Standards of Black Beauty

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!

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?

8 04, 2014

Woman Becomes Multiple Amputee After Botched Booty Injections

By | April 8th, 2014|Standards of Black Beauty|31 Comments

"She's now a multiple amputee. She says hospitalizations after unlicensed cosmetic procedures led to life-threatening infections...

3 04, 2014

My Quest For Michelle Obama Arms

By | April 3rd, 2014|My Journey, Standards of Black Beauty|29 Comments

I make no bones about the fact that I love our First Lady. Did I adore Laura Bush? Yes, but something about Michelle Obama just rocks to me. Maybe it's just her arms. I'm not playing either. She looks like she puts effort - actual effort - into those bad boys! I know that the [...]

27 03, 2014

Black Women, Our Bodies & Perceptions of Beauty: “White Girl Stuff”

By | March 27th, 2014|Standards of Black Beauty|50 Comments

For some reason, eating healthy is often brushed off and regarded as a "white people thing..."

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."

28 01, 2014

‘Cause Your Good Hair Is More Important Than Your Health?

By | January 28th, 2014|Beauty, Black Hair, Latest News, Standards of Black Beauty|46 Comments

To my knowledge Chris Rock's movie, Good Hair, doesn't have a fitness element to it, no. Although I did catch a clip of Raven-Symone (I think?) saying that our hair prevents us from "doing certain things," I'm not sure if the topic will be in there. I've asked a couple of people who have seen [...]

27 01, 2014

AP Highlights Risks and Dangers of Booty Injections

By | January 27th, 2014|Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|6 Comments

Stories of booty injections gone horribly wrong.

3 12, 2013

The Beauty Shop: Let’s Start Talking About Our Hair

By | December 3rd, 2013|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|17 Comments

Welcome to the BGG2WL beauty shop! We'll be talking hair, body image, beauty standards, and how it all affects health and fitness!

12 11, 2013

Two-Time Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Says “Stop Talking About” Her Hair

By | November 12th, 2013|Beauty, Black Hair, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|20 Comments

''Nothing is going to change,'' she said. ''I'm going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.''

7 11, 2013

On Badu and Our Bodies: Are We Comfortable In Our Own Skin?

By | November 7th, 2013|Beauty, Social Construct, Standards of Black Beauty, The Op-Eds|17 Comments

I had my moment of analyzing Erykah Badu's latest video, and then - like most things pop culture - I was over it. Until... I just so happened to read Naked & Unashamed, and catch this quote at the end: "People have to be comfortable in their own skin before they can be comfortable with [...]

5 11, 2013

Great Hair or Great Body? Straight Hair and Working Out

By | November 5th, 2013|Beauty, Black Hair, Latest News, Standards of Black Beauty|56 Comments

There's that looming debate over why women of color are so adamant about having straight hair. Some assumption that it is so thoroughly related to societal definitions of beauty, European standards of attractiveness, and has nothing to do with who we were born to be. Yeah, well makeup, spanx, and high heels have nothing to [...]

1 11, 2013

Why “Inner Beauty” Isn’t Enough

By | November 1st, 2013|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|10 Comments

"You know it wasn’t the typical what you see on magazines. You know just having far apart eyes and having different features, you know, high cheek bones and different things you kinda have to grow into. I definitely struggled with that."

28 10, 2013

In Defense of “Beautiful,” and a 7-Year-Old’s Future Afro

By | October 28th, 2013|Beauty, Body Image, Social Construct, Standards of Black Beauty|26 Comments

You don't think EVERYONE can be beautiful? Here's all the reasons why I disagree.

17 09, 2013

Sound Off: “A Size 0 is Nothing to Be Proud Of For a Black Woman”

By | September 17th, 2013|Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|29 Comments

Share your thoughts below on the following: Either way a size 0 is nothing to be proud of if you are a black woman, god just did not design our body to naturally be a size 0.

9 07, 2013

How To Build A Fit Booty

By | July 9th, 2013|Exercise 101, Fat Loss, Standards of Black Beauty, Work It Out!|110 Comments

The booty. I know, I know. For some reason, it seems like you can never escape booty talk. "I need to do something with this booty." "My booty is perfect - I don't want exercise to ruin that." Listen for long enough, and you'll eventually hear "I need to get off my booty [...]

24 06, 2013

Sound Off: Discuss the “Dark Girls” Documentary

By | June 24th, 2013|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|17 Comments

Share your thoughts on OWN's "Dark Girls" documentary with the rest of the #bgg2wlarmy!

17 06, 2013

Another Woman Dies From Botched Booty Injections

By | June 17th, 2013|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|6 Comments

What is it that can be gained from having a big booty....that would make you risk leaving your two children motherless?

14 06, 2013

Friday 5: 5 Reasons To Stop Looking at Magazine Models For Fitness Inspiration

By | June 14th, 2013|Beauty, Body Image, Friday 5, Standards of Black Beauty|10 Comments

Five reasons why I'ma need y'all to lay off the magazine inspiration stuff.

27 03, 2013

First Lady Obama “Puts Daughters On Diet,” Blogosphere Goes Nuts

By | March 27th, 2013|Beauty, Health News, Standards of Black Beauty|18 Comments

Lately, First Lady Michelle Obama has been giving lots of interviews in regards to launching her new initiative to address childhood obesity. Needless to say, as a growing fitness lover and parent, this makes me so giddy I could squeal. The plans and changes that could come from focusing on our children... the possibilities are [...]

19 03, 2013

Shot Girls: Read An Excerpt From A Video Vixen’s Book About Booty Injections

By | March 19th, 2013|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|61 Comments

"When the third injection was finished... he used superglue to seal the poke hole that was made by the needle."