The All Included Fashion Show in Richmond pushes back on Eurocentric beauty standards perpetuated by the fashion industry and mainstream media. Instead of elevating people who are skinny, white and flawless, the show brought together people of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes. Read more about the event at Richmond Pulse.Read More Fashion Show Highlights Beauty of All
With the body positivity movement, more people are speaking out about the toxic culture of body shaming. One of these vocal people is Merced’s Aaliyah Jensen, who writes about what it’s like to grow up as a teenage girl in the current era of Instagram models, photoshopped advertisements, and tabloid body shaming. “I want to […]Read More Breaking Beauty Standards
Merced’s Alliyah Jensen never struggled to find makeup that matched her skin because of her light pigmentation. But as she grew up, she started to realize how neglected dark skinned women are in terms of representation in the makeup industry. “Being a fair skinned woman I do not face the hardships that women of color […]Read More When it Comes to Makeup, Color Matters
When Solé Rivera was just 12 years-old, people were always commenting on how she should lose weight. But even after shedding some pounds, Rivera didn’t feel different—and now she’s learning that self-love comes from more than just feeling healthy. “The world is starting to realize that beauty doesn’t only come in one size or shape.” […]Read More New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight? Remember Not to Lose Yourself
Growing up in a white community, Nila Venkat wished she could change her black hair and brown skin to match the blue-eyed, blonde-hair portrayals of beauty. “But as we get older, we gain more confidence and start figuring out what’s beautiful about us as we are.” Read the story at Youth Radio.Read More Neither Black nor white
Five young people cogitate on the question, “What is beauty?” Does the presence of beauty imply certain physical qualities? “Personally I think [beauty] runs deeper than that. It runs into your character and how you view the world.” See the video from Media Arts Center San Diego.Read More What is beauty?
Two young women of color ask why people are willing to spend so much money on weaves and wigs for their hair, and what that means about beauty standards and self-image. The story is on the Youth Radio Podcast.Read More The weave and wig obsession
Feeling overly reliant on her hair as her identifying trait, a young woman takes the leap and chops her locks. She tells the story in her own voice, on Youth Radio.Read More I chopped my hair, because it was beautiful