The Hijab: Can it Promote a Healthy Self Image?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Several years ago while traveling through Malaysia, I had the opportunity to visit a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital. Despite my modest dress (a long flowing skirt and a loose-fitting blouse that covered my arms), the mosque required that I wear an abaya, a cloak that covered my head, … [Read more...]

Putting “Proper” Clothes on Mariah Carey. Thanks Saudi Arabia!

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder and Co-Editor I just came across this post at Jezebel revealing an interesting make-over of Mariah Carey. The new Mariah no longer sports a body baring tube top. Her body jewelry has disappeared and a simple top covers her shoulders, chest and trunk. Clearly the old school Butterfly album cover has … [Read more...]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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by Dyann Logwood From the time we arrive kicking and screaming into the world, Black people are ensnarled in debate about our hair. "Good" hair. Nappy hair. We've got names for every texture, and they ain't always nice. I know Black girls who are comfortable weighing 200 pounds, showing cellulite, and flaunting curves that … [Read more...]

The Hair Up There

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By Tami Winfrey-Harris, Co-editor of Love Isn't Enough My hair is remarkable. This weekend, I went home to the Chicagoland area for a party. My hostess had welcomed old friends and family into her home to celebrate the life of her sister. Folks crowded into the basement and hugged and laughed and hollered and drank, while a … [Read more...]

Korean Star Speaks of Her “Asian Bottom”

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Originally posted at SexGenderBody. Cross-posted with permission. By James Turnbull Well, the bottom half of her body is Asian to be precise. But then she is Korean after all, so what on Earth does that make the top half? Western, according to her. And while she’s happy with that at least, in contrast she’s quite … [Read more...]

Are Your Roots Bad For Business?

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By Debra J. Dickerson, SLATE Two very different stories about women—i.e., strength, beauty, femininity, fantasy, cowardice, bravery, and acquiescence—struck me this week.  I still don’t know whether they fill me with hope or sadness. First, there was the 22-year-old U. of Illinois student Disney recruited online and … [Read more...]

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

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"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...]