That said, the beauty veteran returned to YouTube on Thursday with a new video titled “A Year Later…,” in which she said she would finally be getting “back to the makeup, back to reviews, back to doing my thing.”According to Westbrook, she came to the conclusion that many of her fans wanted “answers about certain things that have been splattered over the internet,” even though she was initially hesitant to address the drama, which she called “a terrible time” that still “seems to want to follow me everywhere I go.”Related | Shane Dawson Announces His Return to YouTube”When I pulled back, I stopped communication with everyone in the beauty community. I’m talking death threats that were explicit in detail, people saying they were going to hunt me down,” Westbrook recalled. Tati Westbrook is back after a year-long break from YouTube. I haven’t talked to anyone in over a year. However, she later retracted her statements about Charles and instead claimed that Dawson and Jeffree Star had manipulated her into the feud — though both Dawson and Star have both refuted the allegations.Related | Tati Westbrook Says Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star ‘Manipulated’ HerThe entire debacle eventually caused her to announce that she was taking a break from social media in order to “regroup and stand strong.” Even so, the drama didn’t stop coming seeing as how Westbrook and her husband, James, were hit with a serious fraud lawsuit from ex-Halo Beauty business partner, Clark Swanson, who accused the couple of fraudulent inducement, breach of contract and gross negligence. “There were things that were happening that were so appalling.”Not only that, but Westbrook then went on to talk about the lawsuit, before saying she almost got divorced from James amidst the legal battle.”There was no way that I could just come back online and start reviewing makeup and promoting Halo Beauty while there’s this big lawsuit thrown around the internet,” she explained, though she says they’ve since reconciled. I really took a break and I needed to for my peace of mind,” she revealed, also adding that at the time of the controversy her “world was coming to a halt.””During that time, I was getting the most intense harassment. “I needed to wait until the storm calmed to be able to come back and post again.”However, Westbrook said that all of this has forced her to rethink her approach and past involvement with online drama, as well as how she wanted to “move forward” as a “different version of me” — though as some people pointed out, only time will tell.Watch Westbrook’s entire video for yourself, below.Photo via YouTube On the heels of David Dobrik and Shane Dawson’s own return announcements, Westbrook is the latest vlogger trying to make a big comeback after taking some time off to “”work on [herself].”In case you forgot, the social media star was embroiled in some intense online drama with fellow beauty YouTubers, which all started after she accused former protégé, James Charles, of being a shady friend and making predatory advances toward straight men.
My scalp feels amazing, my hair is already growing back. We’ll certainly be buying.Photo via Twitter “As a result of that, I ended up losing my hair and having scalp damage. I’m telling you, this oil has been a lifesaver,” said Brown.Brown’s efforts are just one indication of how far she’s come since her anxious plea for help initially went viral on TikTok, reaching over 240 million views in February and even inspiring a Saturday Night Live sketch. Tessica Brown, also known as Gorilla Glue Girl, recently announced that she’s launching her own hair care line, a natural step after her infamous and viral incident where her hair was stuck in a ponytail for a month. But since then I have been working with professionals to create and formulate a hair growth oil.”The oil’s ingredients include black cumin seed oil, avocado oil and safflower oil which in combination are meant to stimulate hair growth, protect the scalp and repair damaged hair while providing antifungal properties. The joke… https://t.co/hkon53RBO4— mona scott-hung (@morenitoricky)
Still, Brown testifies her haircare oil is a lifesaver, and her supporters commend her for turning an ugly situation into a positive one.”Look at the results, look at my hair. The product is priced at $18 per bottle.Despite Brown’s care in formulating her products, many online are hesitant to buy hair care products from a woman who so willingly applied Gorilla Glue to her hair:
Not the woman who deliberately used Gorilla Glue on her hair coming out with a line of hair care products. The fame and support Brown has received hopefully points toward success on the horizon for Forever Hair. She told TMZ her fiasco with Gorilla Glue inspired her to create products that would provide the sleekest ponytail without the health risks or commitment required of Gorilla Glue.Brown’s site displays edge-control, hairspray and hair-growth oil which were all developed in collaboration with professionals, she told TMZ. She credits her hair-growth oil, specifically, for aiding her in her journey to regain healthy hair.”As y’all already know, about four months ago I ran out of hairspray and ended up using Gorilla Glue spray. After Beverly Hills-based Plastic Surgeon Michael Obeng removed the adhesive free-of-charge, Brown revealed a healthy head of hair last week and is channeling her experience toward her new Forever Hair line.Related | #GorillaGlueGirl Is Finally Adhesive-FreeBrown’s hair care line went live Wednesday on her website where she also sells merchandise donning her viral catchphrase (“Bonded for life” are some of her most famous words). Bad, bad idea,” said Brown.
