The What’s Underneath Project celebrates our belief that style, far from being just clothes, is a resolute spirt. In Part 4, artist and close friend Eryn Lefkowitz, in her layers-of-black uniform, tells about her struggles with anorexia and pill addiction for the first time — a journey that had her and us balling. “Everyone would tell me that I had a sick bod and that I should model,” Eryn reveals. “No one ever said, ‘Oh my God, you look so skinny — not cute.’” Having gained 30 pounds since receiving treatment in January, Eryn’s story is a testament to her ultra inspiring determination to confront her illness, as well as an indictment of our culture’s harmful beauty norms, where eating disorders are synonymous with looking hot. Though she still rocks her armor of Chrome Hearts silver, Eryn, in her true physique, is learning to “feel more secure with the insecure.” Loaded with many emotions for the first time, Eryn’s vulnerability has her feeling stronger and more beautiful than ever. By doing this video and sharing her battle with the world, Eryn, to us, is a super power. It doesn’t get much braver than her.

Eryn bears witness to our belief that style
Is comfort in your skin,
It is not a facade,
It is your spirit,
It’s What’s Underneath.

Watch more What’s Underneath
See Eryn in Second Skin
Check out more body image videos
Stay tuned for Part 5… coming soon!
Part Four was produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona
This video was edited by Adaeze Elechi


7 Lessons from BrainPickings

The 7 Lessons

  1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  2. Do nothing out of guilt, or for prestige, status, money or approval alone.
  3. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words.
  4. Build pockets of stillness into your life.
  5. Maya Angelou famously said, ‘When people tell you who they are, believe them’. But even more importantly, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. As Annie Dillard memorably put it, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
  7. Debbie Millman captures our modern predicament beautifully: “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”

Simply believing you can heal yourself - be it optimism or faith - can help your body heal. The placebo effect is not dependent upon being tricked, but rather being hopeful.


Here are the words that men were most likely to recognize over women:

  • codec (88, 48)
  • solenoid (87, 54)
  • golem (89, 56)
  • mach (93, 63)
  • humvee (88, 58)
  • claymore (87, 58)
  • scimitar (86, 58)
  • kevlar (93, 65)
  • paladin (93, 66)
  • bolshevism (85, 60)
  • biped (86, 61)
  • dreadnought (90, 66)

And here are the words that women were most likely to know over men:

  • taffeta (48, 87)
  • tresses (61, 93)
  • bottlebrush (58, 89)
  • flouncy (55, 86)
  • mascarpone (60, 90)
  • decoupage (56, 86)
  • progesterone (63, 92)
  • wisteria (61, 89)
  • taupe (66, 93)
  • flouncing (67, 94)
  • peony (70, 96)
  • bodice (71, 96)

Linguistics researchers explore the gender gap in our vocabulary. For a pause-giving counterpart, see Leonard Shlain on how the invention of the alphabet usurped female power in society. (via explore-blog)

Our VOCABULARY knowledge is even gendered. And I definitely know all the words on the second list, and only half of the first.

These are great (research-backed) simple tips to not only improve self control, but increase productivity and decrease stress.