Lala Anthony To Executive Produce BET Documentary On The Dangers of Cosmetic Body Alterations

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There’s a rather interesting documentary headed to BET. Executive produced by Lala Anthony, Killer Curves: Bodies To Die For, will take us inside the lives of several women who will share their experiences with the risky but popular and sometimes fatal side of cosmetic body alterations.

Singer-songwriter and Love & Hip Hop reality star K. Michelle has been very vocal about the dangers of silicone butt injections after making the decision last year to have them removed.

“The first surgery went well, so we thought, until my body started to shut down while I was on tour,” she revealed on Instagram. “I later found out the silicone had spread and I would be rushed back into surgery. Last Wednesday I entered surgery barely functioning with my legs and an infection. The surgery to remove all of this from me lasted a long 6 hours.”

We will hear from other women who will share why they sought to have these procedures done and the consequences they have faced while trying to achieve the “perfect” body.

According to BET’s official description of the upcoming documentary, for decades, the ideal female body type was said to be tall and thin. In recent years, however, the rise of video vixens and reality TV stars have redefined and influenced that image in a profound way. Today, thousands of women are resorting to risky body modifications to emulate the exaggerated curves of the hottest pop culture female figures. The documentary features a range of voices.

Killer Curves: Bodies To Die For is scheduled to air on BET Wednesday, August 8th at 8PM EST.


Beauty Vlogger Destiny Godley Cancels Channel After 11 Years & Calls Out YouTube Over Algorithm

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One of the things that I have always enjoyed most about YouTube’s beauty and lifestyle community is its diversity. Whether I’m watching Jayla Koriyan live her best life as a New York City vlogger, taking notes on how to prepare delicious meals with MissLizHeart, gaining inspiration from NitraaB’s latest house to home episode, or catching up with JuicyJas, there’s something unique about each creator that keeps me coming back for more content. Each person brings something to the beauty and lifestyle community that has helped shape YouTube into what it’s become today.

That is why I was disappointed to learn that a beauty vlogger has decided to cancel her channel due to beliefs that the video-sharing website has altered its algorithm to make her videos more difficult to find and purposefully hindering black creators.

Destiny Godley has been a YouTube creator for over 11 years, providing tutorials for black women on how to apply makeup. With a channel made up of over 370,000 subscribers, it’s difficult for Destiny to ignore the fact that her numbers have dwindled over the last few years, leaving her with only a few thousand views per video. On Monday, she uploaded a video saying:

“…I’m closing this channel down. I’m closing this channel down for many reasons. Number one, YouTube decided that it’s no longer important that I reach you guys. It’s no longer important that you see my content. You have all these notifications and all these changes to the algorithm,” said Destiny. “YouTube wants everybody to be a ‘sheeple,’ do everything that everybody popular is doing, so you can be on top, but the problem is not only does this channel have algorithmic issues, but as one of you, thank God, one of you pointed out to me my channel may have been hit with whatever Swoop’s channel was hit with.”

Swoop is another YouTube creator who appears to be having the same issue with YouTube’s algorithm.

“Now, I have no idea who Swoop was, but I looked her up because I’m just like ‘yeah, let me see what this girl’s channel was hit with because my channel was hit with something.’ I go, I watch her video and I’m just like, ‘twins, twins, twins, twins’ We’re going through the same thing. My videos cannot be seen. I went through every little thing in my mind and I listen to every little penny comment that somebody had to say…My channel has been plummeting for a while, and I’m over it. I can’t even come to YouTube to enjoy myself because people are wondering what the heck is going on with your numbers. You’re an OG. You have bought us some of the most groundbreaking videos to YouTube in the beauty community, and I agree. There’s something wrong.”

In an effort to get around the issue that’s been hindering her channel from progressing, Godley is launching a new YouTube channel called “The Godley Glow,” which debuts September 1. No worries, her original content will not go to waste as she will provide a link to all of her content from the former channel as well.

Watch the full video here.

5-Year-Old Nigerian Girl Dubbed By Social Media As ‘The Most Beautiful In The World’

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A Nigerian photographer recently shared an image of a young girl by the name of Jare. The 5-year-old quickly captured the attention of thousands of social media users who were captivated by this young girl’s “beauty” and “doll-like” features.