Insta-influencer videos once reigned supreme on TikTok, but makeup-less, self-deprecating monologue videos have dominated the feed as of late. Just as users began feeling a bit of relief from relentless social media comparison, a demonic glitch in the system derailed the progress.This TikTok “glitch,” so to speak, sees unwanted beauty filters being placed on random creator’s faces without their consent.The bug first began back in May 2021 when mainly Android users noticed their faces were looking slimmer on camera without activating any filters. lol. I’m surprised more people aren’t upset about it.”In the original report for Technology Review, Abby Ohlheiser asked for an explanation from TikTok, only to discover that the glitch had been removed two days prior. @toridawn817
congrats tiktok I am super uncomfortable and disphoric now cuz of whatever the fuck this shit is
Concerned with the potentially harmful effects this glitch would have on users, fitness influencer Tori Dawn made response videos how the filter made her unwillingly conform to unrealistic beauty standards. not a tiktok filter to make ur face fat so you can boost ur confidence when u take the filter off. Although the issue appeared to only be temporary, it’s unclear how many TikTok users it may have affected.In a world where it is already incredibly hard not to give into comparison, slip-ups like the TikTok filter glitch, that may appear minor, make it all the more difficult.Photo via Getty LOL https://t.co/02l0zgDzlL— 💲🤍 (@makeupbyshaniah)
Within no time, users flooded Dawn’s comment section doubling down on how dangerous glitches like these could be for teens on the app: “I almost had a panic attack bc [sic] of it earlier,’ @keithinthe_flesh wrote, while another user, @8o1.lizzy said: “It’s been really screwing with my self image.
“‘It surprisingly was harder to tell you that I wanted to wear my hair different.'”Watch Siwa’s conversation with Mosseri for yourself, below. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adam Mosseri 🌈 (@mosseri) Photo via Getty / The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Related | JoJo Siwa Is Unrecognizable Without Her Ponytail”It just felt like the right time to do something different and to do something, you know, maybe a little bit more mature,” she said, calling it “a little upgrade.” But even so, Siwa said that the bows would still be a “part of [her] life,” before acknowledging that she will “forever” love bows, as “they’re who I am.”She added, “But I just maybe I won’t wear it every day.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) However, Siwa went on to talk about how hard it was to come to that conclusion, revealing that her mom at one point asked whether it was “‘harder to come out to me or tell me that you wanna wear your hair different.'” And her answer? Last year, JoJo Siwa sent fans into a frenzy after (literally) letting her hair down for the first time publicly. That said, it turns out she’s now making the look a little more permanent, even if it was an extremely tough decision for her.Earlier this week, the teen sensation announced that she was trying to ditch the bows after wearing them for “the last 18 years of [her] life.””I just had my 18th birthday and it was right around my birthday that I realized, ‘I kinda wanna do my hair different today,'” Siwa explained during a conversation with Instagram chief, Adam Mosseri, for the company’s Creator Week.
It offers a chance to escape the physical world, where lack of acceptance is glaring, into a utopia of validation and affirming support.This cyber realm is not without danger, though. Below, David Oldenburg and Luke Nugent visualize this for PAPER through a CGI shoot that challenges the traditional production process and features fashion designers invested in escaping our own reality with sci-fi, retro futuristic silhouettes. Photography: Luke Nugent
Creative direction: David Oldenburg and Luke Nugent
Styling: David Oldenburg
Hair: Alex Sarghe
Makeup: Mus Emin
Styling assistant: Marco Bortone
Makeup assistant: Shaquelle Raevon
Hair Assistant: Ula Wunderl
Nails: Kezia Leah
CGI and set production: David OldenburgModels: Tayce (courtesy of Models1), Gartruche (courtesy of iDAL) and Webster (courtesy of D1) Co-existence is mandatory and cannot be fled entirely. The virtual world has become one of the few relatively safe spaces for queer expression, making room to share endless dimensions of our complex realities. Maybe that is why so many of us design ourselves to become post-human, or rather, inter-species with one foot in each world. Shielded by the garish armor of our own making for protection, we forge on with the quest for our true identities.The immaterial journey is infinite, but the voyager is not.
