Posts tagged "beauty standards"

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

“Sesame Street” Schools Black Girls On The Beauty Of Their Hair

“Sesame Street” has aired a new song, “I Love My Hair,” aimed at young black girls to teach them to value and love their natural hair. The character dances and sings in every little girl hairstyle imaginable, from a small Afro to ponytails to cornrows to twists. This is an important lesson for…

By: Annika Harris / October 15, 2010

J.Crew Lets Its Hair Down

Take a close look at this picture from J.Crew’s website. Notice anything strange? Like, oh, the hairy-as-hell legs the model is sporting? We’re thinking the explanation could be:

A) J.Crew is finding its inner feminist (unlikely).
B) Some disgruntled graphic designer decided to play a prank on the company.
C) Somebody had a…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 15, 2010

Essence Editor Responds To Controversial Hiring Of A White Fashion Director

On Monday, a media industry blog revealed that Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, had hired a new fashion director named Ellianna Placas, to begin in September. But it was not the lines on her resume touting O: The Oprah Magazine and Us Weekly that attracted attention. It was the color of Placas’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2010

Girl Talk: My First Bikini Wax

I’ve waxed my eyebrows. I’ve waxed my upper lip. But when it came to waxing my ladyparts, I passed. I checked out. I just chose to be a noncombatant. I removed excess hair on my eyebrows and on my upper lip because it embarrassed me. But did it make sense to be embarrassed — nay,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 27, 2010

Jessica Simpson’s “Price Of Beauty” Could Now Be A Makeover Show

Breaking news: something disappointing is getting even more disappointing. We’ve always been unimpressed with Jessica Simpson’s show, “The Price of Beauty,” in which she and her best friends, Ken Paves and Cacee Cobb, travel around the world to discover what “beauty” means in other cultures.

But scratch that idea. Now it could become…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2010

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. Thick…

By: Annika Harris / September 8, 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 is striking.

By: Annika Harris / August 7, 2008
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