• The Bizarre and the Beautiful

    The Bizarre and the Beautiful

    Dorothy Baca teaches students about the artistry and social meaning behind the decorated human body. by Valerie Roybal With paint, cosmetics, clothing, and jewelry; by reshaping, resizing and sculpting; in permanent and temporary fashions; with beautiful or bizarre effects, people throughout human history have sought to adorn, enhance, and alter their bodies. “From culture to

  • The Global Beauty Report: Focus on Asia

    The Global Beauty Report: Focus on Asia

    by Lubna Khalid Founder of REAL COSMETICS, Color for Women of Color New York, 14 June 2000 I wanted to start today by telling you the story of three women. First woman: Young Indian girl. Hates her skin color. Thinks she’s too dark. Refuses to play outside because she’ll get darker. Second woman: African-American, Can’t find

  • What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror?

    By Monica Mehta Monica Mehta is an active member of Saheli in Austin To my dismay I have noticed that, many of my South Asian peers have been purchasing and reading American “Fashion Mags”. One can’t escape most bookstores or grocery stores without passing the many colorful covers with glamorous faces and images reflecting the American ideal

  • Black Beauty

    Black Beauty

    They stare at us from the tops of skyscrapers, the sides of buses and bus stops. They entice us from behind boutique windows, pixilated TV sets, and the glossy pages of magazines. They smile, they pout, smoke cigarettes, drink beer, all the while holding their perfectly sculpted bodies poised just so. Our idols teach us

  • Ascension


    This poem is a tribute to the Mexican women of the Mariposa Ministry who, by the grace of God, have risen up to affirm their worth, dignity, and feminine sexuality in the face of so many wounds and obstacles. The vignettes are true, for them and for so many women with disabilities around the world.

  • Beauty, Feathers, Fur, and Fashion

    by Michael Sones Nature has always caused severe anxieties in man. It is beautiful, it is a source of bounty, but it is also unpredictable and dangerous. It can kill in an infinite variety of ways ranging from the bite of the spider to the ferocious winds of the hurricane. Even today, despite our power