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This Just In: L’Oreal WhiteWashes Beyonce (Surprised?)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2008 by sisterspeakonline

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Lisa Peyton-Caire


my favorite beauty blogger, AfroBella, expressed her views on the current ‘whitewashing’ of Beyonce by beauty giant L’Oreal, which comes as no surprise. It demontrates again why it is critical for us to own, manufacture, and support our own beauty ventures, or at the least, NOT to support those who do not fully represent or appreciate our beauty as it is. Read on and talk back.

Whitewash and Photoshop

August 8th, 2008

Is anyone genuinely surprised by this recent L’Oreal Feria/Beyonce skin lightening advertising drama? I wasn’t. Not at all. This has happened to Beyonce before, after all. And I don’t get why so many people are blaming Beyonce — do celebrities get final approval on how they look in advertising? I’m inclined to think not, given everything I’ve read about stars getting upset about how their appearance was altered for print. Beyonce’s not a Photoshop pro who touches up her own pics. Just about every image you see in a magazine has been digitally retouched by a angel somewhere along the line.

Lighting is artfully manipulated to soften harsh lines or to brighten up skin tone. Colors are lightened or saturated to become more vibrant. Bodies are digitally altered to appear more svelte. Cosmetics advertisements are probably the worst offenders — the deception begins before the photographs are really taken. You didn’t believe that the eyelashes celebrities bat at the screen in just about any mascara ad on TV were real, did you? All fake, sad to say.

I guess I’m just jaded by the practice, and I don’t think it’s going to change. I see a photo like this Feria ad, where Bey is practically unrecognizable, and it makes me angry. Of course it does. But then my analytical side kicks in. Call me cynical, but I just see this as one of those cyclical beauty industry sins that only become controversial when it’s glaringly obvious. Respect to Jezebel and Racialicious for wading so deep into the issue, because sometimes I’m like — oh no, not again.

In order to effectively make a statement to the advertising industry that hey — Photoshopping in your skewed, ethnically exclusive perspective of beauty is not cool — consumers have to get to the point where they’re so angry that they boycott the brand, the magazines, everything. That never happens. A comment on that Racialicious thread summed it all up pretty well, IMO — Black Canseco, an industry insider who has a pretty cool blog of his own put the Photoshop whitewashing issue like this: “It’s simply part of the business; and the business does it because it sells; and it sells because the masses of folks prefer it/are comfortable with it/believe this is how it should be.

So now what?

Exactly. Does this kind of thing make you outraged? Do you believe consumers have the power to alter industry-wide practices? I’d love to hear from you all on this issue. Now what, indeed?


Celebrity Make-Up Artist Akua Auset Inspires Beauty

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by sisterspeakonline
Akua Auset Inspires Beauty

Akua Auset Inspires Beauty

Beauty, brains, and business collide in the form of Akua Auset, “fairy godmother to the stars” and successful sisterpreneur. Beauty is her passion and she’s found a way to advance her mission to heal the hearts and minds of women and girls through her fascinating work.

SisterSpeak Online recently had an opportunity to speak with Akua, also a published author working on her second title due out this fall.

Click here to read our EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW now!

Also, experience Akua’s magic and sensational talent below…a true inspiration!

Secret for Glowing Skin & Perfect Make-up for Every Complexion!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2008 by sisterspeakonline

I recently met Ms. Marquita online (below), a professional make-up artist in St. Louis, MO. Her radiant skin and flawless make-up struck me and I simply had to know her beauty secret! Green is certainly her color! This is what she said:

Lovely Marquita in Green

Lovely Marquita in Green


I use vitamin E creme to moisturize my skin. It works wonders! It’s not oily and it absorbs well. The foundation on my pic is custom blended; it was in the kit I purchased at school.

I love M.A.C. cosmetics foundations also; there are several you can wear alone or blend together to achieve the perfect look. I was afraid of wearing different colors on my eyes at first, but when I started playing around with them, I realized there were all kinds of colors out there that complimented my dark complexion.

As for my work, I just look at a face and create…

Gorgeous Marquita in yellow

Gorgeous Marquita in yellow

Thanks Marquita! Keep shining and best wishes for a fab beauty career!

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A Few Beautiful Things…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2008 by sisterspeakonline

We found this eye candy online at Pretty Afrika & Nubian Creations, a mother-daughter business duo based in Chicago, Illinois. Attorney turned jewelry designer Sandra Aya (Pretty Afrika) & her seamstress/designer mother Madam Theresa (Nubian Creations) craft these original handmade beauties fusing traditional African style with modern design elements.

The designs are pretty indeed! Check them out!

pretty afrika earrings large turquoise stone

pretty afrika earrings

Pretty Afrika earrings with red stone

Nubian Creations purse gold

Nubian Creations purse in red and gold