In this post I’ll be commenting on three magazine editions covering fashion and beauty. Some of the looks will be going into my neglected beauty scrapbook. I need a new one and these images would be perfect to start it off.
Vogue (September 2016) had a fashion feature on diversity on the catwalk. I love to see curly hair on the catwalk where before it used to be straight hair only. I like to follow designers who embrace ethnic diversity and keep the curls so it was lovely to see that Louis Vuitton had Natalie Westling with her gorgeous red curls and Luisana Gonzalez with her covetable afro curls walking down the runway. Gonzalez’s curls were described by Emily Sheffield as “a mass of untamed frizz”, ugh, which is not true. I would love for magazines to get rid of this negativity around curls. There was nothing untamed about it. Her afro was perfectly shaped and curly-smooth. Where’s the frizz? How about we think of some better words to describe her gorgeous, voluminous, curly hair?
I have been following Balmain on social media since Olivier Rousteing joined because to me he lives and breathes diversity. I have spotted age and ethnic diversity in his campaigns so he received a well-deserved mention in the article. Enough fashion, this is a beauty blog!
I have been a subscriber to Harper’s Bazaar for a while now. The subscriber-only covers and the stunning imagery within are too difficult to break way from, even when in the past I would say brown beauty representation was not great. In 2016, there were two months where black or mixed race women featured prominently. Needless to say, I was delighted!
In May 2006, there was a deliberate effort to celebrate diversity in a feature called “Shades of Beauty: a multicultural celebration of the many hues of beauty and couture” by Carine Roitfeld.
The first image (Ari Westphal) immediately spoke to me – medium brown skin like mine (or how I think it looks!), brown eyes like mine (ok, mine are darker). Off-white nails, green eyeshadow and lilac lipstick? Yes, that will work on me because it works on her.
Next page (Alecia Morais): golden brown skin, the afro I want to have in the hair colour I already have, turquoise nails, blue eyeshadow and coral lips? Yes, that will work on me because it works on her.
Another image (Ari Westphal): Soft curls in a brown shade I’d like to try, copper and green eyeshadow, coral lips, peach and coral manicure? Yes, that will work on me because it works on her.
Next (Cai Lee): brown skin (ok, maybe a little darker than mine but maybe our undertones are the same) the red hair I’ve always dreamt about trying, glossy green lids, lipgloss the same colour as the hair? Yes, that will work on me because it works on her.
Finally (Ysaunny Brito): Brown skin (darker than mine but who cares?), dark brown or even black hair like mine (kind of). Golden glitter lids, black glossy lips, pink glitter nails? Yes, that will work on me because it works on her.
I think you will now understand the point I am making. If I can identify with what I am seeing, if I can see it on myself in my imagination without too much effort, I will buy it. If I bought everything listed above just based on the models, I would have just spent hundreds of pounds in Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani.
The November 2016 edition was even more creative and but the focus was not on ethnic diversity. It was on art. The important thing about this feature was that race was supposed to be a non-issue. You are supposed to focus on the fashion, makeup and the art inspiration. It’s this kind of feature I want to see more of and it comes up quite regularly in Stylist magazine. One model throughout the whole feature to speak to everyone. This to me is inclusivity.
If you described the model, as far as I’m concerned, you would use the same words to describe me (just add in the freckles). This is why the feature spoke to me and when it does that, I feel included.
This is also part of the reason I started “Tasha’s Face”. I wanted to show you what makeup looks like on me so you can decide if it suits you. I will try not to let a lack of camera (it broke), lack of sunlight (well it is the UK) and lack of time (I just need to find it) stop me this year.
I will be looking out for more diversity in the magazines I read. Let me know if you want more posts like this, or even a video or live chat.