What We Tell Our Daughters About Body Hair

March 13, 2017 by

By Lauren Apfel - I learned to deal with unwanted body hair at my mother’s knee. I am dark and she is dark and this was part of my education in being a girl. I would sit on a low stool in her bathroom, which was big and blue-tiled, and watch as she depilated in one way or another. I was acquainted with the tools of the trade early—bleach for the face and arms, tweezers for the eyebrows, ... [Read More]

The Chemistry of Beauty: Hazel Bishop, Inventor Of First Marketable Indelible Lipstick

January 25, 2017 by

Remember a while ago when I said that botanists were the most under-respected members of the scientific community? Well, that's true until you consider a branch of science so underappreciated that many disdainfully refuse to even consider its practitioners as ... [Read More]

Guy Makes Hilarious Video In Drugstore To Show How Products Are Marketed To Men Vs. Women

December 27, 2016 by

We all know gendered marketing is a thing; women have become accustomed to seeing items made in pink, because that’s what companies think we want. Well, brands are double dipping in the gendered marketing pool as Lucky Turner from Richmond, VA found out while walking down ... [Read More]

Tattoo Artist India Amara Perfectly Articulates Why So Many Of Us Get Inked

October 26, 2016 by

India Amara is a tattoo artist based in Toronto. Most of her art focuses on dark florals, ornamental and sacred imagery. In this profile from Raina + Wilson, India talks about her approach to life and her work. “My intention is creating something for someone to wear that empowers them and gives them a better sense of themselves.” ... [Read More]

Three Women Dispelling Stereotypes About Body Hair

September 12, 2016 by

To remove body hair or to not remove body hair…it’s not a question, rather it’s a decision, and a very personal one at that. But unfortunately, we live in a society where women are expected to be hair free, and are often shamed when they are not. That has been the experience for Monica Hernandez, Alexandra Marzella, and Ayqa Khan. In this new video from ... [Read More]

Teens Explain Why They Embrace Their Color In New Campaign Against Skin-Bleaching Industry

July 29, 2016 by

Over the past several decades, bleaching and fairness creams have grown into a multi-million dollar industry in India. Brands marketing to women (and men) are selling the idea that fairer skin is the key to success - marriage prospects, careers and higher self-esteem. To combat these messages ... [Read More]

This “Finding Dory” Makeup Transformation Is Insane

June 17, 2016 by

We’ve seen some pretty great makeup transformations before, but YouTube v-logger Chrisspy’s new Finding Dory tutorial is insanely awesome. Chrisspy, whose real name is Christina, shows off some serious skills as she transforms into Dory. Explaining her inspiration, she says, “Finding Dory is coming out and Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies, so I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to see ... [Read More]

Straight/Curve: A Documentary About Body Image, The Fashion Industry & Society’s Unrealistic Standards Of Beauty

May 26, 2016 by

Straight/Curve, a documentary on body diversity, has released its second official trailer, which premiered at last week's United Nations' Body Inclusivity and Diversity Summit. The film looks at the current trends around female body image, ... [Read More]