It’s not something as simple as making sure you’ve put moisturizer on for the day. Their products are not only amazing for me, but they truly reach such a wide audience which I know will continue to grow into a wholesome and well-loved brand.KarishmaWhat’s something people who have never experienced your skin condition would be surprised to know or don’t know about what it’s like to live with it?I think the one thing I’d like people to know who have never had to deal with eczema is that it is not just a dry skin condition. I could go on and on but I need people to know that just applying e45 isn’t the solution to our problem.How were you able to come to terms with your condition and overcome any obstacles you’ve had to endure?I was always tired of not seeing the representation we as a community deserve and pushing for more inclusivity, especially as a dark skinned South Asian woman, is something that I am very passionate about and always pushing for in all sectors. They gave me modeling opportunities which helped with my self-confidence and to become an active skin campaigner.MillieWhat’s something people who have never experienced your skin condition be surprised to know or don’t know about what it’s like to live with it?Surprisingly, my confidence in my body image, character and relationships with others has really been amplified whilst going through my journey with psoriasis. I can go to sleep with a clear face and wake up a few hours later to new patches out of nowhere! So my support system, who come in the form of my best friends and the online eczema and TSW community, really gave me the confidence to put myself out there especially on social media where your appearance is held to such a high unrealistic standard and has made me realize that beauty will forever and always be more than skin deep and made me see real beauty that isn’t just on the outside.How has Bodewell helped you on your journey to self-improvement and acceptance?I am so grateful for platforms like Bodewell, who not only provide products for people which chronic skin conditions, but also allow us to have a voice and spread awareness. My confidence goes up every time I shoot with Bodewell and I feel motivated to challenge other brands to shoot and include atopic skin.BrisèisWhat’s something people who have never experienced your skin condition would be surprised to know or don’t know about what it’s like to live with it?I think a lot of people would be surprised to know psoriasis is not contagious in any way. It can be quite a debilitating condition to deal with. I no longer feel dependent on medication and I’m happy with myself with or without a flare. He thinks this approach can also benefit others.More directly, Bodewell has developed (alongside CPG powerhouse P&G) treatments that they refer to as “next generation medicated skincare”: plant-technology powered, scientifically-tested and proven, unique anti-inflammatory mechanism of action that hydrates, stops itching, repairs skin barrier and prevents future flare-ups. Its ultimate mission is to de-stigmatize skin conditions and build a supportive community around those on their healing journey, which is often inextricably linked to self-love and self-worth.The brand’s co-founder, Jamie Duff, suffered from severe eczema for 30 years and launched Bodewell as an answer to the struggles he faced. MichelleWhat’s something people who have never experienced your skin condition would be surprised to know or don’t know about what it’s like to live with it?The fact that my skin reproduces at the speed it does! How has Bodewell helped you on your journey to self-improvement and acceptance?I have been campaigning for brands to shoot atopic skin since 2017. Skin is for function — touch, temperature regulation, process pain. They’re an amazing company that genuinely care and really help me and the other girls to embrace our skin. My skin condition realigned me to my true creative purpose — modeling and painting. In regards to obstacles, I’ve had to get used to my skin getting more sore and flaky over the last couple of years but it’s something I am learning to come to terms with. Bodewell opened my eyes to different ways of healing my skin. There is a silver lining in everything. Being able to not only have your say, but also listen and hear others who you can relate to has massively helped. The creams and serums have become staples in my regime and I’ve definitely stepped up my skincare game to the next level. It’s so much more than that. It’s always having to worry about the weather conditions and if we’ve prepped our skin well enough including having to make sure we have all our cream and medicines in our bag if we know we’ll be out of the house for longer than 5 minutes. It’s being terrified to have a shower because the