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Why IT Cosmetics Challenging The Beauty Industry To Be More Diverse Is Absolutely Ridiculous

It’s absolute lunacy.

@bufferingbetty 

I have a question for Jamie Kern Lima. How did your images of beauty impact our mothers and our sisters, and how did they impact our daughters? What did you do with the power that is you? 

Founder of IT Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima, accepted the CEW Achiever Award and gave an acceptance speech which has gone viral. Kern Lima told the story of how her brand came to be. Despite being rejected by an investor who doubted she could sell beauty because she is overweight, she kept going. As a plus size girl myself, I felt empowered by her success! I did! She proved that age and weight cannot define beauty. After the success of IT Cosmetics, the body shaming investor emailed Kern Lima and admitted he made and mistake and congratulated her. That was some real fat girl vindication right there! 

Jamie Kern Lima goes on to challenge the beauty industry to change the images they use to market their products. As a consumer, I think she is right. I am so tired of false images of women being used to build onto my insecurities so they can sell products. I do want to see women like me, to see women like my friends, and people in my family to be the faces of the beauty industry. Kern Lima said, “I believe the most beautiful women are real. We come in all shapes. We come in all sizes. We come in all different hair textures, all skin tones. We come in all ages.” She wants the beauty industry to realize that the lack of diversity causes people to feel less about themselves. She ends with: "How will these images of beauty impact your mothers and your sisters, and how will they impact your daughters? ...What will you do with the power that is you?”

IT Cosmetics is pushing for diversity? The company who carries 7 shades of foundation. The shades that range from fair to medium. The company who carries 5 shades of light foundation and 2 shades of sorta brown -but on a day when you feel sick -shades of foundation. That is the company who congratulated itself for being diverse. The company that asked brands to look at images of beauty they put forward and change them to bring forth diversity. Jamie Kern Lima gave a speech about having a successful company because of the unique marketing tactic of featuring before and after images of real women. The thing is, ya’ll really left out a ton of real women.  

What actually happened, is that IT Cosmetics showed other beauty brands how successful a company can be without women of color with darker skin tones. That the exclusion of women with skin that is deeper than tan is worth a $1.2 billion acquisition. 

IT Cosmetics did not revolutionize the beauty industry. They capitalized on their target market. When you think of who buys IT Cosmetics, what comes to mind are women in their 40s, moms, small business owners, and executives. They sell an image of success. That is who they believe their consumers aspire to be. Their makeup isn’t glitz and glam. IT Cosmetics is neutral, it’s work wear, it’s great skincare. Let’s look at Urban Decay for their marketing and who their target audience is. Urban Decay is edgy, young, daring, and fearlessly colorful. Hiring actor Ruby Rose to be the face of their Vice Lipstick launch fit their mold. Ruby Rose embodied the UD image. That image is who their shoppers aspire to be. IT Cosmetics made their mold. Who fits in it and who doesn’t. They used target marketing to become successful. They didn’t have to spend money on pulling in different types of consumers. 

Jamie Kern Lima spoke about the models they hired and images they used highlighting real women. There was age diversity but that’s about it. IT Cosmetics didn’t need to hire young models because young makeup wearers don’t fear fine lines. They didn’t use editorially thin models because the average middle-aged woman is not supermodel skinny. IT Cosmetics doesn’t make complexion products for darker women. Dark women of color were not part of IT Cosmetics image of success. Or at least that is the message we received. 

Furthermore, the names they give their foundation shades are deceptive. For their foundation Confidence in a Compact, IT Cosmetics labeled the darkest shade 'deep.' However, the description of the shade is "rich tan." Deep or tan, it can't be both. 

(  source  ) These are 5 of 7 swatches of their Confidence In a Compact. As someone with a medium-tan complexion, I don't believe that of the shades a brand has available, that I should be able to use the deepest.

(source) These are 5 of 7 swatches of their Confidence In a Compact. As someone with a medium-tan complexion, I don't believe that of the shades a brand has available, that I should be able to use the deepest.

It’s astounding that IT Cosmetics sends PR packages to dark-skinned bloggers with the hopes of being featured for some low-cost advertising. They have the audacity to request PR from people who can’t even wear their complexion products. Here is the difficult spot beauty bloggers often find themselves in. Speaking up to defend themselves from a brand could mean missing out on getting PR. Those PR packages mean we can create for our followers without breaking our budgets. While as a blogger, I am grateful for any PR from any company. But never will I stay silent when something is as unconscionable as the exclusion of women of color. 

