including the Champion Award from the American Liver Foundation, the Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope, and the H.U.G. Award, presented to her by the Intimate Apparel Square Club.

Featured regularly as a business, fashion and lifestyle expert, Heather has appeared on numerous programs on networks such as Fox Business, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and E!, just to name a few. Heather also spent three seasons as a leading cast member on Bravo's ever popular The Real Housewives of New York City.
Body Beauty: Celebrities Aren't Immune to Body Image Challenges
In today's society, if you're not a size zero and don't have a perfect complexion, there's something "wrong" with you.

Don't like how you look in a picture? There are several apps and filters, as well as makeup tricks, to change your real appearance.

Even celebrities who don't fit under the "perfect" image can be photoshopped in order to fit under these standards.

Or, if you're struggling with your weight, there are crazy (and unsafe) ways to drastically reduce your size, including waist training, restricting your caloric intake, and celebrity-endorsed teatoxes.

Suffering with body image issues (having a negative mental image of your own body and doing everything you can to change it) can take a toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health.

Heather Thompson, a former Real Housewives of New York City cast member was constantly in the public eye. When she was struggling to lose her baby weight, being constantly photographed took a toll on her confidence and body image.

Listen in as Heather Thompson shares the ups and downs she experienced through her health journey.
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