Forty shades of Fenty

By Korrien Hopkins

Rihanna is now dominating the cosmetics industry with her ground-breaking make-up brand Fenty Beauty.

It seems everyone’s been falling for Fenty this season. Just in time for fashion week, Fenty Beauty and its 40 foundation shades hit the shelves of Sephora back in September.

The brand shook up the makeup industry in a major way, giving an amazing array of shades for women of color. With shades selling out almost immediately, Rihanna provided a concrete and high-profile example that darker foundation shades are in very high demand.

Rihanna has gained worldwide praise for Fenty Beauty, and, personally, I would have to say its release symbolized a beautiful moment for me. Many women with darker skin have struggled for years to find makeup shades that matched. Rihanna not only made shade fit for darker women, but also women who have skin conditions such as albinism.

This “for us by us” movement has me excited and happy to support those who are here to make a positive change for women of color. As other makeup brands follow Rihanna’s lead, I’m sure this is only the beginning.

Sesame Street: Bringin’ in the Diversity

 

by Danielle Lyons

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Our beloved childhood classic has been making some long overdue additions to their cast of characters in order to increase their diversity. Their first addition was a character named Julia, a child with Autism. Dr. Jeanette Betancourt says,

“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied, and with one in 68 children having autism, that’s a lot of bullying.”

In her story book introduction she goes on to explain to other characters that she loves to play, but she just plays differently than other kids. The creators are hoping to bring an awareness and understanding of person’s with Autism. Their other new addition is Zari, a six year old girl from Afghanistan. She’s often described as, eager, bright and passionate about women’s empowerment. Zari is a collaboration between Sesame Workshop and the Afghan education ministry. Sherrie Westin says,

“The exciting part about Zari is that she is modelling for young girls that it is wonderful to go to school and that it’s OK to dream about having a career.”