There are so many grooming options open to women today – from a landing strip to a bald Brazilian to covering your vagina in sparkles. Making the vagina look and smell ‘aesthetically pleasing’ – like ensuring it smells of guavas – is a billion-dollar industry. But women – and only women – should be in charge of what their lady parts look like.
Whether we are being told that we are too fat or too thin, women are expected to want to change their bodies to meet society’s standards of beauty. But as Lineo Segoete writes, body-positivity is one way of taking a stand against discrimination, objectification, fetishisation and other attempts at patriarchal control.
When it comes to the issue of skin colour, the black woman is always told she has too much melanin. Does anyone ever complain of too much non-melanin? South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech was asked by her uber driver if she’d lighten her skin for $10,000. Find out her answer.
Celebrating the beauty of Blackness is what Ghanaian-British artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane is all about. He does oil portraits and contemporary murals. Dreph was born in Nottingham in the U.K in 1973 and raised in Windsor. He is extremely talented and has transformed city walls through beautiful art and recently into tributes to Black women with his latest series ‘You Are Enough’. With Africa Day fast approaching, it is only befitting to celebrate art that recognises the beauty of our continent.
The 21st of May marked the day for cultural diversity for dialogue and development, a day which provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. This celebration precedes Africa Day for our continent, and today we want to hear from you. What aspects of your culture are you proud of and what do you wish could change about your culture either politically, socially, religiously and/ or economically?
You may have seen these pictures of two young girls with albinism with their hair attached to each other but do you know who they are. The twins are part of photographer Vinicius Terranova’s project Flores Raras (Rare flowers), which seeks to celebrate the power of diversity.
Social media stood in support with Mimi Mbah, a 19 year-old Cameroonian aspiring model, who was featured on Africa Beauties, a Twitter page showcasing beautiful Africans worldwide after she received a racist comment saying she would be hotter if she was lighter. This Is Africa caught up with her to discuss her experiences in the U.S. and how she handles racist comments.
Thando Hopa, a lawyer and model is the new face of Audi’s SUV car. The model has been vocal about the treatment of people with albinism, using her experiences to raise awareness on albinism, which is still profoundly misunderstood. Hopa is undoubtedly the perfect face, and her involvement with Audi could bring more discussions around albinism.
What is beauty? Why do we always have to conform to western preconceived notions of what beauty is?