According to our calculations (counting on fingers is all it takes), in Victoria’s Secret's eyes, sexy is being young, white, thin, and famous — with a tiny sprinkling of diversity.
The new man at the head of British Vogue brings a commitment to diversity and a reputation for fearlessness to a historic magazine.
Brianna is one of the social media stars who have been breaking barriers and encouraging others to honor their unique features.
Just ask Mimi Mbah. A few of her Intagram snaps were recently shared by Twitter page @_AFRICANS_. “No thanks I wouldn’t trade my skin colour for the world,” she fired back to a social media round of applause.
A photo from a project highlighting the beauty of black skin is rubbing some people the wrong way on social media. The image in question from One, a series by Isaac West featuring stunning models in colorful underwear set behind brightly colored backdrops, places the most light-skinned woman front and center. In response, West, a student and fashion designer in Minnesota, says to Yahoo Beauty that “as black people, we have something very unique about us — our skin tone.
As if we needed a reminder of the power of social media, a school in Australia has done a u-turn after asking twins girls of South Sudanese descent to remove their hair braids because they did not represent the school. The story first broke last week when 16-year-old Grace and Tahbisa were pulled from their class at Bentleigh Secondary school, Melbourne and asked to remove their braids.
Musician Jaimie Wilson, who was born a woman but has now transitioned to a man, has been sharing beautiful before and after images of himself on Instagram in a bid to show that not all trans people exhibit signs of identifying with the opposite gender before they transition.
Model Liza Golden-Bhojwani shared her dramatic weight gain on Instagram after practically starving herself on 500 calories a day.
Originally from Serbia, the fashion blogger has a 28-year-old daughter and two grandchildren. Using the hashtag #grandmotherthatlovesfashion, Zaklina has a wardrobe that could rival any model’s. In fact, she looks like a walking Dolce & Gabbana advert.
Megan Crabbe, 24, wants to uncover the dramatic difference between a “polished and unpolished” photoshoot. The kicker? Her side-by-side snapshots are both stunning in their own respect.
Rather than just complaining about the lack of diversity, Canadian photographer Julia Busato decided to do something. In an incredibly powerful photo series, she captured a variety of women posing naked with a mannequin.
Tory Burch released a video for her new summer 2017 collection, which is being criticized for cultural appropriation and lack of diversity. Tory Burch is the latest designer to commit cultural appropriation. Three thin white women, decked out in head-to-toe preppy clothes, in a video directed by a thin white woman, for a company owned by a thin white woman, capitalizing “on a craze that originated in the black community” as they dance and lip-sync to a song by two black guys, as the Fashion Spot put it.
Before the rise of diversity, the world struggled celebrating true individualism — but albino model Connie Chiu helped dispel beauty myths with her one-of-a-kind photos, taken in the early 1990s. Born in 1969, Chiu was launched into the fashion industry at age 24. According to NOAH, Albinism is “an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes.” Chiu, who grew up in Hong Kong, was told by her parents at a young age she was “different,” with “light-sensitive” skin and eyesight, but that didn’t stop her family from allowing her to feel included.
Shot by photographer, Harry Were, the beautiful images feature 57-year-old model, Mercy Brewer, as the star of the labels autum/winter 2017 campaign. “Perceptions of beauty have and always will change, therefore I think we can conclude its standard is not set in stone, and new beauty is always waiting to be discovered,” she said of the campaign. “I believe we are in a moment in time where older women’s beauty has been a startling revelation.
Wednesday is International Women’s Day so Yahoo Style is highlighting a few of the powerful women who are living by the year’s IWD theme, #BeBoldForChange, which calls on women to help forge a more gender-inclusive world. Just a few weeks ago, Brooklyn-born Nelini Stamp, 29, an Occupy Wall Street alum and national membership director for the progressive Working Families Party, and Elizabeth Zeldin, 37, a mom of two and nonprofit housing worker with little activist background, didn’t know each other.
One of the models who caught our attention this season was Kelly Gervais, a 5-foot-8-inch New Jersey native. She not only walked in six shows (including Pyer Moss), but also did so while sporting an Afro. “I started modeling when I was about 13 years old, though I didn’t start professionally [until] I was about 15,” Gervais told Yahoo Beauty.
Lindsay Lohan claims that she was “racially profiled” for wearing a headscarf at London’s Heathrow Airport.
73-year-old Italian icon Benedetta Barzini walked along with 70-year-old British face Jan de Villeneuve. Both worked alongside renowned photographers such as Irving Penn and David Bailey to capture the beauty of the 1960s. Other older faces appeared including 80s star Marie Sophie Wilson and industry stalwart Cecilia Chancellor.
One of the brightest stars in British fashion, designer Simone Rocha showed her collection at Lancaster House today, in a grand manse right behind Clarence House (where Prince Charles lives). Rocha, who is known for her moody, romantic clothes and (smart-looking celebrity clientele like Diane Kruger and Kiera Knightly) showed a stunning collection.
Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue is renowned for hosting impossibly gorgeous women in barely-there bikinis. Day uses the platform to call for others to pose in their swimsuits and explain the traits and aspirations they “model” to others. This year’s Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit issue is the most inclusive ever and features women of various ages, backgrounds and body types.
Recently, we saw Vogue choose a range of models for their March cover including plus-size icon Ashley Graham. In a bid to show a more inclusive idea of beauty, the king of fashion publications had made a start in showcasing real diversity. Vogue Paris, however, has just one upped them. Editor Emmanuelle Alt chose transgender model Valentina Sampaio to star on the front of the magazine’s March issue.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Sen. Mitch McConnell's words silencing Sen. Elizabeth Warren became a rallying cry. Warren was attempting to read a letter Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., had written 30 years ago opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions
With ‘diversity’ being a major buzzword, plenty of campaigns have arisen that proclaim to show a wide range of bodies. Aerie is one label that refuses to bow down to the commercial nature of the fashion industry. A lingerie line by American Eagle, it is known for its airbrush-free images and has given a major platform to ‘real’ models such as Iskra Lawrence.