Every woman cares about beauty! Here, we can have heartfelt conversations about beauty as a concept and beauty as in how we tend to ourselves!

8 01, 2015

Brazilian ‘Slave to Beauty’ Shows Negative Side Effects of Booty Surgery

By | January 8th, 2015|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|3 Comments

Woman injected with chemicals that made her body rot from the inside out; my thoughts on when enough will be enough.

4 12, 2014

My Thoughts on Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe

By | December 4th, 2014|Beauty, Latest News, Standards of Black Beauty|43 Comments

I tried really hard to leave this topic alone because, quite frankly, I don't think my opinion matters much. This ties into another post that I have coming up behind the "Who's Allowed To Call You Fat?" topic but really... I have no stock in neither her successes nor her failures, so my interest is [...]

28 11, 2014

Rant: Model Arrested For Booty Injection-Related Homicide

By | November 28th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|63 Comments

Pebbelz is King/Smooth/XXL/Booty mag alumni, right? She lied, for years, about having injections...

25 11, 2014

Deaths Related to Botched Booty Work Still on the Rise

By | November 25th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|7 Comments

Autopsy of Latina "Queen of Radio" shows she suffered from complications with implants for decades.

27 10, 2014

Open Thread: The Most Heart Breaking Email I’ve Ever Received

By | October 27th, 2014|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|22 Comments

A teen begs me to help her to lose weight...but is it for the wrong reasons?

23 09, 2014

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Plastic Surgery

By | September 23rd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|1 Comment

She ordered a chemical from Brazil, only for her body to reject it and develop "red nodules" and pus. The substance was tested and found to be low-grade GLASS.

15 09, 2014

Black Women, Body Image And Our Relationship To The Life-Sized Barbie

By | September 15th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|25 Comments

What does your relationship with Barbie look like?

15 09, 2014

Black Women, Media Erasure, and #BootyGate

By | September 15th, 2014|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|4 Comments

A few quick words on my essay about Vogue's Era of the Big Booty article, and erasure of black women's contributions to beauty at large.

31 08, 2014

Size Politics: Dating, Salaries, And Friendships

By | August 31st, 2014|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty, The Op-Eds|24 Comments

Revisiting the idea of "dating while overweight," and what I learned from the debate that ensued.

22 08, 2014

From Retouching To Plastic Surgery: Minorities And Assimilation

By | August 22nd, 2014|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|22 Comments

After writing so much about retouched pics of women, let's talk about surgery...

22 08, 2014

Quick Quote: “I Remember a Time When I, Too, Felt Unbeautiful”

By | August 22nd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

"What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul."

16 08, 2014

Thigh Gaps: Dangerous Obsession, Healthy Perspective, and Learning (and Loving) Your Hips

By | August 16th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Did You Know, Exercise 101|32 Comments

Demystifying the "thigh gap," and what you need to know about this disturbing new trend.

6 06, 2014

Your Daughter, Her Weight… And You

By | June 6th, 2014|Beauty|14 Comments

I remember high school. I'd pretty much prefer to forget, honestly. I can say that I enjoyed my years, there. I was entrenched in the music department, lived in the library and was pretty good at staying out of trouble. I was pretty shielded from the traumas of weight that the outside world was facing. [...]

22 05, 2014

Don’t Have a Thigh Gap? Just PhotoShop One!

By | May 22nd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|2 Comments

Today, you will look at this botched photoshop job...and laugh. Heartily.

5 05, 2014

Meet Ole’ Miss’ Brand New Homecoming Queen

By | May 5th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|13 Comments

"‘Maybe your grades will get you somewhere one day, because your looks sure won’t.’ That was probably the best motivation I could have had.”

2 05, 2014

“If They Hadn’t Told Me I Was Ugly, I Never Would Have Searched for My Beauty”

By | May 2nd, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Quick Quotes, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

"...And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn't have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable."

17 04, 2014

Black Women, Our Bodies & Perceptions of Beauty: Straight Hair

By | April 17th, 2014|Beauty, Black Hair, Standards of Black Beauty|65 Comments

What if you swapped your hair with your body in your list of priorities? This wouldn't even be an issue then, would it?

15 04, 2014

How to Give (and Receive) a Compliment

By | April 15th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image|4 Comments

"I can't tell you the number of times I've seen grown women fall into a compliment fest because neither one knew how to take a compliment, or how to deliver one, for that matter. Or - even worse - one person delivers a compliment to another simply because they're hoping the other person will respond in kind with a compliment of their own."

8 04, 2014

The Not-So-Secret Bigotry In Plus Sized Fashion

By | April 8th, 2014|Beauty|62 Comments

Why is it that the plus sized community keeps getting "shelved?"

14 03, 2014

“I Say That Inner Beauty Does Not Exist”

By | March 14th, 2014|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|8 Comments

"That's something that unpretty women invented to justify themselves."