Cosmo Says Black Girls Are Rocking All The Wrong Trends

April 2, 2015  |  

It’s never too late to pay for your mistakes. Cosmopolitan learned that fact the hard way yesterday when one of their articles, from January was revived on the internets. The piece, which is still live, is called “21 Beauty Trends That Need To Die In 2015.”  Nothing wrong with that title. We all need to know when it’s time to let go of the looks that might be holding us back.

But the problem arose in the pictorial content. In the article Cosmo shows us the bad, outdated trends on one side, with one real woman wearing them in real life. And then on the other side, there’s a real woman wearing the new, more appropriate trend the right way.

Out of 21 categories, Black women, (or women of color) were represented four times. Not too bad.

The thing is, all four of those women were on the “dead”/bad trend side.

Not only is this representation offensive and denigrating, it’s also not exactly an accurate depiction of the fashion, style and beauty landscape these days.

Black girls have always been the pushers of style and culture. You need look no further than Elle calling cornrows and Timbs the new fashion trends for women, fashion trends we, Black women, have been rocking for decades.

Surely, they could have one undeniably Black or brown woman who’s doing it right. Because this right here is looking like a new school Clark doll test.

It almost would have been better if Cosmo had just omitted Black women from this entire article instead of associating us with only the tacky, played out styles.

This is why we need diversification in the media. Someone, anyone, maybe a couple of people of color on staff could have pointed out this error and Cosmo could have saved themselves some of the embarrassment.


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