water feels like knives on our skin. We have to cater our whole lives around our skin. It was important for me that brands — particularly dry skin and atopic skin brands who include their target market in their modeling campaigns — understand our lived experiences and not sell unrealistic dreams of perfect skin to those living with chronic skin conditions. There’s also a personalized digital and mobile program that supplements the products and supports customers through their journey. Bodewell has championed skin representation and created opportunities for me as a skin model. Our largest organ keeps all our other organs safe.How were you able to come to terms with your condition and overcome any obstacles you’ve had to endure?Self acceptance. Knowing that even though we still have a long way to go with gaining social acceptance and inclusivity, they are helping pave the way for so many of us warriors and are helping make a happy healthy change in the way we see beauty and skin conditions.Photography: Issey Gladston I felt dependent on prescription medication. I put 100% into hiding something about myself simply because I didn’t want to make other people uncomfortable, but I finally got to a point where I needed my comfort to be more important than those of other people. Living with my plaque psoriasis can be very sore and itchy, but it’s taught me a lot of self-confidence.How were you able to come to terms with your condition and overcome any obstacles you’ve had to endure?Instagram helped me a LOT with coming to terms with my skin condition. This program draws on co-founder Jamie’s own experiences.To capture the overlooked beauty of chronic skin sufferers, Bodewell launched an ongoing portrait series named Skincare For the Rest of Us, where it highlights real sufferers on their own terms. In the US alone, eight million people have been diagnosed with psoriasis, while over 30 million have eczema.But even though these skin conditions (there is still no known cure) are relatively common, the psychological effects take a considerable toll on mental health. It’s the constant itching that never ends and feels like you can never do enough. If I didn’t have it, that would mean a flare up and there was no way I could allow that. It’s debilitating and, depending on the severity, life altering. I needed to put myself first for once.How has Bodewell helped you on your journey to self-improvement and acceptance?Bodewell helped me to let go of the fear of not being on medication. According to a National Eczema Association study, participants were three times at a higher risk for depression or anxiety, while 50% said their conditions interfere with their social life and intimate relationships.When it comes to skincare brands that are focused on helping people who suffer from these skin conditions, they are underwhelming both from a product perspective, and a human empathy perspective.Bodewell, a medicated skincare company tailored to people with eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin, has set out to change this status quo. Another classic favorite of mine is having a brush and dustpan on standby for the morning when it’s time to get all my fallen skin from scratching all night off the bed and off the floor.How were you able to come to terms with your condition and overcome any obstacles you’ve had to endure?I got to a point where hiding it was no longer an option — it was draining physically and mentally. My skin progressed slowly over many years, but with it my confidence also grew. It’s always worrying about skin infections due to this. We usually hear stories relating to the negatives to having a skin condition which is just as important, however, my perspective on other aspects of my life has really changed for the better!How were you able to come to terms with your condition and overcome any obstacles you’ve had to endure?Growing up since the age of 9 with psoriasis being an extremely sporty young girl, I’ve almost been forced into dealing with my skin, but it wasn’t until lockdown 2020 (the time of my worst flare up) that I was literally left to do nothing but look at myself daily and learn to accept, love and nurture my skin with every itch of itself.How has Bodewell helped you on your journey to self-improvement and acceptance?Seeing the large community that was built by so many inspiring people be celebrated by a brand like Bodewell, particularly having all-women shoots, is extremely refreshing and comforting. This article is a sponsored collaboration between Bodewell and PAPERFor people living with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis (and compromised skin), the journey to self-improvement and acceptance can be a long and arduous process. I now understand that I’m on a journey with my condition and it’s not