Katiy Heath

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KATIY HEATH is an essayist from Saint Joseph, Missouri. Her obsessions include women who bathe, women who work, and women who witness. She currently is writing a memoir about her experience moderating focus groups for skincare companies. Read more from her at CHEAP POP, Pigeon Pages, and XRAY Lit.  


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When Fresh Food Is a Luxury, Beauty Becomes a Necessity

In the midwest food desert I grew up in, there are higher standards for what we wear than what we eat.

Aug 26, 2021
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In America, There’s No Such Thing as Pure Water

If anyone knows how to create a narrative in response to ecological misfortune, it’s the bottled-water industry.

May 20, 2021
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How to Hide Your Grief in a French Roll

All that mattered, we told ourselves, was what we saw when we looked in the mirror, what we saw when we looked at each other.

Apr 22, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by Laura Chouette/Unsplash
I Traded My Image for Money, Now I Want It Back

The largest archive of footage of myself, ages twenty-three to thirty-years-old, never belonged to me but is owned by brands.

Jan 21, 2021
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What Does It Take to Be a Woman Who Has It All?

When we look at women who work, what remains unseen and what is expected to remain hidden?

Dec 03, 2020
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How Years of Running Beauty Focus Groups Nearly Destroyed Me

I am the only one in the room who is neither asked nor allowed to answer: “How does that make you feel?”

Oct 20, 2020
Cover Photo: Detail from Edgar Degas' "The Tub" (1886)/Musée d'Orsay
Why Bathing Is More Than Self-Care—It’s Art

To be female and to bathe is to always be prepared for onlookers.

Aug 13, 2020