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Here’s what it would look like if the women we saw in ads were real

"Maybe all we need to do is look around to remember that the women in our lives carry beauty of all kinds and that beauty is worth seeing."

Here’s what it would look like if the women we saw in ads were real

I wonder what would happen if these ads replaced the 500 fake ones that we see every day? Would people still judge women based on their skin tone, size, height, waistline, hair length, shoe size?

The message in this video is so strong that it deserves a once-over to digest…

If we all took a few minutes to just think about these questions, it might actually make this world a better place for women and those who love them.

"Why does it feel so different to see pictures of realistic women? Why aren't we seeing women we recognize, and why wasn't I paying more attention to this before?"


"Where are the women who sweat through their femininity? Girls who build things for others who can't?"

"Mothers who want to learn from their children?"

"When we condone airbrushed faces and Photoshopped bodies, what are we saying about ourselves? That our strengths aren't strong enough? Our feelings not deep enough? Our cheers not loud enough?"

"If all the women we see in ads look the same, what illusion are we promoting for our daughters?"

"Maybe we should start by seeing women we can relate to, ladies who aren't afraid of their ideas, experts who revolutionize their fields, girls who fight for our country."

"Let's see women doing the things that women really do."

"Let's appreciate the beauty of overcoming real struggles. Let's see more women like those we know, who make us laugh, who will just sit with us after a long day, who aren't afraid of their strength."

"Maybe all we need to do is look around to remember that the women in our lives carry beauty of all kinds and that beauty is worth seeing."

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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