“Oh yes, she’s human! She’s also an angel,” says photographer Mofe Bamuyiwa. “I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless,” she said in regards to the mature nature of the photo, also stating that she hopes the photo “speaks to her when she has reached her adulthood.”

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Oh yes she’s human ! She’s also an angel ! “J A R E “ I want to portray the interception between her childhood and adulthood so both stay timeless ! I could have made her smile and make her laugh out loud but I put her in their natural moments for us to see through their eyes ! Posing them as adults ! Was my trick to create it a timeless portrait ! J A R E , when you clock 21 remember to do same pose and style TEAM Muse : @the_j3_sisters Make up by Dammy of @iposhlooks Creative style direction @mofebamuyiwa Hair by @totalshopwigs Hair styled by @hairkarved Styled by @styledbyseun Assisted by @adebimpe_aj @ernest_chuxx @official_bigjosh #bmbstudio #bmbphotography #mofebamuyiwa #kids #kidsphotography #artsy #love #light #childphotographer #familyphotography

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Ironically, as beautiful as Jare is, Bamuyiwai reveals that she’s actually not a professional model. However, due to the attention garnered from social media, Jare’s mother has since created a page for Jare and her two sisters, Jomiloju, 7, and Joba, 10, who the photographer described as all having “striking features and strong characters.”

According to Ebony, The J3 Sisters page has amassed close to 31,000 followers in the last seven days.

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#CivilChat Meet The Founder & Creator Of Lotti Belle Hair Treatment Oil, Lashae

Ambitious, humble-spirited, and fashion/beauty enthuse  are just a few words to describe the founder and creator of Lotti Belle, Lashae. The vision of Lotti Belle was birthed out of Lashae trying to find a solution to why her hair had become so dry and her scalp became so  flakey. Moving from the dirty south to Los Angeles, Lashae noticed that when the seasons changed, her hair would become damaged. Her hair was affected so bad that she started visiting her dermatologist on a weekly basis to figure out a solution. During a trip back home for vacation, Lashae discovered old photographs from her child hood, when her hair was thick and long. Not understanding how she could go from years of having healthy hair, to now brittle hair, Lashae asked her mother, “what where yall doing to my hair back then?” Her mother contributed the success of Lashae’s hair to her grandmother, Lotti Belle, who inspired the company’s name. Lotti would braid and oil Lashae’s scalp. After seeing that nothing Lashae was using had a positive affect on her hair, Lashae decided to take matters into her own hands. She started researching and creating her own concoctions and testing them by trail and error. After she started receiving compliments and inquiries about what she was using on her hair to revive it, Lashae knew that she had share this product with the world. We recently got a chance to talk with Lashae about The Lotti Belle Brand so sit back and enjoy!


For those who don’t know you, who is Lashae?

Lashae is a 33-year-old entrepreneur from North Carolina. I was raised in the south. I went to and HBCU, Clark Atlanta University  and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. I work in the entertainment industry at the Oprah Winfrey Network in programing and development.  I am easy to talk to, and I love to have a good time. I am a go-getter and I don’t take no’s well. I’m like no? How can we make this a yes?



Lotti Belle was inspired by your grandmother, what is the biggest lesson she taught you?

She died when I was five years old so, I was only blessed to be with her at an early stage. She pretty much was the person I would go to while my mom would work. My  grandparents house was in South Carolina. My grandmother and grandfather taught me from an early age, to own your own business. They were both farmers who came over via slavery. They never worked for anyone. They also had their own land and farm. They were real big on all natural products. Back in the day, everything was all natural. Everything was  castor oil. They were very big on owing your own. As far as  hair goes, my grandmother always had her hair done. She always made sure she greased her scalp and got her hair done. I remember she had long luscious hair until the day she died. She was at a nursing home with a full head of hair so that’s what she taught me. As a lady or as a woman, always keep you hair done. And that meant keeping it healthy.


What is unique about Lotti Belle?

