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Appropriately labeled the Beauty Issue, inside the mag, these musical heavy hitters are discussing self-expression, personal style, and, of course, hair. Erykah told Essence:
“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”
And yet, Miss Badu does just that every time we catch a glimpse of her on a red carpet, performing on stage, or posing in an ad for Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, though, her take on her personal style is shared by fellow cover beauty Ledisi. Echoing some of the same sentiments she shared with us in a recent interview, the New Orleans-bred singer said:
“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”
The baby of the bunch, Solange, also shared her view on style, pointing out that everyone should be allowed to dictate what works for their own bodies, saying:
“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”
Amen to that. These three gorgeous Essence covers are available on newsstands today and you can check out each one solo on the next few pages. Which one are you picking up?
“Sometimes I feel like Marilyn Monroe, I’m insecure, yeah I make mistakes.”I think Nicki makes a good point. I‘m willing to argue that many woman not only admire Monroe’s apple pie “all-American” beauty, but can identify with her story as well. Monroe’s story is that of many superstars: The tale of an industry that builds up celebrities based on their beauty (and sometimes their talent) and doesn’t make any extra effort to intervene while watching them inevitably breakdown beneath their demons. Maintaining the balance between inner and outer beauty is a struggle that all women can identify with: blonde, brunette and everything in between. Blonde with blues eyes is just another fad like big booties and small waists and tattoos and piercings. Our community needs to be a little less critical about what one another look like and pay more attention to other underlying issues. The truth is every woman who wants to rock a blonde bob from time to time doesn’t have a secret wish to be white. I grew up looking at beauty icons like Lisa Bonet, Chaka Khan and Aaliyah. Marilyn Monroe was just one example of American beauty, not the only one and the sooner we allow little girls to expand their definitions of the word, the less eager we’ll be to accuse each other of self-hate just because someone doesn’t want to rock an afro and a dashiki. I’ll admit, some of us have some deep seeded issues, but some of us just get easily bored with narrow definitions of beauty. I can’t argue that there are plenty of black beauty icons to go around from Lena Horne to Lupita N’yongo, but if blonde hair and blue eyes are what some of our women look up to, does it honestly have to be that deep? Will we crucify women who tan their skin and crop their hair in an effort to look like Lupita if that’s what we begin to glorify? I don’t think black women or any women for that matter aim to be Marilyn Monroe as much as they aim to just be seen as beautiful. And as long as we keep allowing the media and corporations to decide exactly what that means, the longer we will chase it whether it’s blonde hair with blue eyes or hydrogel inflated booties. What’s most important is that women are able to embrace the many definitions of beauty and not just what the media, a man or their own “brothers and sisters” tells them is acceptable. Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
Once upon a time, the red carpet was a monotone place that only celebrated one type of beauty. But today, Hollywood is embracing diversity of all colors thanks to the pioneering work of some of our favorite entertainers. Shouts out to these women who are changing Hollywood’s standard of beauty one red carpet at a time.
Earlier this year Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Porsha Stewart, officially launched a line of premium quality hair extensions, Go N*ked Hair. Now it looks like the soon-to-be divorced reality TV personality has ventured into the beauty business as well. According to BET, in addition to Go N*ked Hair, the Atlanta native has also launched Beauty by Porsha, a line consisting of hair care and beauty products.
Products offered by the new line include Bye Frizzy! towelettes, which are supposed to assist with the taming of flyaway and unruly hair strands.
“I needed a product to keep my hair neat and smelling fresh. We created ‘Bye Frizzy!’ for all women who need a quick refresher,” says Porsha.
In addition to Bye Frizzy!, the line also offers Bye Brittle! nail hardener, which is said to restore damaged nails. Porsha is among the ranks of several reality stars who have taken a stab at the beauty business since snagging roles in popular reality shows, including Basketball Wives‘ Tami Roman, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta‘s Rashida and fellow Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kenya Moore.
Do you think you’d be interested in trying out any of these products?
As a plus-size blogger, I’ve been known over the years to be very vocal about the lack of plus-size representation in the fashion industry. From voicing my disappointment with thelack of diversity on online fashion communities, to challenging the standards of body image and blogging, I always speak my mind. As one of those girls who grew up flipping through the pages of Teen Vogue and Lucky hoping and wishing that one day I would see someone who looks like me gracing the pages, I’ve been a constant advocate of initiating open dialogue about plus-size options in the fashion industry.