one I need to rush.BethWhat’s something people who have never experienced your skin condition would be surprised to know or don’t know about what it’s like to live with it?It is surprisingly beautiful, the way in which it inhabits certain areas of the skin, in the most fascinating accumulation of patterns is quite amazing.How were you able to come to terms with your condition and overcome any obstacles you’ve had to endure?Self-acceptance and patience. In this special editorial feature shot by Issey Gladston (an eczema sufferer herself) the portraits celebrate the scars as a visual tale of strength, perseverance, overcoming adversity and embracing self-love.AramideWhat’s something people who have never experienced your skin condition be surprised to know or don’t know about what it’s like to live with it?Human beings are preconditioned to prefer that which is aesthetically pleasing, so naturally a skin condition attracts attention because it looks different. You never know what you will get with psoriasis. How has Bodewell helped you on your journey to self-improvement and acceptance?Bodewell has helped me massively to embrace my skin and also to try new things, such as the photo shoot, that would normally be so outside of my comfort zone. My own personal experience has reminded me that skin is not an aesthetic. I only ever truly accepted the Michelle who would occasionally have clear skin from time to time but flare-up Michelle was difficult to love. Accepting how you have been created and navigating it to the best of your ability is the first step to overcoming. However, learning the skill of self-acceptance and love for oneself helps to overcome those debilitating obstacles.How has Bodewell helped you on your journey to self-improvement and acceptance?Bodewell offered me a community where I felt safe to discuss my skin condition and tips on living with a skin condition. It’s the painful tears and cracks as our skin is so sensitive that just a touch will have it crumble. Over the years he explored holistic treatments such as vedic meditation, yoga, yogic breathing and cognitive behavior therapy that all take a more human-centered approach to the inner and outer effects of the origins of these inflammatory skin conditions. I think a lot of people are surprised when they realize it can be quite sore/painful and can even impact common everyday tasks like sleep.
But her biggest ever viral moment came with the surprise pregnancy (and birth) reveal of Stormi Webster, her child with Travis Scott, in 2018. While the grid’s still blank, Jenner tagged the account in a new post of Stormi that appears on her own grid. Where were you when you heard?Related | Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die FollowingNow, it would appear that Jenner is using her young mom cred to add baby products to her burgeoning beauty empire. Kylie Jenner is famous for many things: being a billionaire, being maybe not a billionaire, fillers. We’re excited to see what Kylie and Stormi come up with!Photo via Getty Kylie insiders would have seen a baby brand coming. As Page Six notes, other trademarks include “Kylie Swim” and “Kylie Hair.” We’re obviously already living in the millennial pink world of Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin.Related | How Kylie Jenner Became a Middle Eastern MemeIt’s kind of surprising that the KarJenners haven’t launched any baby lines previous to this one, given how many cute young kids they have in the brood. As Page Six points out, there’s now a verified @KylieBaby account on Instagram. Jenner filed a few Kylie Baby trademark applications last year, for not just cosmetic products but also cribs, strollers and baby clothing. It was a moment!
Uzi has yet to talk about the apparent removal, but in the meantime you can see a screenshot from JT’s posts, below.#LilUziVert took out his $24 million forehead diamond. At the time, Uzi tweeted that he had been saving up for the 11 carat rock for 4 years so he could have “a lot of M’s in my face.” However, it now appears that he’s gotten the hefty gemstone removed for unknown reasons.Related | Lil Uzi Vert Got a Pink Diamond Implanted on His ForeheadRecently, fans noticed the stone’s conspicuous absence after Uzi’s girlfriend — City Girls star JT — posted a series of photos and videos of him to her Instagram Stories. 👀 pic.twitter.com/gX4QjDzcGL— No Jumper (@nojumper) June 1, 2021 Photo via Getty / Tim Mosenfelder Lil Uzi Vert may finally be done with his infamous forehead implant.In case you forgot, the “XO TOUR Llif3” rapper got a $24 million “natural pink diamond” placed on his forehead this past February. And though it remains unclear where exactly the diamond went, rumors about its removal have been swirling around since the musician’s April Calvin Klein campaign.