Its unique because it’s for women. Particularly, women of color. You can wear it with a sew in. You can wear it if your hair is natural. You can wear it if your hair is pressed. You can wear it if your hair is premed, curly, or straight. It is also unique because it contains fresh preservatives that come from the mountain unlike other products you can get at the store which may include chemicals. Lotti Belle came directly from Mother Earth straight into bottles, which have UV light protection, which means, nothing can get in it. The bottles are also amazing. They are reusable. It is super poignant and a little goes a long way. Its 100% organic and all natural. A lot of people really aren’t doing that because it’s really expensive. I have a great price point. I know people in the middle, so it’s very affordable. You’re getting a luxury brand for a reasonable fee.

How hands on were you when selecting the ingredients and why was it so important to use all natural ingredients?

I did my homework and I was researching stuff for myself in the beginning so, it took about a year to get everything right. I would do a lot of testing like, what does this do? What does that do? I would go online to see what mixtures would really promote hair growth. I also got to the point of growing your edges. I’ve realized that not doing a sew in or getting a press, your edges are the first to go. You’re always putting your hair behind your ear. You’re touching it in the morning with your face soap in the morning. Your hairline is very important and that’s what I was focusing on. It was like trail and error. It was like okay, that doesn’t work or that’s too heavy. I also wanted it to smell good. A lot of times a weave product may work or be great but, they stink. You go to work,go to work out, or go on a date  and your hair smells like rotten eggs or something. I wanted to feel nice and confident. When I take my sew in out, I don’t want to smell stinky hair. I wanted to smell  something sweet. That’s how I knew I had something good. I went from stinky  weave to OMG! I don’t  have to wash this if I don’t want to. But, of course I would. It felt so moisturized and smelled so good.


Can you use Lotti Belle oil everyday?

I use it two to three days a week for my hair. Some people use it daily.  Using a pea-sized amount or a diamond-sized amount is  fine. I would recommend using two to three days prior to your washday. So say if you get your hair done on Saturdays, starting Thursday,apply  Lotti Belle to your scalp. On Friday I would really get in there and get it more saturated so Saturday when it’s time for you or your stylist to wash it out. That way it  will have penetrated your scalp. I know some people who just like to use it as a conditioner or a treatment. It just depends on what your hair really needs.

Besides being great for dry scalp and dandruff, what are some other benefits of Lotti Belle?

You can mix the Lotti Belle oil into other conditioners. I know some people who use it to remove their makeup. Everything is all natural and all organic. Sometimes people use face wipes and they don’t realize that it contains  chemicals that could  burn your eyes. The Lotti Belle oil is so pungent. You can take a little bit on your fingertip and glide it on your face or eye makeup. Rub it into your eye, and literally wipe it off. It comes off real easy. It also doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. It’s a very light product. A little goes a long way. So it can be used to remove makeup, it can be used on your edges, and you can also mix it into your protein conditioner.

In January, Lotti Belle became available in stores, were there any challenges during this process?

I would say, it wasn’t really hard. It was all about where I wanted to see my product and at the time, I really want it to be in all stores. I want it to be in fancy stores and in beauty supply stores. I have it in Charlotte North Carolina and in Los Angles. I’m currently trying to  be more of a wholesale business so that other entrepreneurs who are in the hair care, hair salon business, or a stylist can buy it at the wholesale rate and can have it at their store or salon.

Lotti Belle is coming out with a face, body, and hair mist. Can you tell me a little bit about that?

I’m really big on if it works for me, then I certainly feel like it could work for everybody else. I am a big product junkie myself and I know what works for me. I’ve been taking my time on this. Like I did with the oil to come up with a really nice formula that will work for everybody’s skin type. I finally got everything in order. I’m just waiting for my packaging and doing a little bit more. But, mainly the packaging and how I am going to ship it. The formula is awesome. Its basically, sometimes when you don’t want to put oil on because it is hot but you need something refreshing. So, this is a mist that comes out in the same bottle as Lotti Belle. It has UV protected lights. It comes out very light and you just spritz all over your body and hands. It does wonders for you skin. It has all these amazing ingredients in it to help with skin discoloration, blemishes, and dry spots around your nose or mouth. I would wake up after washing my face and putting on my makeup this may sound weird but, I was getting dry around my mouth. Dry patches and I was like wait a minute. I’ve noticed a huge difference in just adding that to the particular dry areas.

