Week in Review: 4/28-5/4

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A full week in NYC!  So what happened?
How does someone who lost so much care about her beauty every day? Weekend Observations: The Strength to Move On
New news on the different types of sugars and how our bodies react to them Can the Difference Between Heavy and Thin Come Down to A Few Letters?
The beauty news that fascinated us this week More to Love: Additions to the Reading List 

Can’t wait to tell about my great style re-programming!  Stay tuned to this week’s posts

More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

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What beauty-in-culture news have attracted our attention?  Take a look:

  • The annual beauty contest to raise money for the military is getting criticized, but this time, it’s by men

http://spartandaily.com/104362/beauty-bowl-is-not-pretty-to-all

  • No surprise, beauty treatments still flourish despite the recession — even these!

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/the-beauty-market-resists-recession/

  • How those Dove sketch videos really went viral

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-26/how-those-dove-real-beauty-sketch-ads-went-viral

  • Lots of hoopla over the identical Korean beauty contestants.  Despite how eery as it looks, there’s an explanation

http://kotaku.com/blame-photoshop-for-koreas-beauty-queen-clones-482285894

Any more s tories to add? Comment or tweet us @Beautyske

Weekend Observations:Damned If You Do, Damned If Don’t

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Over the past week Dove has gotten a lot of press over their new campaign, “New Beauty Sketches.”  Even we posted about it last week.  It portrays how off base women’s perceptions of their own beauty really are.  A good message I would argue.

And you know when you’ve gotten some traction with an idea when the spoofs emerge.  And they are hilarious!

Now, people are talking about it for another reason.

They’re criticizing it (see latest AdWeek article on the topic).

Puhleeeze.  Can’t we just appreciate a good message when we see it?

The criticism goes something like this:

1. It’s too white and the women are “traditionally” attractive (what does traditionally attractive mean anyway?)

2. It seems to define beauty as being thin and young.(I think some people would see a few of these models as “middle-aged”)

3. Positions beauty as the yardstick by which women define themselves. (oh come on, beauty matters to women.  Oh, yeah, and Dove makes beauty products.  It would be pretty ridiculous to talk about computing or household appliances, right?!) 

4. It shows women as their own enemies rather than victims of a sexist society. (Maybe the lens is on how women hurt themselves vs how society plays a role, I get that. Buuuuutttt, we negotiate our way through cultural norms and expectations.  We don’t follow everything.  We can’t blame everything on the culture surrounding us. So, yes, women are their own worst enemies some times.)

5. It is hypocritical because it comes from Unilever, which also makes Axe, Slim-Fast and more. (Yeah, heard that over the years.  This is tough.  I don’t mind Slim Fast because the brand is trying to help people get healthy (not anorexic).  But Axe does portray young women in a sexist light.  On the other hand, it is so clear from the Axe ads that women have the upper hand with boys — hence all the fantasies!  So,maybe we can argue that women are actually recognized as a pretty powerful bunch — way too powerful for the average guy to attract.)

Finally, let’s give Dove a break.  They can’t possibly create a video to include every person and perspective out there.  Otherwise we ADD-prone people wouldn’t bother to watch it!

So let’s just sit back, relax, and applaud Dove for their great efforts.

Weekend Observations:Damned If You Do, Damned If Don't

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Over the past week Dove has gotten a lot of press over their new campaign, “New Beauty Sketches.”  Even we posted about it last week.  It portrays how off base women’s perceptions of their own beauty really are.  A good message I would argue.
And you know when you’ve gotten some traction with an idea when the spoofs emerge.  And they are hilarious!
Now, people are talking about it for another reason.
They’re criticizing it (see latest AdWeek article on the topic).
Puhleeeze.  Can’t we just appreciate a good message when we see it?
The criticism goes something like this:
1. It’s too white and the women are “traditionally” attractive (what does traditionally attractive mean anyway?)

2. It seems to define beauty as being thin and young.(I think some people would see a few of these models as “middle-aged”)

3. Positions beauty as the yardstick by which women define themselves. (oh come on, beauty matters to women.  Oh, yeah, and Dove makes beauty products.  It would be pretty ridiculous to talk about computing or household appliances, right?!) 
4. It shows women as their own enemies rather than victims of a sexist society. (Maybe the lens is on how women hurt themselves vs how society plays a role, I get that. Buuuuutttt, we negotiate our way through cultural norms and expectations.  We don’t follow everything.  We can’t blame everything on the culture surrounding us. So, yes, women are their own worst enemies some times.)

5. It is hypocritical because it comes from Unilever, which also makes Axe, Slim-Fast and more. (Yeah, heard that over the years.  This is tough.  I don’t mind Slim Fast because the brand is trying to help people get healthy (not anorexic).  But Axe does portray young women in a sexist light.  On the other hand, it is so clear from the Axe ads that women have the upper hand with boys — hence all the fantasies!  So,maybe we can argue that women are actually recognized as a pretty powerful bunch — way too powerful for the average guy to attract.)
Finally, let’s give Dove a break.  They can’t possibly create a video to include every person and perspective out there.  Otherwise we ADD-prone people wouldn’t bother to watch it!
So let’s just sit back, relax, and applaud Dove for their great efforts.

Week in Review: 4/14-4/20

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What happened on Beautyskew this week?  Finally, A LOT!
I finally succumbed and hired a personal shopper!  See why and what happened. Weekend Observations: I Did It…I Went Personal!
Lots of coverage on this new Dove campaign.  Check it out and see why. Pic of the Week: Self-Perception Vs. Reality
Affirmative action or new perspectives on beauty?  This story on Miss Israel delves into this very question. It’s Not Politics; It’s Beauty
More juicy beauty-in-culture reading. More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

Spring has Sprung…woo hoo!