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

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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...]

Gabby Sidibe in Bazaar: Curvy in Couture

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By Ophira Edut As much as we criticize fashion magazines, now and then a small victory for body-love comes along. The February 2010 Harper's Bazaar has jumped on the Precious-loving bandwagon by adorning breakout star Gabourney "Gabby" Sidibe in a red Tommy Hilfiger dress, with sparkly Harry Winston strands. I, for one, must … [Read more...]

Something Other Than “Other”

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by Andrea Chia and Jerry Henry New parents and interracial couple Jerry and Andrea have endured their own share of discrimination growing up. They hope their newborn son can grow up identifying as something other than "other". … [Read more...]

I’m Saving My Cheers Over New, “Authentic” Black Barbie Line

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by Tami Winfrey Harris, originally published at What Tami Said EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - (Business Wire) Mattel® announced today the launch of So In Style, a new line of black dolls by Barbie® featuring more authentic-looking facial features such as fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair. So In Style … [Read more...]

Chris Rock’s Documentary Gets to the Root of Good Hair

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You gotta see "Good Hair." It's a great film for everyone, taking a humorously candid look at the politics of and price paid for beauty. A mix between Chris Rock's cheeky stand-up and Michael Moore's tongue-in-cheek documentaries, you'll be surprised by the facts presented around the national and global politics surrounding the … [Read more...]

Huff Post’s “Craziest Birth Stories of All Time” is Hateful Modern Day Freak Show

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Banking on a dark history where bodily difference in disabled people, people of color, fat people, and LGBTQ people has equated freakish, abominations of God, The Huffington Post has fallen off the deep end to lure its readers. Instead of informing us around the evolving ethics and politics around birth and body across the globe, … [Read more...]