Photoshopped Natural Hair As Experienced by Lupita Nyong'o And Solange Knowles

Photoshopped Natural Hair As Experienced by Lupita Nyong'o And Solange Knowles

Reminding the media not to touch girls' hair.

The latest Grazia UK cover features Lupita Nyong’o, but on Friday, November 10th, the Oscar-winning actress took to Instagram to reveal that the cover wasn’t what she thought it might be. While she was originally photographed with her natural, textured hair in a low and clearly visible ponytail, the cover displayed a photoshopped version, sans ponytail, and with a smoother texture.

In a lengthy caption, Nyong'o writes: “As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too... I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.” The caption continues to detail that she hadn’t been contacted by Grazia or consulted with regards to the editing process. She expresses that had she known of their plans, she would have been unable to “support or condone the omission of what is [her] native heritage.”

Just two weeks prior, Solange Knowles endured a similar experience. Her cover shoot for Britain’s Evening Standard Magazine was conducted with her hair styled in an elaborate, braided crown, but when the feature was published, the hairstyle was removed altogether. Her Instagrammed response was brief, but shared Nyong’o’s sentiment: #dtmh. This hashtag abbreviates the phrase “Don’t Touch My Hair,”

and is also the name of one of the songs on Knowles’ new album, "A Seat at the Table."

Almost ironically, the interview Knowles conducted with the magazine details her value for braided hair, where she calls it an "act of beauty, an act of convenience and an act of tradition" — it is "its own art form." She describes salons as a place of refuge, a place where black women could progress through their individual hair journeys. To photoshop her braids out of her cover photo is to seemingly disregard her larger standpoint.

Both magazine platforms have released statements with regards to their editorial decisions. The journalist who conducted the ES interview, Angelica Jade, tweeted after its release, asking that her name be removed from the byline, as she claimed the editors of the magazine had distorted both her reporting and the overall presentation of the piece. Grazia claimed no knowledge of the photographer’s editing process, and of having never requested that her hair be retouched. They expressed regret over not having been aware of the alterations being made and claimed a want for accurate representations of diversity in their publications.

The messages that Knowles and Nyong’o put forth, and the editing that they encounter in these magazine publications are implicative of much larger issues that they both attempt to explain. In an interview last year with Saint Heron, Knowles described the song “Don’t Touch My Hair” with greater depth, providing that “the song is as much as what it feels like to have your whole identity challenged on a daily basis, although physically touching the hair is extremely problematic!” In her statement concerning Grazia, Nyong’o also stresses her personal need “to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.”

The value they share of having natural hair represented in media is owed to the fact that historically, it is rarely represented. The Natural Hair Movement is a remarkably modern one. As women with public platforms, they demonstrate an understanding of their personal responsibility to use their platforms to encourage self-acceptance.

Cover Image Credit: @lupitanyongo / Instagram

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8 Bathtub-Free Lush Products College Students Need

No bathtub? No problem.

Good college morning, everyone! Welcome to another day of weird not-homey-ness, stress and wondering when you're going to squeeze in time to shower without a bathtub.

In this month since I've been at school, I have been saddened on numerous occasions because I miss baths. I have at least two beautiful-smelling bath bombs at home that I know would take all my stress away. Why am I not sinking in the liquid sunshine and feeling the allure of blackberry and sandalwood (or whatever the package says)? This community bathroom situation is not going to cut it anymore without a little help from the Lush gods. Are they listening? I hope so.

(I can't promise any of this will be budget-friendly, but sometimes sacrifices must be made.)

1. Cup O' Coffee

Spend less money at your campus Starbucks and enjoy the benefits of coffee with this self-preserving face/body mask that increases blood flow. Your skin will feel soft, and you will smell delicious. It lasts for about two months and doesn't need to be refrigerated!

Price: $11.95 / 5.2 oz

2. Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

You actually cannot use water with this product (I have been there and made that mistake). It is super great when you'd rather remove your makeup in peace and not have to weasel your way up to the crowded counter in the bathroom. A little goes a long way!

Price: $18.95 / 1.5

3. Shampoo Bars

Not only are they all super pretty and make your hair smell great, but these palm-sized bars last up to 80 washes and won't weigh your hair down with silicone or residue. The Karma Komba bar (above) works especially well for detangling, but each bar comes with its own unique benefits.

