Skin Positivity: The Diversity of Black Beauty
Proceed with Caution, Because You’re Dark-Skinnedby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
Over the past few years, being a dark-skinned woman has become a glorified trend. It wasn’t always this way, which is why it’s been an extremely humbling experience. I am a young, confident woman with a personality that always gravitates people towards me. Unfortunately, this is not the first thing people notice when they see […]
Cultural Traditions vs Modern Day Ideals, How Does this Affect Your View of Beauty?by J'Nae Phillips
Across the globe, beauty means different things to different people. There’s an innate connection without our inner beauty and outer beauty, and much of this is deep-rooted in cultural traditions and heritage. Throughout the world, beauty practices vary tremendously. While some stick to traditional beauty practices passed down from generation to generation, others use beauty […]
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Nappily Ever After: Black Muslim Women and the Natural Hair Conversationby ArenaCommerce Collaborator
The natural hair conversation is something I have taken part in for five years. I waved goodbye to chemical relaxers and never looked back. Since then, I have seen the movement continuously grow as more and more Black women have embraced their natural hair. The Problem Despite its growth over the years, as a Black […]
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Is a Black Woman Wearing a Weave Cultural Appropriation?by ArenaCommerce Collaborator
I have grown up in a world where my natural appearance doesn’t fit beauty standards. As a child I was fooled into believing that my round nose, tough hair and large lips were not beautiful, and in order to attain this beauty I had to change. However, this isn’t a recent phenomenon, for centuries black men and women have been manipulated into believing that in order to get that great job, or to be a respected individual in society, you had to conform to an unrealistic beauty standard…the European standard. Black men and women have gone to extreme lengths such as using dangerous chemicals and excessive heat, to loosen their kinky curls and appear more “civilised,” “clean” and “professional.” All so that they can be accepted in a world that still doesn’t truly accept them.
Is Kim Kardashian Really Naive About Racism?by Dan Bennett
In 2014, Kim Kardashian discovered racism after allegedly coming up against racial abuse, directed at her daughter during a flight. This led to her penning of an “open letter” detailing a new found understanding of racism as an issue she needed to engage with. Since the composition of this letter, it can be said without […]
Wig Mania: Claiming Beauty By Forceby Dan Bennett
What do Brazilian-wavy, 16-inches, Swiss lace and Ombre all have in common? Well, it’s part of the comeback hair craze that is proving itself to be a favourite and not a fad. Wigs! Women are embracing different textures, lengths, and colours to showcase their new-found style, mood and beauty. If Oprah still had her talk […]
- beauty standards
- BLACK HAIR
- Curly Hair
- eurocentric beauty standards
- Kinky Hair
- LAPP The Brand
- Leomie Anderson
- Michelle Obama
- Natural Hair
- Oprah Winfrey
- Personal Growth
- self love
- social media
Show Me Something Real: An Ode to the Anti-Acne Beauty Industryby Dan Bennett
From the time that most of us were able to comprehend the concept of an advertisement, it seems like young women (and men) have been consistently targeted into a marketing scheme that is dedicated to making our faces and bodies nothing but flawless. Everywhere from the aisle at a drugstore with severely photo shopped faces […]
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Why It’s Time to Talk About Female Hair Lossby Dan Bennett
Historically, socially and culturally, hair is a symbol of youth, sexuality and above all, femininity. Baldness on the other hand is often associated with the caricature of the middle-aged man and is not a condition usually aligned with women, especially young women. As an issue that affects such a large proportion of us at some […]
Shudu the CGI Instagram Model: Impressive Art or Harmful Fetish?by Dan Bennett
A while ago the bomb dropped on us internet folk that Shudu, a stunning ebony-skinned model with a following of over 30k on Instagram and a recent shout-out from Fenty Beauty’s account wearing one of their lipstick shades, was in fact the 3D art project of London-based photographer Cameron-James Wilson. What’s that, you ask? Looks […]
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Girl Code: Careers, Love-Life and Confidence.by Dan Bennett
Girl code. I have a love/hate opinion towards this phrase but it’s something, in my early 20’s, I’ve found to be of extreme importance. What should matter to all of us regardless of our occupancy, financial situation or relationship status is the strength of our friendships and loyalty to each other as women. As an […]
Has The Natural Hair Movement Become Too Commercialised?by Dan Bennett
In the past few years I have watched the natural hair movement grow exponentially. This is something I am happy to see but also something that I heed with apprehension. Despite having had natural hair for near enough my whole life, and being all for positive representation of black women there is something about the […]
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