Welcome model and content creator Isabelle Miller to The Whole View! Stacy and Isabelle discuss taking ownership of who you are and what you choose to do in the face of criticism and how Isabelle approaches “beauty standards” as a dark-skinned woman of color online. For another perspective, we revisit Episode 24 with Ky Washington, a professional makeup artist, focusing on toxic standards of the beauty industry and the negative impacts it has on the BIPOC community.
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- Isabelle comes from a background of design, modeling, and photography, but her current passion is providing an alluring and intimate look into her life for her followers. She dipped my toe into the startup world, did intern and freelance work here and there, but decided she needed to be sincere with myself and my true interests lied elsewhere.
- She also uses her platforms to share personal experiences and to give an intimate look into her life, as a woman of color facing backlash in the public eye. So she is passionate about encouraging other women to embrace their confidence, ignore the negative comments, and constantly pursue self-betterment.
Toxic Beauty Standards
- Stacy and Isabelle discuss skin tone and opportunities in media and online contect. Would some women get the following and press and opportunities if they were my skin tone? And the answer, unfortunately as it is, is probably not.
- In the face of criticism, Isabelle says the best thing she can do is do is what is best for her, personally. She knows her truth and her own value. Because a lot of times dark-skinned women are are so brainwashed to think that “hey, this girl with the lighter skin tone is more good-looking than you”, and she knows that’s a lie.
- Isabelle encourages women who want to be more authentic and confident in their sexuality, identity, and individuality, is to “just do it”, but it may take time to break down your own or defenses. You may want to find inspiration in other creators or artists that appeal to you. Also, if you’re not comfortable with something, you don’t have to do it. Just own your feelings.
Revisit Episode 24, Toxic Beauty Standards with Ky Washington
- Clean beauty expert Ky Washington and Stacy dive into the toxic beauty standards of the industry and the negative impacts it has on the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. Ky shares her experience as a Black Beauty expert, how her journey lead her to becoming a clean makeup artist, and offers actionable steps to allies wanting to help the BIPOC community.
- Read more here.
Studies, References & Products
- UC Berkley School of Public Health: HERMOSA Study
- Hair dye and chemical straightener use and breast cancer risk in a large US population of black and white women, International Journal of Cancer
- Beautycounter: The Link Between BIPOC Women’s Health and Toxic Exposure
- Environmental Working Group (EWG): Big Market for Black Cosmetics, but Less-Hazardous Choices Limited
- Spectrum News 1: Are Cultural Beauty Standards Contributing to Persistent Health Disparities?
- Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
- The Lobster (movie)
- Fearing Black Bodies by Sabrina Strings
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
- Natural or Not: Target Guide
- Black-Owned Business (Stacy loves)
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