Will this product have the same affect as Fresh’s Rose Water?

It definitely have rose. Rose and ale Vera like ale Vera juice, and a little dash of the Lotti Belle oil. I feel like a little drop of oil goes a long way in this mixture and moisture. This will hydrate your face. If you work a 9-5 or you’ve been out all day and you need your makeup to look a little bit more refreshed, just mist your face and reapply a little bit of makeup. You will look like you have a fresh face.

When should we be expecting a launch date for the Lotti Belle Face, Body, & Hair Mist?

My goal is for September. I am also coming out with a candle. People love the smell of Lotti Belle. I get a lot of videos or testimonials and peoples number one thing is, “I love the smell, that alone just gets me.” So, I was like really? When you go to my product line, I want you to get the Lotti Belle experience. When you smell the candle, it’s going to have the same exact ingredients in my hand poured candle, that is LA based. It’s going to be a coconut wax with olive oil. Both of these products should be out by the top of September.

What factors do you think contributed to Lotti Belle’s success?

Not taking no for an answer. Having access and being in L.A. The location has really helped because a lot of our products are made from here. Locally, in-house the product is here which has been a huge help for me. Knowing a lot of different people. I’ve meet tons and tons of people. I have a lot of resourceful resources because of the entertainment business. So that really helps. Plus, I have a lot of dope friends that really believe in me. Especially Karen. I was like, I have this product I’ve been using it, let me know what you think. Being honest is another factor that contributed to Lotti Belle’s success. When I was giving out samples, I really wanted feedback. People were really being honest. Another factor was watching  other black women.  I felt like, if they could do it then I could too. My biggest thing is, if I love it and swear by it, and it honestly and truthfully works for me, then I can sale this product. It’s not even a product I’m selling. I’m trying to put people on and teach others. I feel when you have something like that, you’re not selling it. You are saying try this, it will change your life.

Do you have any advice for people who are starting their journey into entrepreneurship?

If you are at the stage in life where you can quit your day job then by all means, do it. I love my 9-5. It’s been a true blessing. I do this on the side and yes it’s a lot of work but I don’t feel like its work. It should feel right, it shouldn’t be complicated. I would also say pray about it. I’m a Christian.  I say pray about anything you do. If you come up with an idea, and regardless if you have a 9-5 or not, you want to be realistic with your goals but, at the same time you need to challenge and push yourself. Sometimes, I wake up at 3 or 4 am and work on Lotti Belle. Sometimes I’m not getting my sleep like everybody else but, it’s the bigger picture. Put your effort in and make it work for you. If you’re doing something you are passionate about, it’s not work. It’s feeding your soul. You have to really love what you do. Love what you’re selling. Love what you have to offer. Love the product. Don’t tell everybody what you are trying to do. Not everybody is for you. Not to say you can’t share your vision with people, but sometimes, its best to visualize it without any negativity. It only takes one person and that person maybe positive but they could say something like but or so and so does that too. You don’t want any of that to get into your head. When I stared Lotti Belle, I didn’t tell anybody. Well, my mother and best friend knew.  Once I decided I was going to do this, I started moving. I had to come up with a logo, a look for the packaging, and bottles. I didn’t really go to people asking what did they think. I have a team of people that I would run things by. Ultimately, I knew what I wanted. With the products that I am launching, I had to remember how Lotti Belle was created. It wasn’t about the little details because the little details can stress you out and cause you to not do something. I just prayed on it and let it go. I gave myself a deadline and went for it. You can’t have doubt. Also, be around people that are doing similar things. Be around people who are doing the same thing as you in some capacity. A lot of my friends were just starting off doing consultant work or they had just opened up a business. I was around people who were creating their own businesses. It was really encouraging. One year at the Essence Women’s Luncheon, Taraji P. Henson said, “ stop fooling around with people who have your same problem and get around people who have some solutions”

Click here to check out the Lotti Belle product line

Fashion Nova To Launch Cosmetics Line ‘Nova Beauty’

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Ladies, it looks like Fashion Nova is looking to become a one-stop shop for all of your fashion and beauty needs. The popular online clothing store will be expanding to offer you the latest and greatest in cosmetics!

