Posts tagged "beauty ideals"

What Beautiful “Imperfections” Set You Apart?

Every time I see a photo of Anna Paquin (which, due to the massive popularity of "True Blood," happens about every 30 seconds), I am thankful for that gap in her teeth. She is a conventionally beautiful woman, yes, but that little "imperfection" sets her apart from the sea of similar faces gracing…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 5, 2011

50 Reasons You Are Beautiful

When legendary sex symbol Bo Derek appeared on Oprah a few months ago, Oprah kept pressing her to tell the world something profound about being a beautiful woman, and Bo kept brushing off the questions, saying, "It's just about the way the bones line up." That felt pretty profound to me. In our culture, the…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 3, 2011

Fat Is Fabulous In Mauritania

Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey discussed beauty rituals and standards around the world on her talk show. I had no idea Iran was the "nose job capital of the world," but I was really shocked that Mauritanian women don't want to be thin. Plump is sexy for women there, but men are expected to be thin.
By: Annika Harris / September 8, 2009

You Can’t Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue, Without Possibly Going Blind

A single mother living in London traveled to Panama for an operation that would turn her dark brown eyes light blue and almost blind her. Shenise Farrell saw an article on the internet about the £5,000 (about $8,098) operation, and raided her savings to fly to Central America. Farrell said she wasn't worried because she'd…
By: Annika Harris / September 4, 2009

Men’s Magazines Prefer Black Models With Lighter Skin

Last week, Tyra Banks said she's trying to expand the idea of what the fashion industry considers beautiful. According to her, black models with lighter skin are deemed more commercial, whereas darker-skinnned black models are considered more high fashion. We've noticed this phenomenon holds true when a woman's "hotness" is being judged, too.
By: Annika Harris / May 11, 2009

Beyonce Is Not L’Oreal’s Beauty Ideal

L'Oreal Paris' latest Feria ad, featuring spokesperson Beyonce, has been getting some unintended attention in the last couple of days because the company has been accused of digitally lightening the entertainer's skin and editing her nose to appear pointier. Though L'Oreal denies the accusations, the difference between the ad and the real Beyonce…
By: Annika Harris / August 7, 2008