Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Hair, Black Standards of Beauty

Last week I published a piece on this site about how a white dude at the opera called me "disgusting" after I refused pull back my naturally curly hair. I wrote that my hair looked "more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance." Translation: I was having a tame hair day. And now,… »1/24/15 5:15pm

​Here's Why You're Wearing More Makeup Than Everyone Thinks You Need To

When you leave home ready to face the public having spent five minutes or 50, you have artfully negotiated a far more complex arrangement than can be summed up in a study about how much makeup is the most attractive according to men, women, pets, postal workers, goldfish, or Bangor University students. Nonetheless,… »4/29/14 12:00pm

Beauty is an Impediment: Julia Pastrana and the Modern-Day Politics of Being Seen

While critics were debating if Lena Dunham gets too naked too often; or if Melissa McCarthy is too fat to be a movie star Julia Pastrana’s mummified remains were being collected from an Oslo medical facility and sent home to Mexico to be laid to rest. In her death, as in life, the subject of Ms. Pastrana's looks… »7/03/13 11:57am