(Coloures) – Cosmopolitan.com came under fire yesterday for publishing a listicle of beauty trends that need to die back in January. Somehow no one on staff caught that pictures of Black women with brown skin were only used to illustrate the tacky trends—though Nicole Richie was used an example of a celebrity who got it right.

When screenshots hit social media, the backlash was swift. Using Black and Brown girls, almost exclusively, as examples of what beautyphiles should not do, sends a strong message to those who are used to mainstream media invalidating our beauty or erasing our presence

Folks who have no experience with marginalization would never see it, and this piece was likely not the result of malice on the part of the writer and editor responsible.


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