Women of color matter. We deserve to feel and be seen as beautiful. We should see ourselves represented in waves, not in puddles. Never doubt that we have the courage to speak up for ourselves and each other. You can not speak about diversity while excluding darker women.

In an interview with Allure, Jamie Kern Lima was asked if she received any backlash since her speech has gone viral. This was her response:

“Every time you do something brave in life, it always comes with haters and critics, and of course anytime you are fearless and speak up against the status quo, the same thing happens.”

It’s not ‘hating’ when you tell someone that you matter. If you truly believe in your message, you would not fear a critic. It’s not brave to be successful while excluding an entire population. And you did not stand up against the status quo. You were right next to them the whole time. 
 

See Jamie Kern Lima's full speech here. 

What are your thoughts? Has IT Cosmetics done enough to challenge the beauty industry on diversity?

Beauty Horoscope: Aries 2017

 

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Alright, Aries. It's time to add fuel to the element that burns in your soul. Fire fills you with energy. So should your beauty rituals. Reds will emblazon your competitive nature. While most will find red to be an intimidating color to work with, you can draw inspiration from it. The warmth of reds connects you to Mars, your ruling planet. Often you rely on makeup techniques that are comfortable to you. But in the season of Aries, you must be bold. This Spring and Summer, draping blush will be everywhere. It is a throwback to the 80s. With a light fluffy brush, apply your blush high on your cheekbone. Sweep the color into your crease, temple, or brow bone. Here are some product recommendations and beauty inspo for every Aries. 

Top Beauty Picks for Aries


Skincare

Sk-II  Facial Treatment Essence - Limited Edition Red Butterfly; $299.00

Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence - Limited Edition Red Butterfly; $299.00

J. One  Black Jelly Pack; $47

J. One Black Jelly Pack; $47

Sunday Riley  Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil; $90

Sunday Riley Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil; $90

Aztec Secret  Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing; $11.49

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing; $11.49

Tatcha  Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream; $150

Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream; $150

First Aid Beauty  Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay; $24

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay; $24

Boscia  Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Deep Hydrating Clay; $15

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Deep Hydrating Clay; $15

IT Cosmetics  Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream; $32

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream; $32

Lush  Dream Steam Toner Tab; $2.95

Lush Dream Steam Toner Tab; $2.95

L'Oreal Paris  Pure Clay Mask: Exfoliate& Refine Pores; $12.99

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask: Exfoliate& Refine Pores; $12.99

Clarins  Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil; $26

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil; $26

Origins  GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream; $30

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream; $30

Beauty

Glam Glow  Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray; $32

Glam Glow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray; $32

Yves Saint Laurent Les  Sahariennes Bronzing Stones Sun-Kissed Glow in Fire Opa; $55

Yves Saint Laurent Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones Sun-Kissed Glow in Fire Opa; $55

Anastasia Beverly Hills  Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette; $42

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette; $42

Bite Beauty  Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Gold; $22

Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Gold; $22

Bobbi Brown  Art Stick Liquid Lip in Uber Red; $28

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Uber Red; $28

Static Nails  All In One Pop On Manicure Kit: Red Bottom; $38

Static Nails All In One Pop On Manicure Kit: Red Bottom; $38

NARS  Soft Matte Complete Concealer; $30

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer; $30

L'Oreal  Infallible Lip Paint in Taupeless; $7.99

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paint in Taupeless; $7.99

NARS  NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette in Unfiltered I; $59

NARS NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette in Unfiltered I; $59

Make Up For Ever  Aqua Liner Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Iridescent Red ( brink red sheen ); $23

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Liquid Eyeliner in 10 Iridescent Red (brink red sheen); $23

Lancome  Juicy Shaker in 166 Walk The Lime; $22

Lancome Juicy Shaker in 166 Walk The Lime; $22

Clinique  Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Bodacious Black Honey; $17.50

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Bodacious Black Honey; $17.50

Art for Aries

Milky Way by Liaison Erotique print available  here

Milky Way by Liaison Erotique print available here

Aries by Musya print availanle  here

Aries by Musya print availanle here

Aries I by Ayannaniamabi Art print available  here

Aries I by Ayannaniamabi Art print available here

Info on Aries from here

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