“We are transforming into a one-stop shop lifestyle destination,” CEO Richard Saghian told The brand’s new extension, Nova Beauty, will make its debut between the end of this year and early next year. The goal is to expand their makeup collection with name brands similar to Sephora.

Last month, the shopping powerhouse launched Fashion Nova Men, featuring streetwear-inspired pieces like hoodies, sweatpants, denim, T-shirts and more. I guess it’s safe to say did not come to play.

Be on the lookout for a whole new wave of high-quality photos from some of your favorite beauty ambassadors!

Black Models Turned Away From Casting Call & Told Afros Were A ‘No-No’

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While it’s not surprising, it’s still extremely disappointing to hear stories of black women being discriminated against for the very same things society tells us we should “embrace” and “love ourselves” for. Amongst many amazing things, the color of our skin, our natural hair, and poise are what makes us beautiful, so it’s hard to understand why a group of black women would be turned away from a casting call and told that black models were not wanted and afros were a “no-no.”

Joia Talbott and Kacey Leggett were among several other black women who were turned away from a recent casting call for KYA Swim. The two shared a video on social media that has since gone viral, recalling their experience for the Miami Swim Week event. “They told us they didn’t want any Black models and Afros were a no-no,” said Talbott.

The models said they were waiting in line for the casting for KYA Swim when they were told it had ended. However, after 10 to 15 black women proceeded to leave, they said the casting was opened back up for the fairer-skin women.

KYA Swim states that they “deeply disturbed” by what has taken place and are investigating. “KYA Swim is proud of its record of diversity and we are the midst of looking into the events of last Thursday to review the actions of the production company in charge of the casting call,” the company said.

As for Kacey Leggett, she says “I’m lost for words. I’m still trying to process what happened.” Joia Talbott feels that this casting “went above and beyond to be disrespectful and degrading towards women of color” and stated that they were ready to go back to L.A. where women of color are not only booked but appreciated.

The women who were allegedly discriminated against held their own make-shift photo shoot with the caption, “When a casting director tells you they don’t want any Afros or women of color…you STILL show them just how powerful you are. YOU. CANT. BREAK. US!!”

These Awesome Black Women Bodied Their Essence Festival 2018 Looks

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The 2018 Essence Music Festival has finally come to an end and per usual the #BLACKGIRLMAGIC sprinkled all over the great city that is New Orleans, Louisiana. Every July, thousands of black women and men round up their posse and take a trip down south to New Orleans to enjoy great networking, shopping, music, food, drinks, events, and panels. The festival is curated especially for us by Essence, and it always feels like the ultimate black celebration of life, love, and success.

If you’ve ever attended the Essence Music Festival you are aware that it is always filled to the brim with smart, beautiful, talented, and successful women. Women of color from all over the world show up and show out with their natural beauty, aesthetic, and style. I mean, how else are we supposed to show up? That is what we do, we slay.

To nobodies surprise, this years festival was another one for the books. As I scrolled through social media this past weekend I began to get major Essence Music Festival FOMO. Every time I logged on I instantly started to crave Po’ boys and daiquiris. I also envisioned myself dancing and singing my ass off with my fellow beautiful black folks at Mary J. Bilge’s and Janet Jacksons epic performances. Lastly, I could not get over the super bomb outfits that were worked by the attendees. Festival goers did not disappoint when it came to showcasing their personal styles and personalities.

Issa Rae killed it in her mustard yellow jumpsuit and Yvonne Orji played no games in her gorgeous navy blue form-fitting dress at HBO’s Insecure Live Wine Down at Essence Festival event. Those ladies along with many others had our social media feed on fire, including the founder of Live Civil herself Karen Civilwho hosted a couple of events throughout the weekend.

