Someone's in Trouble for Cultural Appropriation, and It's NOT Iggy Azalea

At least not this week.
Publish date:
August 5, 2015
celebrities, afro, plastic surgery, wedding beauty, magazines

Oh, folks!

I know you can't hear in your head the way I hear "Oh, folks!" in my head, but it's Paul F. Tompkins' voice at the beginning of his ghost-stromboli standup bit. And for some reason, every time I write the beauty news roundup, my instinct is to start it that way.

Glad I finally lived that completely beauty-irrelevant dream. Let's get to the meat/vegan equivalent of meat.

Allure is under fire for using a white model in an "afro" tutorial.

You can wear your hair any way you want. If you have naturally straight, long hair and crave tight, voluminous curls that spring up above the shoulders, go for it! But if you're not black, maybe don't call it an afro?

In the latest issue of Allure, a tutorial called "You (Yes You) Can Have an Afro*," the asterisk clarified in the subtitle: "*even if you have straight hair." The model used: Marissa Neitling, who is white.

See, here's the thing: an afro isn't just a hairstyle. The word itself is literally derived from the word African; there's history and culture indelibly attached to it. And lots of people took to Twitter and Instagram to express why doing a twist-out on a white woman's hair and calling it an afro is uncool. For example:

Some people have even been calling it "The Rachel," as in Rachel Dolezal. Ironically, the model's hair was done by celebrity stylist Chris McMillan, who created the original "Rachel" cut for Jennifer Aniston. McMillan, however, doesn't refer to the style as an afro in the story; that seems to be an editorial choice.

Nail art lost its damn mind this week.

All the xoVainers have been telling me about the latest nail trend popping up on the internet—well, they've sent me Instagram links and just "WTF." Because look!

Bubble nails! Acrylics that make it look more or less like you're wearing marbles on your fingertips. Cosmo posted a video of how it's done, but the how-to video I really wanna see is for this:


Iggy Azalea opened up about her plastic surgery.

Not that it's any of our business, but Iggy Azalea got a nose job earlier this year.

"I’m not denying it. Denying it is lame," she told Seventeen. "I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts," which are enhanced with implants.

"Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time, so I think it’s important to wait and make sure it’s the right choice," she continued, probably keeping in mind that Seventeen's audience is full of girls who can't get cosmetic procedures without a parent's permission. "Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself — and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey. There are things that I didn’t like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I’ve learned to accept. It’s important to remember you can’t change everything. You can never be perfect."

You're a grown woman, Igs. You do you—no need to explain.

Joan Smalls is launching a lipstick line with Estée Lauder and—SURPRISE!—it's already available.

Usually, when a beauty product or collaboration launches, we editor types get a heads-up at least a few weeks in advance. But in the case of supermodel Joan Smalls' 12 new lipstick shades with Estée Lauder, the collection was kept a secret until the day it became available—yesterday—when Vogue made the exclusive announcement.

The Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick selection includes an awesome violet shade very similar to the one she wore to the last Met Gala, so if you need a pretty awesome bluish-purple lipstick—and who doesn't?—look no further.

This video covers 50 years of wedding hairstyles—sort of.

Tired of watching videos of international beauty trends from the last few decades? How about wedding-hair trends from the last few decades instead? Cleanse your palate or something.

Beauty vlogger/hairstylist Kayley Melissa does her own hair to reflect the trends of the last half-century, but they're really only the trends that apply to long, straight-ish hair. I'd love to see another installation with a little more variety.

  • How did/would you wear your hair for your real/hypothtical wedding?
  • Do you think Allure crossed a line?
  • Do you think celebrities owe us explanations for their plastic surgery?