This Week's Beauty News is a Religious Experience

And Carrie Fisher is gonna take you to church.
Publish date:
December 30, 2015
aging, religion, henna, tattoos, kylie jenner, mehndi, Carrie Fisher

You may be lazing around during this week between Christmas and New Year's, but BEAUTY NEWS DOESN'T GET A HOLIDAY, DAMMIT. So even though I'm currently squished between the arm of my couch and the body of my dog, I'm fulfilling my noble editorial duty of bringing you summaries of a handful of makeup-, hair- and skin-related current events.

You don't love Kylie's Lip Kit nearly as much as this guy

You probably heard โ€” or perhaps experienced firsthand โ€” how difficult it was to get the Lip Kit by Kylie. But one lucky guy named Johnny Cyrus, who says in his Instagram bio that Kylie Jenner is his religion, scored one of the coveted lip-color sets.

And yet, he was not satisfied with merely owning and wearing the makeup so many couldn't get their hands on. No, he was compelled to express his enthusiasm for Kiley and her makeup brand by getting the Lip Kit logo tattooed on his arm.

He got a lot of criticism for the ink, but he's also got no fucks to give. In the caption of one of his many tattoo-focused Instagram photos, he wrote "I don't care what anyone says. I love my tattoo and I think its dope "

And Kylie apparently agrees, because the Lip Kit's Instagram account regrammed one of his photos.

Gigi Hadid doesn't wanna hear your sanctimonious comments about her henna tattoo

In other, less-permanent tattoo news, supermodel Gigi Hadid posted an Instagram picture of some gorgeous henna art she and some of her best friends had done on their hands. But anticipating a cultural-appropriation outcry, she cut off critics in the caption.

Hadid's father, a real estate developer in Beverly Hills, is Muslim. Although mehndi is largely associated with Hinduism and Indian culture, henna tattoos are also used in Middle Eastern cultures and in some Muslim festivals.


Orthodox Jewish women may not put much thought into why they cover their hair

In other religion-related beauty news (technically the third news blurb about religion if you count Johnny Cyrus's worship of Kylie Jenner), a researcher recently asked Jewish women, ranging from reform to orthodox and age 19 to 65, about their hair-covering choices. (Jewish law and the practice of tzniut โ€” modesty โ€” require married Jewish women to cover their hair with a wig or scarf, and most orthodox and some conservative Jewish women practice this.)

Tikva Blaukopf surveyed 200 Jewish women, and she discovered that, interestingly, most women haven't reflected on their decision.

"The older generation especially say: 'I never really thought about it,'" Blaukopf told the Jewish Chronicle. "It's a new thing for people to interrogate what they do. There were people who were adamant that they would never cover their hair, and there would [be] others that were adamant that they never would uncover it.The majority had never really asked themselves: 'Why?'"

Carrie Fisher is done with people talking about how she looks

You already know beauty is a complicated topic. Makeup and stuff is fun as hell, and it's nice to get a compliment on your appearance, but you don't want to be valued first and foremost on your looks. No one knows this better than Carrie Fisher.

Princess/General Leia is hilarious and smart and sick of your bullshit. After endless discussions about how she looks in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fisher finally attempted to put a stop to it on Twitter.

She went on to tweet a picture of her adorable dog, Gary, and some wise words.

After retweeting both positive and negative tweets, she put an end to the discussion with this.

This woman is a goddamn poem personified. I love her.

  • If you had to get a beauty brand's logo tattooed on your body, which one would you choose?
  • Have you ever gotten a henna tattoo? Does it bother you when people who aren't associated with its cultural origins do it?
  • Do you ever feel that a compliment on someone's appearance can be just as degrading as an insult?