As with fast fashion, fast beauty products are produced very quickly with immediate customer satisfaction uppermost in manufacturers’ minds. The environmental costs may be high.
Kristopher Fraser is a fashion editor based in New York City. He currently works as the New York Editor for Fashionunited.com, and his work has also appeared on Allmyfriendsaremodels.com and Rivetandjeans.com.
Look around at sunscreen advertising, and you would think Black and Latinx people don’t use sunscreen at all. They do, and need to.
Repurposed food is a leading component in upcycled beauty products, with companies making efficient use of plant-based waste. One person’s trash is another person’s beauty regimen.
“The response has been quite bleak, but it’s better than none,” says blogger Bryanboy of the fashion industry’s response to the Atlanta shootings—and anti-AAPI violence in general.
Historically, fashion companies tended to recruit from a small selection of predominantly white schools. Black colleges and universities are hoping to help change that.
Kamala Harris wore a range of clothes by Black designers at the inauguration. Up-and-coming designers hope that kind of emphatic visibility points to a bright future.
The beauty industry has been trying to productively confront racism. Can it do the same with colorism, where lighter-skinned models are favored over those with darker skin?
The fashion world doesn’t just treat Muslim models and stylists disrespectfully; it is also ignorant of Muslim consumers. Change isn’t impossible, but it is long overdue.