Everyone looked absolutely stunning. Some of our favorite looks came from a couple of up and coming talents, hosts, producers, and social influencers. These awesome black women bodied their 2018 Essence Festival looks oh-so effortlessly. Get into their fits, get into their brands, and get inspired, check these #CivilChicks out below:

Dope & Darling w/ Christina Bright


Cozy & Cool w/ Reginae Carter


Turnt’ Up & Tribal w/ Danielle Young


Pretty & Pink w/ Noelle Bellingham


Modern & Memorable w/ Gia Peppers


Earthy & Everything w/ Makho Ndlovu


Metallic & Majestic w/Kéla Walker



Here Are Different Face Masks You Should Try For Your Skin Concerns

Have you ever walked into a skin care store looking for a facial mask but you were completely overwhelmed by all of the products? Choosing the correct mask for your particular type of skin can be a very difficult task if you are new to the wonderful world of masking. If you know what type of skin concerns you have but you aren’t quit familiar with the types of mask out there, here are a few different types of mask you should try based on your skin concern.


Hydrating Face Mask: Do you apply a lot moisture to your face in the morning but by the end of the day your face is still dry? If so then, using hydration mask is the perfect way to reintroduce your skin to moisture. I would highly recommend trying the Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask, which retails for $6.00. The Rose Face Mask was created to provide moisturizing and brightening properties through natural rose extract for a healthier looking complexion.



Brightening Face Mask: Brightening face mask in short are used to get help get rid of darker spots on the face. The main ingredient found in brightening mask is Vitamin C, which helps because it decreases the appearance of hyperpigmentation without the risk of bleaching. A great brighting mask The Boscia Sake Brighting Bio-Cellulose Mask. The Bio-Cellulose mask retails at $8 and is infused with sake, sodium hyaluronate, and antioxidants to instantly brighten, minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and hydrate the skin for a glowing complexion. This mask is great for all skin types.



Cleansing Mask: If you are like me and love a deep facial cleaning, then the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment is perfect for you. This mask is $24 for the mini version and retails at $59 for the original size. This mask is great for all skin types The Glam Glow Clearing Treatment was developed to minimize imperfections such as  blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid. It also works to help minimize pores and create clearer skin. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt leaving a healthy-looking complexion.


Exfoliation: Working at Sephora, one of the most commonly asked questions is, what is the difference between using a mask and exfoliation? Well, the answer is, exfoliation removes dead skin cells where as masking improves your over all skin concerns. So if you don’t feel like masking is for you then you should try exfoliating The exfoliator I would recommend  is the Origins Scrub Cleanser. This exfoliator and cleanser wrapped into one retails for $20.50. Since it is a cleanser, you can use it everyday. This cleanser is jam packed with radiance-boosting panax ginseng and caffeine while jojoba and carnauba wax gently exfoliate to help unclog pores. Skin looks smoother and brighter, and feels perfectly refreshed and squeaky clean. It is great t for all skin types.

Issa Rae Stars In CoverGirl’s New ‘Inclusive’ Campaign Which Offers 40 New Foundation Shades

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As the makeup industry continues to progress, brands such as Make Up For Ever, Fenty Beauty, Dior, Lancôme, Tarte, CoverFX, and CoverGirl have all released inclusive foundations catering to 40 different shades of women.

CoverGirl, who recently released their 40-shade TruBlend Matte Made foundation, has called on actress and producer Issa Rae, 70-year-old model Maye Musk, and professional motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda for their new inclusive campaign.

Like many of us, CoverGirl spokesperson Issa Rae expressed her frustration with her skin tone not being represented in the cosmetics industry. “The most frustrating thing is going to a store in a pinch and trying to get your shade and finding that no one is checking for you,” she told InStyle Magazine. “It’s such a gut punch to be like, ‘Oh, no one even thought of me. No one is even checking for my skin tone.'”

The announcement came last month as CoverGirl stated in a press release that they would add an additional 26 shades to their existing TruBlend foundation collection.

Excited to be a part of the CoverGirl campaign, Issa told People, “There’s so much attention being paid to making sure that people are being included and represented, and Covergirl is making that a priority and I feel like I can get behind that. This particular foundation and the messaging overall has people embracing who they are and their individuality in a way that’s really being celebrated right now.”