So it took me by surprise when I read earlier this week about model Tara Lynn’s statements regarding plus-size models and fashion. The size 14/16 fashion modelrecently told Elle Magazine, “It is hard to make clothes look great on big women. The more fat there is on a body, the more variation there is in the shape of that body.” Though I agree with the latter part of her statement regarding body fat causing for variations in body shape, I wholeheartedly disagree with the former. It is absolutely not hard to make clothes look good on big women.
First of all, you don’t have to make big women look good. And you certainly shouldn’t have to make clothes look good. A great piece of clothing is a great piece of clothing, regardless of its size. I shuddered when I read Tara Lynn’s statement. It essentially implies that big women, by default, don’t look good. Aside from the astounding statistics that prove the majority of women in this country alone are an astonishing average size 14 as opposed to the fashion’s ideal standard size 2, there is a grave misconception that curvy and plus-size women inherently have to try 10 times harder to look presentable.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
Last year, Miami teen Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of her friend Trayvon Martin. Of course, this new-found exposure has opened her up to a world of criticism and scrutiny, which radio host Tom Joyner has her in counseling for. But Rachel says that she doesn’t pay much attention to people’s negative comments.
“I don’t really care about that. I can’t let them put me down. I was there to help a friend out,” she told The Grio of her decision to testify in the highly publicized trial.
As for all of the support she’s received, Rachel says she’s truly thankful.
“I’m blessed. That’s the truth. Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”
During a recent visit to New York, The Grio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to offer the soon-to-be college student the ultimate makeover.
“I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s exciting working with theGrio.com, and black media partnering together to collaborate on this project. This is the first time we have done something like this. She’s been really fabulous so far. You can tell she really loves style and fashion,” said Ebony style director Marielle Bobo.
The 19-year-old high school senior was given beautiful new hair extensions, a manicure and makeup.
“She’s super young, with all this vivaciousness and personality. We want to keep that, but translate it into ways that can work for her, for her new life as a student. We want to give her a look that’s going to translate from campus life, to any internships, or employment that she may be doing while she’s at school,” Marielle added.
You can find out more about Rachel’s life post trial and view more photos from her makeover in Ebony’s December/January issue.
Check out footage from Rachel’s makeover session below. For a sneak peak of her transformation, click to the next page.
The fashion world is a beautiful, fantastical escape, but sometimes a real-life issue yanks us back from our Louboutin wishes and Balmain dreams into the cold, harsh reality at hand. Today’s terrible truth has to deal with pre-teen and teenage girls, their body issues, and their self-esteem. It’s bad enough that teenagers must navigate the tricky waters of growing up around Photoshopped ads and magazine covers crowding them in from all angles, and it seems that impressionable young minds are having a hard time sorting out the real from the fake–and feeling all the worse for it.
Young girls are feeling so bad, in fact, that they’re taking to YouTube–by the hundreds of thousands–to find validation (or humiliation) through posting “Am I pretty or ugly?” videos. Girls who question their appearance due to bullying at school or feelings of inadequacy are posting homemade videos on YouTube asking the general public to rate them on their appearance–the results are as disturbing as you’d think.
In the video below, for instance, a 14-year-old girl laments her confusion over her appearance–saying that her friends tell her she’s beautiful and that they’re jealous of her face, but other kids at school call her ugly. This sad trend of asking an unknown–and potentially cruel–public to judge one’s appearance has been around for a few years now. Early in 2012 one professor at Pace University referred to the practice as a form of “self-mutilation,” akin to cutting and eating disorders. Yet another article from early 2012 says, ”This is a self-destructive yet, unconsciously, coping mechanism. They’re trying to feel better, but it’s self destructive and it’s not working.”
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
In case you were looking to try out another reality TV star-branded hair extension line, look no further. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton recently celebrated the launch of her new hair line, Select Extensions, this past weekend in Atlanta.
Celebs like Marlo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta cast mates, Tameka Raymond and Funky Dineva were in attendance of the event, which took place at Atlanta’s My Fair Sweets. According to FreddyO, some drama also went down between Marlo and one of NeNe’s estranged sisters. The nature of the altercation is unclear, but witnesses say that Marlo was unhappy about the sister attending her event and eventually hair went “flying.” NeNe’s sister was eventually escorted out of the party.
What’s interesting, however, is the fact that Marlo’s hair pieces were being showcased on wooden hangers. Currently, there aren’t many details available about the line, but according to attendees, the outspoken reality star showcased multiple premium pieces from the collection.