Songstress Colbie Cailat in her latest song asks girls to see the beauty before makeup, extensions, and post production digital airbrushing. The video features an array of different women, each stripping away the security blanket of their beauty routine and asks them to embrace the woman that looks back at them in the mirror before the eyelash curlers, the flatirons and the wave of a photoshops magic wand.
Out outward appearance is greatly tied to our identity and graphic designer Carol Rossetti's recent project was not just a way for her to flex her illustration skills but express something that is meaningful to her.
In an interview with CNN Rossetti stated "I think the point of my illustrations is to show, in a gentle and nonaggressive way, that there is still a lot of oppressive control over women's personal choices and identities, and expose a problem of representation toward women, people of color, people with disabilities, (LGBT concerns) and so on."
The project has recently gone viral and has fans of Rossetti's work have translated her illustrations into multiple languages.
My favorite thus far has to be "Amanda has decided that Shaving is not her thing".
Lastly I was researching these crazy contraptions which are designed to non-surgically augment one's face. Being Filipino, but very much raised an American I can relate to the desired results of these devices. But I always find it interesting how western beauty has infultrated cultures beyond its borders.
A device intended to elongate the wears nose.
This product is advertised as a face slimmer. The device when worn exercises specific muscles that will prevent the users face from sagging and wrinkles.
And the infamous eyelid tape that gives users with a monolid the option of a double lid.