Cosmo Basically Pit White Women Against Black Women To Illustrate Beauty Dos and Don’ts

Cosmo published a list of beauty trends for 2015, with one tiny issue — every model/celebrity used to represent the “gorgeous” trends of 2015 was white. This list, which was published earlier this year, gained traction on Twitter yesterday, with readers rightfully noticing that an awful lot of the trends that needed to “die” in 2014 were illustrated using women of color.

Buzzfeed pointed out that a solid fifth of all the beauty “don’ts” were illustrated using women of color, and a quick stroll through the comments suggests that readers picked up on this right quick, too.

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Equal representation in mainstream fashion has been a problem for a long time, but the fact of the matter is that we are in 2015. It’s hard enough to be a woman that isn’t thin or white. The sinking frustration felt at every listicle and magazine cover that proudly trumpets white women as the accepted standard of beauty gets a little hard to bear.

As a biracial woman, I live in a world where representations of myself are either exoticized as a novelty or completely non-existent. Careless mistakes happen, but when you’re an institution as sizable and newly-respected as Cosmopolitan, a gut check is necessary. Do better, and don’t be surprised when people find other outlets to get all their hot “beauty trend” news.