We're Tearing Down Walls with Our Scorpion Nails in This Weekend's Beauty News

Plus, just Kerry Washington's hair was Photoshopped. Uh-huh. Sure.
Publish date:
April 10, 2016
manicures, shea moisture, mexico, photoshop, kerry washington

Happy Sunday! How are you all? I have a nasty head cold and Minneapolis weather has been all over the map — like, snowing and then 60 within 12 hours. It's April as usual around here, I guess.

I'm writing this as my Sudafed kicks in, so if it gets loopy that's who to blame.

Kerry Washington is the latest victim of the Photoshop of Horrors

Kerry Washington was ​recently interviewed by AdWeek magazine about her role as Anita Hill in the upcoming HBO movie Confirmation, and she was excited to be featured by a publication she loves and often reads. However, when she saw the photo they had chosen, she was like, Hmm... that really doesn't look like me, does it? I imagine she double-checked in the mirror to confirm and was like, Yeah, nope.

So she posted a pic to Instagram and very graciously thanked the mag for featuring her, but then pointed out that this version of Kerry looks nothing like the real one. "I'm no stranger to Photoshopping," she wrote. "It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters - who doesn't love a filter?!?"


So...You know me. I'm not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It's an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It's a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I've long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I'm still excited. I'm proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest...I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters - who doesn't love a filter?!? And I don't always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it's a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I've said, I'm very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I've been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then...Grab this week's ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX

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Although many agreed that her face looks totally different in the photo, AdWeek's editorial director claims far fewer tweaks.


It's time to #BreaktheWalls between the aisles

Some of xoVain's ​favorite brands can often only be found in a small section of the drugstore called "Ethnic Beauty." You know what I'm talking about, right? There's the very large shampoo 'n styling aisle, and products designed for more textured hair are usually relegated to a teeny corner or end-cap space. It's always struck me as weird, because who's to say which products are for whom?

Shea Moisture is not OK with this separation of beauty products, so they made a thought-provoking video about what the "ethnic" section really means to women who use those products.

​"We've been conditioned to go to the corner and find our spot where we've been placed," a woman says in the video. "When I go to the beauty aisle, I feel secluded and out of place." As beauty continues to evolve and more diverse brands and product lines are carried at stores like Target, hopefully these things will change and we won't see any segregation between our favorite products. After all, beauty is for everyone, so it's up to all of us to #BreaktheWalls.

This model is the first with Down's Syndrome to land a beauty campaign

Special Olympian Katie Meade would agree with what I said above. "Beauty belongs to everybody," she ​told People after being chosen to appear on the packaging of a Beauty & Pin-Ups product.

Katie, 32, had two open-heart surgeries as a child, but she went on to become a Special Olympics athlete and competed in both gymnastics and basketball. Now, she's the first model with Down's Syndrome to be featured in a beauty campaign. Katie was chosen to front the campaign because of her fearless, optimistic outlook.

"She just owns it,” CEO Kenny Kahn said to People. “She just has fun, she’s comfortable within herself [and] she is really excited to be our brand ambassador.”

Katie told People StyleWatch that J. Lo is her beauty icon, but that her passion for makeup and hairstyling came from her sisters. Her mantra? "Makeup makes me feel good about myself. Every day is a great day to feel good about yourself. Feeling good makes you look good — that’s my motto.” We totally get that, Katie.

This manicure is not for the squeamish

We've seen some pretty crazy manicure trends in the past few years, from bubble nails (my nail lady actually shuddered when I showed her those) to furry nails to whatever it is ​Theresa Caputo has on her hands, but scorpions are by far the most badass... and possibly dangerous.

Lupita Garcia of Durango, Mexico, loves scorpions, and she wanted a new way to show her appreciation for the creature. She asked a nail salon owner to team up with her and create a scorpion manicure, and here we are, talking about it on a beauty site. Lupita told the Daily Mail, "Most people think scorpions are to be feared, but I think they are animals of real beauty. I’m always innovating new ways to make art out of scorpions, and this manicure has been my biggest hit."

According to ​Vivala, tiny scorpions are killed with bug spray before they're applied to the client's nails. Then, they're sealed with a coat of acrylic. Sounds safe, right? After all, they're dead and encased in a tomb of chemicals, so you should be fine. Ah — but because the stingers are left on, the scorpions can still hurt you. You could possibly feel the effects via an increased heart rate or a little bit of swelling, both common side effects of a scorpion sting.

Now that the story has taken off on Facebook, Lupita's getting a lot of feedback from both naysayers and women from Mexico who appreciate the scorpion manicure and its lethal beauty. I think it looks kind of cool, actually, but I don't think scorpions live in Minnesota, and I've shed my acrylic nails. Is our equivalent the mosquito?

  • Would you glue a scorpion (or another bug) to your nails? Why or why not? What's the craziest thing you've put on your nails?
  • What do you think about the #BreaktheWalls campaign?
  • Where do you stand in the Photoshop debate? Would you like to see a world without the retouching tool, or are you cool with it?