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Originally posted by art_gurl:
Not good news overall, but I was very surprised at finding any acknowledgement of euro-centric beauty in ANY western woman's beauty magazine. A tiny step, but perhaps a step forward in consciousness for white women?


The public has launched attacks against the fashion industry's narrow standard of beauty for quite some time. In the 80's, for example, there was a great concern for White teenage girls who suffered from anorexia nervosa and bulemia as a result of them trying to look like the super models being featured in popular fashion magazines. Feminists, parents, and other concerned members of the community criticized fashion editors harshly for not featuring "normal-sized" women in their magazines, that is, women whose bodies are representative of average women in America. To them, the fashion magazines were sending a clear message to the public and to their subscribers: If you do not look like the models being shown in these magazines, you are ugly, because THESE women represent ideal beauty.

Therefore, I'm not at all surprised by Marie Claire's acknowledgement of the fashion industry's preference for Eurocentric images of beauty. In fact, many fashion editors will tell you straight up that they feature predominately White, very thin women in their magazines because if they did not, no one would buy their magazines. This is still a White racist country, for the most part, which has it's own concept of beauty. Seeing nonwhite and/or larger-sized women on the cover of their magazines is not desirable.
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