Take a close look at this photo and you'll notice Alicia Keys is not wearing any makeup. That's right, the 35-year-old singer elected to attend Sunday's event completely fresh-faced. Regardless of whether it was simply a personal choice or a deliberately political statement, I love her for being comfortable enough in her own skin to stand proudly before the cameras and demonstrate to the world that beauty is whatever you want it to be.
With the 88th Academy Awards set to take place this Sunday, it's hard to avoid the heated controversy aptly summarized by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it, which makes the conversation fascinating... and frustrating. On one hand I love that an issue as crucial as diversity in film has become topical, but while exposing the industry for its extreme shortcomings in hiring actors/actresses of varied ethnic backgrounds it has somehow devolved into an unsettlingly irrational debate. It's terrifying to think that in the year 2016 people can still argue in favour of blatant injustice, using the same "logic" as men's rights activists and #AllLivesMatter proponents. That's why I was elated when I discovered this rally cry of a video that the good folks at Last Week Tonight released earlier this week. Watch it. Share it. Love it!
Will you be watching or boycotting the Oscars this Sunday? Share your thoughts in a comment below!
If you think Nicki Minaj is to thank (or blame) for the growing popularity of wigs, you'll be interested to learn that humans have been actually been wearing wigs for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were known to shave their heads and instead wear wigs to protect their scalps from the blazing sun (Encyclopedia). In the 1600s, men of status donned enormous powdered wigs to signify their wealth and virility (Cracked).
While the wig once symbolized power and prestige, today it's mostly considered a costume item. People don't really take wigs seriously anymore, and the practice of doing so has even become contentious in the natural hair community. Some people argue that wigs shouldn't be considered natural because they mask the wearer's true curls much like a relaxer does. Conversely, others state that if the wearer's hair is unprocessed and free of chemicals underneath, then s/he is natural regardless. No matter which side of the debate you fall on there are indisputable benefits to wearing a wig.
In order to enjoy these benefits, though, you've got to make sure your wig is installed and maintained correctly. Here are some tips:
What's your stance on wigs? Are they a staple in your wardrobe or just a Halloween accessory?
Share your thoughts in a comment below!
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