Women and girls are being pushed out of beauty contests and cosmetics brands.
Many are opting to stay in the community and be a part of the “community”, the Al Jazeera crew’s Sara Ali has heard.
We are being told that we should wear makeup because we’re ugly and that if we do, we’re a disgrace.
These are not just ideas but reality, Ali told Al Jazeera from the US.
The beauty contest industry has also grown in the past decade, with beauty products now dominating the market.
The biggest beauty products brands are now owned by women.
In 2018, the biggest beauty companies in the world were owned by three women: L’Oreal, Make Up For Ever and Estée Lauder.
A new movement is emerging, called “beauty feminism”, to fight back against the beauty industry.
In the US, the movement has gained momentum, gaining traction on social media and in the beauty world itself.
But the movement is not just a woman’s fight.
It is a battle for the soul of women’s beauty.
Ali, who is now an executive director of the New York-based group AHA, a global body for women’s health and beauty, said beauty feminism was a fight that was not just about beauty but for women and women’s bodies.
“This is a fight for women, for all women, not just beauty,” she said.
“It’s about our bodies, our health, our beauty.
Beauty is about being beautiful.
We’re all beautiful.”
The fight is not only about beauty.
Ali said beauty has been hijacked by beauty corporations, which are using it to sell products, including cosmetics, and have become a marketing tool for brands.
“I think beauty is the biggest barrier to access to the beauty products, because we have all these products that we’ve heard about but we’ve never actually seen,” she told Al-Jazeera.
And that’s what the beauty community is fighting against, because they’ve been trying to control it and to control what women are looking at.””
It’s also used to make cosmetic products that are all about high-maintenance products and high-scent products, that aren’t actually going to make our skin glow, and they’re not really going to be effective.”
And that’s what the beauty community is fighting against, because they’ve been trying to control it and to control what women are looking at.
“Ali said the beauty contest is part of a larger struggle for women.”
We need to start thinking about what it means to be a woman, what it is to be beautiful, and what it says about us as women,” she added.