A cartoon in The New Yorker caught the media’s attention with a controversial satire of Michelle and Barack Obama depicted in the stereotypical roles of a 1970s militant Afro-wearing black woman and a traditional Muslim, respectively. Even my fellow beauty fanatics over at Naturally Curly have a bone to pick with the satire; specifically, why is having an afro associated with being an angry activist?
Another interesting question: if Michelle Obama did decide to sport a kinkier ‘do, would America be open-minded enough to accept a First Lady wearing a style still so closely associated with an ethnic group? I always assumed Obama’s religious affiliations would be the point of prejudice in this election, but The New Yorker’s illustration suggests that racial stereotypes may still be a battle Barack will have to fight.
The debate garnered enough attention to warrant a press release, which I’ve included below:
“Why waste a container when you can refill it? And why buy more of something than you can use?”
– Anita Roddick, 1942-2007
If you haven’t heard of Anita Roddick, listen up. Anita founded popular green beauty store The Body Shop and campaigned for eco-friendly practices in the cosmetics industry and beyond. The Body Shop was one of the first cosmetics companies ever to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and to promote fair trade with third world countries.
It’s often difficult to describe the type of scent you’re looking for, and the bored salesgirl working the perfume counter is rarely much help. Here’s a little education on the different types of fragrances and the high points of each. Most ladies never learn this stuff, so you’ll do well to read it!
Fragrance Type: Chypres
Main notes: Citrus (i.e. bergamot) or florals (often rose) combined with woody and mossy notes like patchouli, oak moss, and labdanum
Glasses are no longer simply tools for improving your vision; they are now a fashion statement. Sure, your reading glasses at home may be outdated, but if you need a pair of eyeglasses to go out in public, it is important that you get frames that you feel good wearing. How do you know which ones will look best on you? By finding your face shape.
Find Your Shape
One of the first steps in choosing a pair of glasses is knowing what the shape of your face is. There are four basic face shapes, and each can benefit from a flattering pair of eyeglasses. Take a look in the mirror at your face. If you have long hair, pull it back so you can see the true shape. If you have trouble discerning the shape, use this guide:
We all know Hollywood has a reputation for never aging, and there are plenty of stars who seem to have already had a drink from the Fountain of Youth. Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry come easily to mind. But what about those celebrities who look a little worse for the wear? Below are some of the celebs who actually appear older than they really are, provided by River Place Mohs & Dermatologic Surgery Center.
Lindsay Lohan, 27
This is an easy one. Lindsay, who had an early career in childhood, seems to get older and older as her peers get more youthful. Hard partying and plenty of stints in rehab could be to blame here.
Fergie has all the makings of a stunner and she’s certainly a beautiful woman. But she hasn’t even hit 40 yet, a fact you wouldn’t know just by looking at her. This songstress does love her plastic surgery though, which could be part of the problem. Either way, she’s starting to look much older than smoldering husband Josh Duhamel.
Jason Segel, 33
Jason Segel is everyone’s favorite funnyman, and it’s no wonder he lands so many leading roles. But many of those parts are with actresses several years older than him. At 33, Jason looks much older than he actually is, which could account for his placement alongside much-older Cameron Diaz in “Bad Teacher.”