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Teenagers and appearance: concerns amongst girls, boys, bullies and victims

The latest figures from the Good Childhood Report suggest that 34% of girls and 20% of boys are unhappy with their appearance; the report also suggests that bullying is likely…

Manicuring Indifference: The Exceptionality of a Routine Practice – By Louise Rondel

A selection of the colours available at a salon In advance of the 4th Beauty Demands Workshop, Louise Rondel (Goldsmiths, University of London)  considers the wider impact of the  nail…

Beauty in Iran: Paradoxical and Comic

I am an anthropologist and have studied cosmetic surgery practices in Tehran, Iran, named as the “nose job capital of the world” (CBS, 2005). Hardly surprisingly, there are intriguing contradictions…

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Sweatshops and Shame

With claims that the recent rise in coronavirus cases in Leicester was partly due to ‘sweatshop’ working conditions in some textile factories, we revisit Maeve McKeown’s post from 2017 on this…

Beauty standards, bodies, and virtual reality

Last April, I co-organised the workshop “The role of the body in virtual reality” at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Two of the talks given were, I think, of particular…

The Prevalence of Orthodontics and Aesthetic Demands among Thai women

Why don’t you choose to wear braces to enhance your teeth? You would look better after getting your braces off!  You should find a way to reduce the size of…

Face-ism in 21st Century Visual Culture needs to be Eliminated

We were very sad to hear the news of the death of James Partridge on the 16th August 2020 (https://faceequalityinternational.org/news/james-announcement/). James was an amazing man, a true trail-blazer in his…

‘I didn’t even notice you’d had a spray tan done’: The role of distinction in the production of femininities in the beauty salon.

At the time of year when we’re encouraged to get “glowing holiday skin”, we revisit this thoughtful exploration of the spray tan from 2016. 3. Where possible, always shave or…

Too dark skinned to win Strictly: Alexandra Burke, race hate and why love still matters

As it is currently Black History Month, it seems a good opportunity to revisit this brilliant post from Shirley Tate from 2018.  In 2017, I was approached by a fashion…