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Lupita Nyong’o is People’s Most Beautiful

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Lupita on People

While watching The Wendy Williams Show, I found out that earlier this morning People magazine announced that Lupita Nyong'o has been chosen as their "Most Beautiful" person of the  year.

Lupita is having a spectacular year.  She won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave and was recently signed to a major beauty campaign with Lancôme Paris.  So, it really comes as no surprise that she would grace People's 50 Most Beautiful issue, which goes on sale this Friday.

Lupita told People that she used to equate beauty with what she saw on television, which was  "Light skin and long, flowing straight hair," she said.  "Subconsciously you begin to appreciate those things more than what you possess."   Lupita added that her  mother, Dorothy, always told her she was beautiful, "and I finally believed her at some point."

The 31-year old actress also told People that she was excited by the honor and called it "a major, major compliment."  She's happy about all the little girls who will see her on the cover.   Hopefully, those little girls of color, no, make that all little girls will also appreciate how beautiful they are.

Lupita Nyong'o is definitely setting new beauty standards.

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Image: Lupita Nyong'o on the cover of People's 50 Most Beautiful Issue

Is Waxing the Best Hair Removal Method for Skin of Color?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

woman waxing leg

It's that time of the year when many of us are more conscious of hair growth on our bodies.  You might have been able to get away with a little stubble under the arms because long sleeved tops covered the area, but now with the warmer weather you're more apt to be in tank tops and other sleeveless tops--so you really want to be bare.

One popular method for hair removal is waxing--definitely not my favorite. (I'd rather use a stinky depilatory.) There are some benefits to waxing, but there are precautions women of color need to take to prevent problems like ingrown hairs.  Find more information in Hair Waxing Skin of Color.



Lupita Nyong’o is the New Face of Lancôme

Friday April 4, 2014


I knew it wouldn't be long before Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o would be tapped as a celebrity brand ambassador for a beauty company.  Today Lancôme announced that Lupita Nyong'o is the new "Lancôme ambassadress".

"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved," said Lupita. "I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."

"Both talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices, Lupita is by essence the Lancôme woman," stated Françoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International, in a release sent out by the company. "A strikingly beautiful and intelligent woman, serenely but strongly living her life her own way, Lupita has this special kind of aura both enlightening and deep."

Xavier Vey, President of Lancôme USA added, "Lupita's authentic inner and outer beauty, her exquisite grace, and true confidence represent today's modern woman.  Having Lupita as a Lancôme ambassadress will help support our mission in the U.S. market, which is to speak to all women.  Her rising star status is like a blooming rose; she is elegant and has an undeniable brilliance."

Lupita Nyong'o will appear in campaigns this summer, shot by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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Photo: ©Alexi Lubomirski for Lancôme

A Look at Africa Fashion Day Berlin

Monday March 31, 2014

Nadir Tati

I was looking at images from the spring/summer 2014 fashion runways and I noticed a couple of pages of black models...and I knew something was up.

I have to admit that I often get frustrated when looking through Fashion Week photos and the most interesting makeup shots that would have been perfect for my purposes are of Caucasian models.  Occasionally you'll see more models of color, but usually I have to hunt for good beauty/makeup shots, especially of black models that seem to get a limited amount of attention from fashion photographers.

Then I found out the images I saw were from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin, during a special event called Africa Fashion Day Berlin now in its second year. (It's not a new concept - there are African Fashion Week productions now being held annually in New York City, Paris and London.)

Three black designers were given the spotlight in Berlin - Berlin-based designer Arrey Kono who is from Cameroon, Angolan designer Nadir Tati and British designer Romero Bryan.   You can read more about them in my article featuring images from Africa Fashion Day Berlin.

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