Acne Has Taunted Women Since The Dawn Of Time

With so much media focus on bikini bodies, beach bodies, cellulite woes and eating disorders, it's easy to believe that being thin and fit is a beauty anxiety women have always had to deal with. In fact, clear skin has a longer history of cultural obsession. » 6/09/11 4:00pm 6/09/11 4:00pm

America The Beautiful: We Dream Of Tummy Tucks.

While plastic surgeons may declare confidently that the demand for their services is climbing again, the New York Times reports that the numbers tell a different story: » 4/28/10 4:40pm 4/28/10 4:40pm

Ed Westwick's New Boobs

The man known as Chuck Bass got two new tattoos: One a lovely, scholarly quill; the other an icky topless pinup with the words, "She's a pinup." Dude, are you trying to get your Earl Of Hottenham titled revoked? [ONTD] » 9/15/09 6:30pm 9/15/09 6:30pm

Black Beauty Pageants Raise Many Questions

In 1970, Velma Stokley-Flournoy created the Miss Black Sacramento pageant. "I saw a pageant on television and there weren't any blacks involved," she explains. And thirty-eight years later, the pageant is still going strong: » 5/05/09 2:20pm 5/05/09 2:20pm

Is Hijab Tourism Educational Or Offensive?

Hailey Woldt is part of an anthropological project, led by American University Islamic studies professor Akbar Ahmed, to document what it is to be Muslim in America after September 11th. Her assignment: wear an abaya. » 2/10/09 2:00pm 2/10/09 2:00pm

Dreams Do Come True: Dr. Oz Explains Acne On Oprah

Remember how earlier today we were obsessing about pimples » 11/11/08 7:00pm 11/11/08 7:00pm and we wondered why Dr. Oz and Oprah haven't covered it yet? Well, right as we were posting that, today's episode of aired, during which Dr. Oz was discussing "the science of beauty." And part of the discussion included acne! (Maybe Oprah really Jesus, since…

Gross YouTube Genre Is Populated By Pimple-Loving Girls

I don't know about you, but some of us on staff here are obsessed with blemishes, whether on our own bodies or those of significant others. (That's Rihanna and Chris Brown at left.) Somehow, we discovered that the zit-popping video is its own sub-genre on YouTube: There's clip after stomach-turning clip of some of the… » 11/11/08 5:00pm 11/11/08 5:00pm

MTV's True Life Investigates Severe Acne Sufferers

Over the weekend, MTV aired True Life: I Have Acne » 9/15/08 2:20pm 9/15/08 2:20pm a documentary featuring young adults with severe cystic acne, and the steps they are taking to treat it. Take Lily. She's a 21-year-old aspiring model/actress, but her skin has been holding her back from moving forward with her career. She's been grappling with the…

'White Beauty' Has An Ugly Message

We've discussed skin-lightening in India before, but, according to The Independent, new skin-whitening commercials are igniting a "race row" in that country. The commercials feature three of Bollywood's biggest stars in a soap opera-style love triangle. The dark chick is dissed for a lighter-skinned woman, so she… » 7/10/08 12:30pm 7/10/08 12:30pm

In India, Fair Is Handsome & Dark Is Doomed

Loathing your dark skin isn't just for women. A new product in India, Fair and Handsome, is just one of the many skin-lightening creams that are, according to the Washington Post, "exploding in popularity." In fact, though these products are nothing new for the ladies, the mens' market has grown 150%. India has a long… » 5/05/08 1:20pm 5/05/08 1:20pm