Price: $10.95-$12.95, but mostly $11.95 / 1.9 oz

4. Sleepy Lotion

Wind down after a long day in front of your computer and get ready to fix cracked winter skin with a lavender body lotion. that will hydrate your skin and lull you right to sleep. It's super new and super popular so if you snag some, cherish it.

Price: $9.95 / 3.1 oz

5. No Drought Dry Shampoo

Sometimes there's just no time to wash your hair, and that's totally cool. This powder shampoo takes the place of regular shampoo, blends right in with even dark hair, and won't make greasiness worse like some spray dry shampoos do. It smells citrusy, so no one will ever be able to tell you skipped a wash... or four.

Price: $8.95 / 1.9 oz bottle

6. Jungle Conditioner Bar

We all know there's no time every morning to fix hair that has a mind of its own, so be proactive with this bar that tames wild hair so your straightener doesn't have to!

Price: $11.95 / 1.7 oz

7. Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub

Tired of being covered in dorm room grime? Me too. This scrub comes in a pretty bar and in a jar, but both work well to rub off dead skin and general college dirt.

Price: $9.95 / 4.5 oz bar, $22.95 / 11.6 fl oz tub

8. Bonus: Lush Tins

To transport all of Lush's minimal-packaging goodies to the shower, these reusable tins are great for you and great for the environment! Lush's shampoo, soap, and conditioner bars come "naked", so having somewhere to put them when they're not in use is probably a good idea.

Price: $3.95 / tin made to shape your product

Good luck spending all your money, and happy college!

Cover Image Credit: Raina Shannon

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Farsali's Unicorn Essence Is A MUST Have For Any Beauty Regimen

The famous brand has been raved about all over social media. But is the product actually worth it?

Almost all magazines and top beauty influencers have had something to say about the fast-growing beauty and skin care company Farsali. Although there are only six products available for purchase, the company quickly gained popularity.

The founder of the company, Sal Ali, told Yahoo Beauty, “I created Farsali as a gift for my wife. We are more than just husband and wife — we’re best friends, so we talk to each other about everything”.

Out of the six available products, there are three in specific that have become essential to any beauty and skincare routine: the Rose Gold Elixir, Unicorn Essence and the Jelly Beam.

The Unicorn Essence antioxidant serum and primer is an absolute must-have. Since it is oil-free it does not clog my pores, but instead, it works as a serum. This allows the skin to completely absorb the product without leaving it feeling heavy or greasy at all.

The main issue with most serums and primers is that they feel so heavy when applied to the skin. Some products I have tried made my skin feel like I was weighing it down. I always felt like washing my face right after I applied it in order to feel clean again. Also, other products ended up being too thick, so they did not settle well onto my skin at all.

However, the Unicorn Essence contains ingredients that provide antioxidants and vitamin C to ensure healthier skin (acai berry, goji berry, blueberry, and tamarind). It is perfect for moisturizing, enhancing, and protecting the skin without any added residue or odors.

Finding primers that actually smell good is pretty hard. I have no clue as to what some companies put into their products... they just don’t smell very nice. Farsali’s Unicorn Essence is “heavenly sweet” and has an “uplifting aroma.”

It seriously has one of those fragrances that you cannot stop sniffing. Yes, that sounds strange, but anyone who has tried it will say the same thing.

This all in one serum and primer allows for makeup to be applied perfectly smooth, while also preventing creasing from the use of concealer and even helping foundation last longer.

These are not even all the benefits! Enhance eyeshadow pigments, prevent eyeshadow creasing and even enhance highlighter to get that blinding glow all with Farsali’s magnificent Unicorn Essence serum and primer.

The way in which the product is dispensed has transformed the way moisturizing primers have been used. Not only is the one fl oz bottle super attractive…the liquid itself is eye-catching. Once I use the dropper to dispense the serum/primer onto my skin, I immediately see the sparkles. It is called Unicorn Essence for a reason.

The Unicorn Essence is definitely a holy grail for my beauty regimen. It has allowed my skin to feel fresh and balanced. This product has also prevented my foundation from looking cakey or creating any dry patches.

So, YES, Farsali's famous Unicorn Essence really does live up to its hype.This is definitely one of the only primers I have no doubts in and will always continue to use!!

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