The Prevalence of Orthodontics and Aesthetic Demands among Thai women

Why don’t you choose to wear braces to enhance your teeth? You would look better after getting your braces off!  You should find a way to reduce the size of your face! ... Read more »

Too dark skinned to win Strictly: Alexandra Burke, race hate and why love still matters

As it is currently Black History Month, it seems a good opportunity to revisit this brilliant post from Shirley Tate from 2018.  In 2017, I was approached by a fashion editor on... Read more »

Objective Ageing?

 We are interested in ageing in material objects and in people. Norms of beauty are relevant here; beauty is persistently associated with youth and newness and this has affected our relationship with... Read more »

Sweatshops and Shame

With claims that the recent rise in coronavirus cases in Leicester was partly due to ‘sweatshop’ working conditions in some textile factories, we revisit Maeve McKeown’s post from 2017 on this issue:  Should... Read more »

Beauty without the Beast: Can we learn from Lockdown?

As lockdown eases in the UK, we are returning to the hairdresser and beauty salon in droves. In our visual and virtual culture, beauty matters. So desperate were we to cover our... Read more »

‘Strong, thick and shiny’: a story of hair and beauty ideals

With hair salons closed in many countries under lockdown, reports say there is a boom in “bootleg home-visit haircuts“. We revisit this lovely post from Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra in 2018, exploring the significance... Read more »

“I can’t believe you don’t have a thigh gap”: #everydaylookism and why we should be ashamed to body shame.

Fat shaming is the most prevalent type of body shaming – so common that some argue it’s OK, ‘it’s for your own good’, or suggest that it should make a comeback (like... Read more »

Body Image in Lockdown

In a world transformed by coronavirus, some people might think talking about body image is inappropriate. When our lives are stripped back and we are focused on survival, to think about measuring... Read more »

How the duty to be beautiful is making young girls feel like failures

You may have read the recent Observer article about how “the ‘tweaked’ look is becoming the new normal” – Heather Widdows was writing about this back in 2017 with a post that... Read more »