Despite our self-motivation and affirmations, “Black is beautiful;” “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice;” India.Arie’s single “Brown Skin” and Wale’s single “Shade,” mainstream America, and in this case, media, often take back-handed shots to remind us, women of color, that we don’t make the cut when it comes to their standards of beauty, which is “all white everything.” In Cosmopolitan’s “Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015,” for every woman of color featured there was a “RIP” stamped across her forehead.
No woman of color: Black, dark skinned, light skinned, pecan tan, redbone, yellow girl earned the “Hello Gorgeous” stamp. Here’s what Cosmopolitan had to say about the backlash: A note from the editor: This article focuses on beauty trends with images that represent those trends. Some images have been taken out of context, and we apologize for any offense. Celebrating all women is our mission, and we will continue to work hard to do that.
A note from this editor: #RIPCosmopolitan.
Cheers To “Racist Trends That Need to Die in 2015.”