‘The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.’

'The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.'

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‘The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.’

I’ve been into beauty since the first time I saw my mum look into her compact mirror and apply a generous swipe or two of lipstick. The shade she had on was called ‘crimson’. She got it from Myer back when they were called Grace Brothers and it was her favourite shade – she had multiples. 

I recall her mentioning that the reason she loved it was because it was the perfect shade for black women. I nodded back then, not completely understanding the connotation. 

Little did I know some twenty years later, I’d be dealing with the same lack of options for women of colour.

So, what does it look like to be failed by the beauty industry?

It looks like going to Priceline and seeing absolutely no shades darker than

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Paris Fashion Week SS22 Women Street Style Looks

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2022 has wrapped up on a strong note. For the past week, France’s fashion capital has welcomed the new season amidst a year of uncertainty and the return of physical fashion shows during the COVID-19 era. The city rejoiced at the comeback of one of fashion’s most anticipated weeks, seeing creatives and fashion admirers alike show up and celebrate some of the most coveted designers in the industry.

This fashion week was one to remember with brands like Balenciaga taking runway presentation to new heights by creating an episode of The Simpsons to showcase its SS22 collection to Olivier Rousteing celebrating his tenth year as Balmain‘s creative director with a star-studded runway.

With an abundance of dazzling events, Paris Fashion Week show-goers dusted off a year of quarantine with their new seasonal bests, dressing in the best street-influenced leisurewear. This year, Paris ignited a masterclass

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Afghan women hit back at Taliban with #DoNotTouchMyClothes campaign

Afghan women have started an online campaign to protest against the Taliban’s strict new dress code for female students. Using hashtags like #DoNotTouchMyClothes and #AfghanistanCulture, many are sharing pictures of their colourful traditional dresses. The BBC’s Sodaba Haidare spoke to the woman who sparked this social media fightback.

Type “Afghan traditional clothes” into Google and you will be overwhelmed at the sight of multi-coloured cultural dresses. Each one is unique, with handmade embroidery and heavy designs, small mirrors placed carefully around the chest, skirts long and pleated, perfect for twirling during “Attan” or Afghanistan’s national dance. Some women sport embroidered hats, others wear heavy headpieces, depending on which region of Afghanistan they come from.

A scaled-back version of similar dresses was worn every day by women going to university or their place of work in the past 20 years. Sometimes the trousers were replaced by jeans and the scarves were

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