Is There a Problem with a White Fashion Director at a Black Magazine?

August 2010 cover of Essence magazine

"Essence Editor Responds to Controversial Hiring of a White Fashion Director" by Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky 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 … [Read more...]

Why Not Being Colorblind is a Good Thing

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By Adriel Luis at Change.org When I was in fifth grade, my very liberal teacher decided to familiarize our class with the concept of race. Since teaching a roomful of 12-year-olds about things like the cycle of oppression can be somewhat complicated, he turned to some abstract metaphors to help him out. "A melting pot is the … [Read more...]

Brazil’s Runway Models Predominantly White

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, Photo courtesy of AP

"Off Runway, Brazilian Beauty Goes Beyond Blond" By Alexei Barrionuevo at The New York Times on June 7, 2010 Before setting out in a pink S.U.V. to comb the schoolyards and shopping malls of southern Brazil, Alisson Chornak studies books, maps and Web sites to understand how the towns were colonized and how European their … [Read more...]

What is the “Colour of Beauty”?

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By Sharon Haywood According to a 2008 survey about models in New York fashion week: Six percent are Black Six percent are Asian One percent are Latina Eighty-seven percent are White … [Read more...]

New Photo Exhibit Looks at Disturbing Quest for Beauty

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by Valerie Kusler The New York Times Lens blog (on Photography, Video & Visual Journalism) just posted an eye-opening piece, Bodies Altered in Pursuit of Beauty about photographer Zed Nelson's most recent exhibition, "Love Me." As Nelson traveled the world taking photos, he was amazed at how all the faces he saw were … [Read more...]

Global “Colorism” Looks a Lot Like Racism

Candid photograph of Beyonce (left); Beyonce airbrushed in a Loreal ad (right); juxtaposition by Feministing.

What Can We Do About Colorism? by Courtney Young at the Ms. Magazine blog As a woman of color who is deeply concerned and invested in interrogating the ways in which women continue to be marginalized, I've often wondered why more work hasn't been done on the issue of colorism, both domestically and globally. … [Read more...]

Jamaican Beauty Trends Complicated and Risky

The Jamaican vision of beauty keeps evolving. "Most of the young girls now coming up ? they don't want fat no more, they want slim and trim," says farmer Kadesha Abrahms (left) at a feed store in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. (Image: Davia Nelson for NPR)

Every culture has its idealized woman - a standard of beauty that is sought and valorized. And everywhere around the world, women are altering themselves to achieve the look that is celebrated, from cosmetics to liposuction. In Jamaica, women have come up with some of their own unique, homegrown beauty enhancement techniques. … [Read more...]

Censored Census: Latino Isn’t a Race

Latinos weren't always white.

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Editor According to the US Census form that came out this week, if you're brown, you're White. It confused us at Adios Barbie almost as much as it confused Fred Roggin of NBC LA. Censored Census: Hispanic Isn't a Race Fred Roggin finds a bit of an oddity on the 2010 census form. When it comes to your … [Read more...]

Afro-Latinas and Why Blatina is Beautiful

Lauren Velez of Showtime's "Dexter"

Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Afro-Latinas by Mariela Rosario, Latina Magazine In honor of Black History Month, we (Latina Magazine) decided to tackle a subject that comes up again and again in our community; the issue of racism. It has long caused controversy among Latinos, and it's important to illuminate what it … [Read more...]

Vanity Fair’s Lack of Color

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For Vanity Fair, the future is all white by Hannah Pool, The Guardian Does anything strike you as odd about this latest ¬≠Vanity Fair cover spread? Yes, it's their 16th annual ¬≠"Hollywood Issue", shot as usual by Annie Leibovitz, and ¬≠intending to herald the bright young things of Tinseltown, just in time for this year's Oscars. … [Read more...]