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Every so often, it’s important to re-evaluate the “standard” for beauty when it comes to women of color and how it affects us every day. Are our standards healthy? Are they beneficial to young women? Let’s talk!

20 03, 2017

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Goes Wrong at Clinic That Has Killed Before

By | 2017-07-25T01:32:02+00:00 March 20th, 2017|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|1 Comment

"...died from fat clots that caused her organs to fail by blocking her arteries, Miami-Dade coroners concluded in an autopsy report."

25 04, 2016

Lil’ Kim is Not a Freak Show, She’s What We Should Expect

By | 2017-06-10T11:19:20+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|4 Comments

We tell women it is important to be beautiful, and being beautiful requires fair skin. Shouldn’t we expect women to go to great lengths to become beautiful?

9 11, 2015

Just Say No to Waist Trainers

By | 2017-06-10T11:19:34+00:00 November 9th, 2015|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Conscious Consumerism, Debunking The Myths, Fad Diets, Fat Loss, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

Your waist trainer causes UTIs, incontinence, temporary heart failure, indigestion, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and more. Read how inside.

31 03, 2015

When Woman Dies From Booty Injections in Salon, Salon PACKS UP AND LEAVES

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:29+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|4 Comments

Stop doing this. Stop your loved ones from doing this. Staple them to a seat and force them to stay there, for all I care.

10 03, 2015

4-Year Old Teaches You How to Silence a Hater

By | 2015-03-10T11:51:06+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|0 Comments

I'm going to avoid taking the natural bait of "why would a little boy be calling a little girl who, ostensibly, looks like him... 'ugly?'" I mean, I'm going to try. Miss Cici A beautiful little girl was caught on camera with her Mommy having a discussion about how her day went at [...]

25 02, 2015

Who Should I Allow To Call Me Fat?

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:37+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Beauty, It's All Mental, My Journey, Standards of Black Beauty, The Op-Eds|15 Comments

A little while ago, I asked the wonderful, amazingly awesome readers of this site who they allow to bring their weight to their attention. Lots of great comments, with a couple of standouts below: I think people who really have your best intentions at heart are allowed to express their concerns to you about becoming [...]

20 01, 2015

On Colorism, #LightGirls, #DarkGirls, and Complicated Beauty for #BlackGirls

By | 2017-06-10T11:21:05+00:00 January 20th, 2015|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|2 Comments

My questions and thoughts on colorism, inspired by the recent chatter surrounding the recently-released documentary, Light Girls.

15 01, 2015

Dating While Fat And Feminist, And The Nasty Things You Learn When You Lose Weight

By | 2017-07-25T12:53:46+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Beauty, Social Construct, Standards of Black Beauty|215 Comments

"You wind up making friends with guys who admit their dating preferences freely, knowing that - since you're no longer fat - they won't offend you..."

8 01, 2015

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

By | 2017-06-10T11:21:35+00:00 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 | 2017-06-10T11:21:56+00:00 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 [...]

3 10, 2014

Retouching, Body Image and The Photoshop Diet: When Playboy Models Aren’t Even Enough

By | 2014-10-03T13:26:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|6 Comments

Not even the Playboy girls are naturally "perfect."

22 08, 2014

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

By | 2017-06-10T11:22:54+00:00 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."

2 05, 2014

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

By | 2017-06-10T11:24:25+00:00 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."