Standards of beauty have been embedded in different cultures, in varying forms, from time immemorial. What endures is that women are still regarded as inferior to men.
Contemporary beauty culture in China blends traditional Chinese culture with modern aesthetics and global influences.
The artist’s fabled archive spans his entire career, showcasing his playful curiosity, his need for beauty and his respect for style.
You probably won’t be surprised there aren’t any clinical studies about whether buccal massage can give you a more contoured face. We also don’t know if your face could end up looking more ‘saggy’.
We are unsurprisingly attracted to the familiar.
Boosting body confidence should be as important as boosting sales to beauty brands.
We can promote inclusion and celebrate the beauty of diverse bodies without piggybacking on that relentless message about what makes women worthy.
Old women remain the butt of jokes; they are some of society’s most marginalised people. But age also invites us to become our most authentic selves, writes Carol Lefevre.
The objectification of women’s beauty measured by competitive processes, linked specifically to the body, strengthens patriarchal norms.
Important questions surrounding the praise over Kim Kardashian’s Skims are missing from mainstream conversations.
The classical tradition has long excluded anyone who wasn’t white. But a succession of Black female artists have attempted to broaden these ossified boundaries.
We fall for people based on appearance, kindness and wealth. It’s not as simple as removing one part of the equation.
In the 19th century, Baartman was dehumanized and mocked for her large posterior. So what does it mean when Black women today strive for ‘Sarah Baartman hips’?
A woman’s right to use fillers and have plastic surgery was a topic of discussion on the show after a male contestant alluded that he found women who used such enhancements ‘fake’.
What if one of the answers to the challenges of distance learning was to go back to basics and set up less “tech” and more human contexts?
It’s not just employers, it’s society in general.
The long history of racist beauty standards alone cannot explain the ongoing global use of harmful skin lighteners.
While popular portrayals of hairdressers and beauticians present them as “bimbos”, salons can also provide a refuge for clients to share painful realities.
The more people watch TV the more likely it is that they prefer a slimmer female body size.
The technician who gave you that shiny manicure may be inhaling dangerous levels of toxic chemicals on the job.