The beauty industry brings in big bank, but there's still a disconnect between brands and shoppers when it comes to making sure everyone feels "represented."
WASHINGTON (AP) — National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.
Another year, another chance for Vanity Fair to celebrate the rich diversity of the film industry with their Hollywood issue. The cover, as is customary, was lensed by Annie Leibovitz in her signature charismatic style. It features 12 actors and actresses (plus a cameo by outgoing editor-in-chief Graydon Carter), all of whom have received significant press for their work throughout the past year.
"This is a cover that can change society. It shows a woman who is vibrant, attractive, who still laughs, and who for the first time is a woman my age.”
There is still a long way to go for the beauty industry to be where it needs to be in terms of inclusion — and one subset of the population that's been entirely left out of the beauty conversation is black men.
Sruthi Jayadevan, from Dallas, Texas, is frequently pictured on social media donning sparkling bindis, colourful saris, and ornate nose rings.
At a first glance, Sophia Hadjipanteli looks like your typical model. She’s blonde, beautiful and has great eyebrows. Look a little closer and you’ll see she has a full on unibrow, replacing Frida Kahlo as the icon for strong-browed women. Sophia’s unique look has racked up almost 60,000 followers on Instagram. And though many praise her for showing a different view of beauty, there are a few that love to tell the model how unattractive a monobrow really is. For every ‘ugly’ comment, Sophia is aiming to hit back by kickstarting the #UnibrowMovement: a hashtag that she hopes will “normalise [things] that society pressures us to hide or fix. I want to encourage tolerance of others, acceptance of differences, and most importantly- be proud of who you are.” If you’re wondering why Sophia’s eyebrows are so dark, here’s a secret: they’re tinted. The model got so tired of having to fill in her naturally blonde brows that she tinted them, accidentally turning them black. Fortunately, she was over the moon with the look and now regularly ensures to tint them whenever the blonde starts coming through. “I am not really doing this to show people that they have to like [my unibrow], I am more so doing it to show people that they can get on with their lives by having a preference,” she told Harper’s Bazaar . “I personally think my face looks better this way. Others disagree, and that’s totally cool. I am not trying to get anyone on the unibrow bandwagon. If I like this, just let me like this.” “I want to be sure that I am not defined by the way I look right now. I look at [my unibrow] like it’s winged eyeliner or red lipstick. In five years I might look back and think, ‘that was a cool phase!’ But until people start to accept others for this specific feature on their face, I won’t feel ready to move on from it.” Take a look at Sophia’s bold brows along with some other women who are redefining modern beauty with their body hair. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Meet the model proudly rocking her unibrow This model suffers from a rare genetic disorder – but that won’t stop her Model with facial birthmark is on a mission to help others embrace differences