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Cosmopolitan Adds to Growing List of Media Outlets Trying to Deem Black Beauty Out of Style

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 3.43.56 PMIt seems a week can hardly go by without mainstream media taking yet another jab at the beauty of Black women.

As if Black women didn’t have enough subliminal advertisements and underhanded insults convincing them that they didn’t meet society’s standards of beauty, Cosmopolitan has become the latest media giant to attempt to send Black women’s confidence to an early grave.

The magazine’s “Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015” flaunted one message in its text and another in its images.

Crazy eyeliner. Dramatic ombre. Black lipstick.

These were the trends the magazine claimed to be putting to death in 2015.

What the images portrayed, however, was a different story.

Nearly every alleged out-of-date trend, labeled with “R.I.P.” at the top, was paired with the image of a Black woman.

Meanwhile, her white counterpart who was supposed to be ahead of the fashion curve was labeled with “Hello, Gorgeous.”

Not a single Black woman ever made her way under the “Hello, Gorgeous” tab while many of them easily slid under the “R.I.P.” sign.

So while the text insisted the conversation was about fashion trends, the images seemed to have a different message: R.I.P. to the concept of Black beauty in 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 3.46.37 PMAfter Fashion Police’s Giuliana Rancic took aim at Zendaya’s dreadlocks and a QVC host mocked a natural-haired model, this serves as an unfortunate continuation of the attack on Black women and their beauty.

The editor insisted that the article was not an intentional attack on Black women and focused purely on the trends depicted in the photos.

“This article focuses on beauty trends with images that represent those trends,” an editor’s note explained. “Some images have been taken out of context, and we apologize for any offense. Celebrating all women is in our mission, and we will continue to work hard to do that.”

One more time: “….continue to work hard to do that.”

It’s a note that emphasizes the magazine’s stance that nothing was wrong and nothing was out of the ordinary. Despite the fact that Black women are scarce in Hollywood, it was a coincidence that the magazine managed to dig up enough popular Black faces to fill many of their “R.I.P.” fashion trend slots.

As RollingOut so eloquently put it, Cosmopolitan has become the latest addition to media giants behind the Racist Trends That Need to Die in 2015.

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19 thoughts on “Cosmopolitan Adds to Growing List of Media Outlets Trying to Deem Black Beauty Out of Style

  1. Sure these insure racist will find fault in black women looks as welll as blacks in general. What they fail to realize is that white women has to be made up all the time, if they left their looks untouched, color eye lashes, eye brow, skin, their hair color, leave all these things out, they would look just like they did when they first left the caves in Europe. Black women on the other hand if she wishes to enhance her looks, only need nothing. So compare what I just described, and see what you get. For sure they need the tan. They are playing a propoganda game on blacks and the world, and for a long time. Black women do not need blond hair, or straighten hair either.

  2. The reason I feel black females do not get the respect they should because so many are wearing blond haid, weaved hair, and straighten hair.

  3. My beautiful black wife is better than any white woman.

  4. Art Davis says:

    See that's the problem. Why should Black people be concern about what white people say or think about the beauty of the Black woman? Why do black people allow white magazines to dictate what beauty is and or is not for them? The black woman beauty is unique, unlike any other woman on the planet. The problem is that white people know this, which is why magazines like those are important, WHY? to keep the Black woman ignorant of their own beauty. Beside, there are more pressing issues all of black people should be collectively dealing with. Beauty is not one of them, because the black woman is already the most beautiful woman on the planet. This add is nothing but propaganda to keep us confused.

  5. Will Green says:

    Free people don't need others to validate them PERIOD!

  6. Elle Blaze says:


  7. Elle Blaze says:

    If you have not yet figured out that culture bashing is by design you need to wake the hell up

  8. oooowee, you sir are exactly what they are afraid of! LOL

  9. That is true what you say, we should not be concerned about what white people say about black female beauty, however when we see ourselves trying to look like them, about ninty some percent, then I can see them taking the position that they do. So when those of us respond to them dishing black beauty, we are responding on our natural self, no straight hair, no weaves, blond hair, color contact, etc. and not trying to look like them.

  10. Shawn Mc says:

    Nzingha Shabaka did they specifically say black beauty meaning full lips, skin color, noes shape or hair texture or was this about the make up?

    when I think black beauty I think features and not make up.

  11. Shawn Mc says:

    what does those hairstyles have to do with respect? aren't they just a sort of style for the min.

  12. Andre Ellis says:

    Black women need to seriously stop worshiping racist hollywood. As often as the black guy is the first to die in a movie or television series or be caste as the thug or weakling criminal being beat it by the strong fit goodlooking white guy black women had nothing to complain about.

    Even with the constant hollywood typecasting of black women as whores sluts and hookers hasn't bothered black women. They ate Scandal, Jerry Springer and many pother of those types of productions up making them super popular in ratings.

    But…. now that black women are being shown in a negative out of date fashion kind of light in one little magazine they all of a sudden have an issue.

    Its obvious that the fashion industry is racist and so is hollywood yet its like black women forget this fact each year and have to be reminded.

  13. Andre Ellis says:

    Sherill A. Jones Black women seeking the adoration of white men for acceptance into white beauty culture is not the solution to the problem. Its a pipe dream of the typical black American woman which only leads to more self hate and confusion. 😉

  14. Shawn Mc If I told you, you will not understand, because when you ask a question like that, you will not understand the answer, I remember your nonsense from before on this site.

  15. Art Davis says:

    Nzingha Shabaka I am glad you responded to the way you did to that guy, because there is no more time left to waste trying to convince a white person with black skin the serious of our issues. We collectively must find a way to save our children so they can produce a future for our children's…children.

  16. Shawn Mc says:

    Art Davis and you have a way to save our people with this comment, dream on.

  17. Shawn Mc says:

    Nzingha Shabaka hey don't make excuses just state your personal theories of bullshit.
    i love reading reading theoretical bullshit.

  18. Art Davis says:

    I am curious as to what that mean.

  19. Ralph Long says:

    white people have always glorified pale, porcelain, white-white skin, and you have to weigh under a hundred pounds. As far as I am concerned, those are the prerequisites for being a skeleton….these supposed 'people' have so much to say about what Afrikans consider Beauty, but what Afrikans see in magazines as an example OF this supposed "beauty" is death. White celebrate and revere death. This is evident with how often white 'people' talk about eradicate an entire race of People. Only whites have these conversations. So who cares what these supposed 'people' have to say about Real Beauty. There is a reason why Black Women and white animals are hardly put on the SAME magazine. There's NO comparison to the Afrikan Woman. So these animals will try EVERYTHING to discredit Black Beauty.

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