The TruBlend Matte Made foundation is available at Walmart for just $8.44.

Aoki Lee Simmons Shares Her Struggle With Embracing Her Beauty & I Can Totally Relate

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Often times we forget that celebrities and children of celebrities are human. They suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, and insecurity just like we do and if you take away the luxurious lifestyle, million-dollar homes, and expensive cars, they are far more relatable than we think they are.

Aoki Lee Simmons recently took to social media to reveal that she struggled with embracing her beauty. Aoki, who is the youngest daughter of Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons, detailed how internet trolls would often compare her appearance to that of her older sister, Ming Lee Simmons, leaving her feeling as though she wasn’t as pretty.

“I used to be very picky about pictures and not really show my face,” she says. “And [I] would often not post pictures of cool events or important moments because I didn’t really like my smile or I was standing next to my beautiful sister.”

Aoki also revealed that it’s easy to become insecure when both your mother and sister are models.

In regards to how social media impacted her self-confidence, she said “I’ve dealt with a lot of negativity on Instagram; comments saying I’m not as pretty as my big sister. We all want to look nice in our photos, but I’ve tried to let all of that go and just post pictures where I look happy or was actually having a good time. I try not to worry [about] who I’m standing next to and just share good moments with you guys.”

As a woman, who also dealt with self-confidence issues growing up, Aoki’s story is one that I know all too well. Even though I’d never felt as though I was necessarily less pretty than my loved ones, I did know that I wasn’t society’s standard version of beauty. As a young girl, who wouldn’t want the world to see them as beautiful?

Throughout my life as a teenager, I dealt with a lot of humiliation from my peers and some family members surrounding the fact that I was of a darker skin tone. While it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, it definitely taught me the importance of self-love. Later in life, I realized that my dark skin was never the issue, it was everyone else’s lack of love for self.

Debbie Allen and Shonda Rhimes Team Up With Dove To Display The Magic Of Mentorship

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Powerhouses Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen recently announced the release of the second season of Real Beauty Productions, an initiative created by Dove in 2017 designed to redefine beauty standards to reflect real women.

Allen told Blavity that her passion for the project surfaced  after reflecting on her own experience battling traditional society’s standards of beauty and learning to take pride in her own physical appearance.

“We as black women need to see ourselves, and we look so many different ways, and people have to stand there, look at themselves, and see a reflection of God. There is a reason why we don’t all look the same. We don’t need to look the same.”

In “An Hour With Her,” Dove Real Beauty Productions tells the story of inspiring women who mentor girls to build their self-esteem. The latest episode features Dove Self-Esteem Project ambassador and actress Chelsea Harris and high schooler and aspiring actress Caralyn Singleterry. 

The two shared their personal experiences with bullying and battling the pressures of society’s standards. Harris spoke about how she was able to overcome bullying and appearance related negativity as a woman of color.

“For me, some of the different aspects of being African American became things that I just didn’t feel good about. I used to wear makeup that was way too light for my skin, and I used to have these bright green contacts. Then I would wear a lot of long super straight hair extensions. It’s just one of those things where I looked in the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself.”

She went on to credit the Dove Self-Esteem Project with helping her break through years of self-doubt to embrace her natural beauty and gain the confidence to follow her dreams. 

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Crayola Now Has A Line Of Gender-Fluid Makeup

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I’m not making this up: Crayola is making makeup.

Yep, in a partnership with young adult retail brand ASOS, Crayola now has a line of 58 vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, which includes  includes 58 colorful products that come in a whopping 95 shades, including shimmering highlighters, neon mascaras, and an array of face crayons — which look super similar to Crayola’s actual crayons, but these are probably better for your skin than pigmented paraffin.

Elle notes the collection is “gender fluid,” citing a press release about the line from ASOS. They also note that both men and women are shown wearing the product in the campaign’s photos.

And no, you can’t just use real crayons as makeup. They’re not “designed, tested, or approved” for that purpose, according to the crayon giant’s website.