Spotlight: Beauty on Black Women

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Here are some news, highlights and facts about the beauty industry and black women. In some ways, there has been progress made in leaps and bounds, but in other areas, there is room for improvement. What remains constant is that women of all shades should be treated beautifully.

In The Media

The movie Black Panther is achieving record-breaking sales at the box office. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told ABC News on Saturday that Black Panther is the best film Marvel Studios has ever made. The real celebration around the movie has been about the beautiful black women, and the positive roles they played. As an African-American woman, I have to say bravo! Finally, a positive mainstream celebration of natural hair and brown beauty on the big screen.

In the News

Liberian-American Richelieu Dennis, founder of the natural hair and skincare brands Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage, acquired Essence magazine from Time Inc last month. This makes the magazine, once again, 100 percent black-owned. The magazine executive team is run entirely by women. Here is an interview with Richelieu Dennis on his plans for Essence magazine and the future of Shea Moisture:

 

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Beauty Spotlight on Black Women

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By Karim Orange / February 27, 2018

 

By Karim Orange

In celebration of Black History Month, here are some news, highlights and facts about the beauty industry and black women. In some ways, there has been progress made in leaps and bounds, but in other areas, there is room for improvement. What remains constant is that women of all shades should be treated beautifully.

In The Media

The movie Black Panther is achieving record-breaking sales at the box office. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told ABC News on Saturday that Black Panther is the best film Marvel Studios has ever made. The real celebration around the movie has been about the beautiful black women, and the positive roles they played. As an African-American woman, I have to say bravo! Finally, a positive mainstream celebration of natural hair and brown beauty on the big screen.

In the News

Liberian-American Richelieu Dennis, founder of the natural hair and skincare brands Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage, acquired Essence magazine from Time Inc last month. This makes the magazine, once again, 100 percent black-owned. The magazine executive team is run entirely by women. Here is an interview with Richelieu Dennis on his plans for Essence magazine and the future of Shea Moisture:

Historically Speaking

Beauty should be celebrated in all shades, but historically that has not always been the case in the personal-care products industry. Women of color have had to face Discrimination at the Makeup Counter from commercial makeup brands for years, despite the fact that we spend a ton of money. According to WWD, Black women spend an estimated $7.5 billion annually on beauty products. This equates to 80 percent more on cosmetics and twice as much on skin care than other groups, yet we are still underserved by the cosmetics industry.

The Power of Beauty

There is currently a huge celebration of the commercial makeup brand Fenty Beauty. The new makeup line by Rihanna is inclusive of all shades and, due to the demand, it is constantly selling out. Her decision to create 40 skin tones of foundation is incredible! Including all shades of foundation within a brand basically says, “You are welcome here and we appreciate you.” Her decision is also shining a light on the buying power of women of color.

While the actual ingredients of Fenty Beauty do not fit in the “clean” beauty world we observe here at Organic Spa Magazine, the message of “you are beautiful and you are welcome here” is a message we celebrate. There are makeup brands in the clean beauty world that welcome women of color by including foundation shades we can wear, but there are still far too many brands that do not.

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