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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is winning at life. And tennis, a lot of the time. She has five Grand Slam singles titles, after all. But always life.

Maria Sharapova Self Cover

In the new issue of Self, which features her on the cover, the star discusses how she keeps up that amazing body - for athletic purposes, of course.

Crowned a "SELF Made" cover star, Maria is lauded for her status as a successful woman pursuing her passions while also prioritizing a healthy lifestyle.

How does she do it? Sharapova insists her sole focus is the tennis court and winning tennis tournaments, and her appearance isn't even an issue.

As a side effect, it just happens to be amazing. Just saying. It's a nice benefit.

"I have a competitive drive. It’s ferocious and powerful, and it’s about winning," she explains. "When I’m on the court, I’m not thinking about how I look."

"I do my ponytail in two seconds, and I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup," adds the blonde beauty. "I’m confident in my skin, and I’m there to play the game.”

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This video should alleviate any doubts about whether you need to be putting on sunscreen on a regular basis, even if you don't have any visible damage.

Check out what skin looks like under ultraviolet light:

Artist Thomas Leveritt had women and men of all ages view their faces under an ultraviolet lens, revealing a lot of things they did not expect.

Too much time unprotected in the sun (or tanning bed, Snooki) can increase freckles, age spots, and sun damage that might not be visible to the naked eye.

SPF, the active ingredient in sunscreen, is the best defense against aging. Under the ultraviolet camera, SPF shows up as a black barrier against UVA and UVB rays.

Without it? You're rolling the dice. The difference between regular folks and children (or vigilant sunscreen wearers) who appear flawless were striking.

While we like to see celebrities with and without makeup (below), we don't want to see them, or you, without sunscreen. Take care of the skin you're in ...

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Ricki Lake, with her new documentary Breastmilk, seeks to flip the script on female anatomy with a different kind of examination of the exposed breast.

Lake, who also co-produced 2008’s The Business of Being Born, didn't time the release of Breastmilk around World Breastfeeding Week by accident, saying:

“There are so many forces in our culture that make breastfeeding a huge challenge, not the least of which is a bizarre public anxiety around exposed breasts!”

Breasts on display in pop culture, she notes, are socially acceptable. See Kendall Jenner topless Instagram pics or countless other daily examples.

Breasts used to nurse babies in public are seen as controversial, though. Even when it's Olivia Wilde breastfeeding and looking absolutely stunning.

Imagine the struggles regular women must endure. This inspired Lake, who realizes that "breastfeeding has become such a lightning rod topic.”

Her documentary, she concedes, will “definitely make waves with the general public," but the former talk show host insists it goes beyond shock value.

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Sometimes, geniuses on the Internet use their creativity to parody Frozen.

Other times, they edit a tone-deaf rape poster that implies (strongly) that rape can sometimes be blamed on the victim.

Such was the recent case when the National Health Service released the following promotional tool, which is meant to warn women against heavy drinking - but which carries with it another message as well:

Being drunk may cause you to get raped!

NHS Rape Poster

Fortunately, Twitter user @neverjessie knows how to use Photoshop.

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Sometimes, when you have a great idea, you just need to run with it.


So believes Claire Wyckoff, an athlete who has started the Running Drawing Tumblr in which uses the Nike+ running app to come up with some creative exercise routes.

One is in the shape of a puppy. Another is in the shape of a Space Invader. And one, of course, is in the shape of a penis.

Wyckoff clearly has a sense of humor (she writes on her Tumblr page that she thinks about "Kim Kardashian with the shits" when she needs a chuckle) and we're just glad she put it to use in this awesome manner:

A Puppy!
According to this genius runner, it's actually a CORGI puppy.

In other cool app news, the Aging Booth App has elicited a fun look at these celebrities as senior citizens.

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In the latest of several recent controversies surrounding Instagram, Samm Newman, a 19-year-old woman from Ohio, says her account was deleted.

Because, she is convinced, she posted selfies of herself in her bra and underwear, which plenty of people do ... but Samm happens to be a Size 24.

Samm Newman Photos

For Newman, Instagram had become a safe haven, an online environment in which to be proud of her fuller figure and find other women like her.

Posting photos to Instagram and seeing other girls displaying similar ones empowered her, and that support helped her be less ashamed of her size.

Considering that she spent her high school years bullied and depressed to the point of self-harm, this was a huge deal ... and then it came crashing down.

That safe space suddenly disappeared without explanation, and Samm could only assume her Instagram was targeted because of her Size 24 body.

"My Instagram, this was my safe place because when I was there, I could share anything," Samm Newman lamented. "Fat is not a bad word."

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A student who reportedly kept a pair of contact lenses in her eyes for six months straight is now blind after amoebas devoured her eyeballs.

The tiny single-cell organisms slowly ate away at Taiwanese undergraduate Lian Kao's sight because she didn't take out and clean the contacts.

Not even once during that time.

According to a warning issued by doctors, this is a particularly severe example, but illustrates the importance of proper hygiene use with contact lenses.

Ya think?!

Contact Lenses Are Great, But ...
They're a marvelous invention, but without proper use, can leave one vulnerable to eye diseases. Such as ...

The director of ophthalmology at Taipei's Wan Fang Hospital, Wu Jian-liang, said contacts users are a "high risk group that can easily be exposed to eye diseases."

How so, you ask?

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Breastfeeding photos will now be allowed on your Facebook feed following considerable backlash and the #FreeTheNipple campaign designed to, well ...

The nipple has been freed. Enough said.

Gisele Bundchen Breastfeeding
Gisele Bundchen breastfeeding and getting all made up for a modeling shoot. That is some impressive multitasking right there.

Facebook's Community Standards never outright banned breastfeeding photos, but they were often removed after being reported for "nudity or pornography."

Sometime within the past few weeks, however, Facebook quietly changed their policy to explicitly permit you to post breastfeeding pictures online.

The breastfeeding policy now reads as such in the company's Q&A:

Q: Does Facebook allow photos of mothers breastfeeding?

A: Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook.

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The latest WTF Were They Thinking award goes to maternity clothing retailer A Pea in the Pod.

The "Wake Me When I'm Skinny" t-shirt they were selling in their stores and online was pulled after customers complained the shirt was offensive.

Because yeah, that shirt was/is offensive. Or at the very least the shirt is completely tasteless and unfunny.

Wake Me When I'm Skinny T-Shirt from A Pea in the Pod

Never ever in a woman's life will she have the excuse that she's not fat she's pregnant to fall back on when she's indulging a wicked craving for a milkshake at midnight.

SHE IS NOT FAT SHE IS PREGNANT! Pregnant women everywhere, say it with me: YOU ARE NOT FAT. YOU ARE PREGNANT. Growing a human. CREATING LIFE WITH YOUR LIFE. 

You've freaking EARNED that milkshake at midnight. YOU ARE EARNING IT.

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So when we ranked fast food burgers, ranked fast food French fries and ranked fast food chicken nuggets, we didn't so much pay attention to the nutrition facts.

In fact, we didn't pay attention to that information at all. Well now we're paying attention and doubling up on gym memberships for good measure. 

While there are healthy options to be found on almost any menu if you look closely enough, there are also some really, really terrible choices hiding in plain sight.

They masquerade as subs and salads and you fall for them, hook, line, and dressing-laden sinker. You should probably stop doing that. Just saying.

Here are 11 fast food items that are killing you ...

Chicken Pot Pie from KFC
It might feel like homecooking in a bowl, but a chicken pot pie from KFC is a whopping 790 calories and 45 grams of fat.

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