Over the last few weeks, has been celebrating black women’s beauty in a video series dedicated to uplifting the marginalised. Speaking to women across the media industry, we get an insight into their lived experiences in society and beauty.
In the third and final part of this series, we turn our attention to the myths and impressions of black women.
With most cultures, there’s a whole host of assumptions that come with them and those myths surrounds black women are exactly that – myths. These misconceptions are weighty, and in turn affect how the women in the video feel as if they have to act. Whether it’s feeling compelled to act in a more exaggerated manner than usual to fit into white spaces or consciously having to distance themselves from the idea of ‘the angry black woman’, these myths and misconceptions have power over the black community that shouldn’t be there.
In the video, the women unpack the ideas of the hyper-sexualised black woman and how they’re assumed to navigate sexuality and the dating world.
On a societal level, myths and misconceptions are ultimately another hurdle for black women to face.
Black women’s beauty isn’t defined by the assumptions of others, but the way they see themselves.
A Glamorous Euphoria Reunion, and 2 Other Things You Missed This Week
I was pretty emotional this week after watching ITV’s Harry Meghan: An African Journey documentary. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave the world a glimpse at how hard the past year has been for them, and to be honest, I really feel for them. It definitely doesn’t look easy.
Hopefully, their upcoming break will give them the peace and quiet they deserve. Anyway, let’s catch up on everything else that went down with the latest edition of Things You Missed This Week.
Meet the Cast Waiting to Steal Your Heart in Stella Meghie’s Romantic Film, The Photograph
We’re several months away from the Valentine’s Day 2020 release of Stella Meghie’s The Photograph, but a first look at the film has gotten folks in a tizzy. Any fan of romantic movies probably felt their heart skip a beat watching Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield charmingly fall into each other’s orbit in the trailer, and that was barely two minutes of footage!
The Insecure and Atlanta stars are far from the only familiar faces in the upcoming film; Courtney B. Vance, Teyonah Parris, and Chelsea Peretti are just a few of the stars on board. Keep reading to see the full cast list!
Ariana Grande Won Halloween With Her Terrifying ‘Twilight Zone’ Costume
One of the best parts of Halloween is seeing how celebrities go all out with their costumes. And while there have been a number of insanely good looks this year, we would argue that Ariana Grande won last night with her creepy Twilight Zone costume.
After teasing that her costume was inspired by The Twilight Zone, the pop star shared eerie video clips unveiling her incredible transformation. Aside from her signature high ponytail, Grande is totally unrecognizable as a character from the sci-fi television show, one of her favorites, which aired from 1959-1964.
The costume is taken from the show’s “Eye of the Beholder” episode, in which a woman named Janet has a pig-like face like the one Grande sports. The episode is meant to be a commentary on beauty standards, a topic that continues to be relevant today.
“Happy Halloween’s eve” she captioned a video clip of her costume reveal. She then shared a portrait giving a better look at her face prosthetics with the caption: “eye of the beholder..” The transformation is truly impressive.
“Final procedure was a success,” she said alongside the final photo. The singer’s costume also appears to include a black cocktail dress, black feather boa, diamond jewelry, and a cigarette that we’re assuming is fake.
Grande is the latest star to debut a seriously show-stopping Halloween costume this year, more of which you can see here. However, we’re going to go ahead and say that she totally killed it.
Is she the new Queen of Halloween? Let’s see what you’ve got, Heidi Klum!