(@TheHarryNews) May 28, 2021 Photo via Getty / Theo Wargo In the meantime though, you can see the document itself, below.Harry is listed as a director under a new company, for perfume and cosmetics, as of May 25th. The document is apparently for a company registered as Pleased As Holdings Limited and lists Harry as the “director” alongside his long-time personal assistant, Emma Spring.Related | There’s a Candle That Smells Like Harry StylesThat said, the initial discovery was made by @TheHarryNews stan account, which somehow found the newly formed company in the UK Company Directory. Granted, while there’s no further information on what specific products he’ll be hawking, fans have already begun speculating that Pleased As could include a unisex makeup and/or polish brand, given the singer’s love of a good mani.Make up for men maybe— twinkletoes x (@Jwosam) May 28, 2021 HARRY NAIL POLISH I BEG— nikki! MCC DAY (@SMPxVOL6) May 28, 2021 And of course, a few more fans said they hoped the perfumes would include olfactory nods to his favorite Tom Ford scent, while other just jokingly referenced the time he said his signature fragrance was “boxers and briefs.”I cant wait to buy his perfume, hope it smells like vanilla— lulusun (@lulusun28) May 28, 2021 are we getting the “Boxers or briefs” fragrance then??— dia but the ‘d’ is silent (@diaratchel) May 28, 2021 -“What perfume are you wearing?”-✨”Boxers and briefs”✨— ♡✧*:･ﾟAngelSueᴴ*:･ﾟ✧♡ (@more_berries_) May 28, 2021 That said, Harry has yet to publicly comment on the filing. The company is named “PLEASED AS HOLDINGS LIMITED” as of now 👀 pic.twitter.com/m3R5w5CPfp— Harry Styles Updates. Watch out A-Rod, because Harry Styles could also be coming out with his very own beauty brand.On Friday, US Weekly reported the star’s name was listed on a new trademark filing for a “perfume and cosmetics” business.
It became like a really Japanese environment at home. My parents are immigrants — they came as refugees from the Vietnam War — and they came here to make a better life for themselves. We’ll always have different points of view, but at least we care about each other more than hurting each other.The teapot and tea I have today is from my parents’ wedding ceremony. Even though it comes with greater complexities, exploring those nuances is not only a way for me to make sense of certain horrors, it’s also a way for me to expand my empathy and understanding for matters encompassed with shame.For me, taking pride in my identity means claiming freedom — the freedom to embrace my values and stand up for myself and my community in an effort to push the world closer towards a place where everyone is afforded their right to safety, love and belonging.Some names have been changed for privacy reasonsPhotography: Michelle WattCreative Direction: Edward Yeung & Eda YuStyling: Heji RashdiMakeup: Peter PhungHair: Darine SengseevongHair Assistant: Carol ChoiFlorals: Moon Jar DesignSet Design: Edward Yeung & Michelle Watt How do we reconcile finding our own cultural identity with the societal pressure to assimilate? It was interesting because, I don’t know — I didn’t really realize I was an outsider. But I’ll never forget — and I don’t think my mom will either — how badly they made her feel for simply being Indonesian. Growing up, I just wanted to be American. When I come back home, they often ask, ‘Oh, when will you find a real job?’ I love my family, and I don’t blame them because I know the hardships they have been through. “It’s an honor just to be Asian.”At the 2019 Golden Globes, actress Sandra Oh said those words after winning the award for Best Actress for her role in “Killing Eve.” In a country where our inherent identity — where our mere existence as Asian Americans — has long felt like a liminal space, it was a rare moment where I felt whole and seen as myself, free from any in-between.In the last two years, as anti-Asian and xenophobic sentiment has risen in response to COVID-19, it has also brought Asian American identity to the forefront of the national conversation. But what is a real job? But at the same time, it’s more important than ever for us to show the multiplicity of our identity — to challenge these perceptions — and to underscore the sheer diversity of our traditions, backgrounds and heritage.Just as Sandra Oh said, the honor of being Asian is not something that we have to earn, or something that this country can ever bestow upon us or take away. It feels impossible to know the true potential of what we can be without being aware of our unique role in this country: As Claire Kim writes in The Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans, Asian Americans operate in a space of being perceived as perpetual foreigners — while simultaneously positioned on a scale of racial hierarchy as “superior” to Black communities and “inferior” to white ones.Throughout history, our community has tried to shift that position upwards by buying into the white-dictated ideal of ‘superiority’ — overrepresenting our wealthy over our working class, or our ‘successful’ immigrants over our undocumented or refugees to gain privileges that come with proximity to whiteness. You just have to take the sacrifice for it.”Ruby LeeRuby (she/her) is a Hongkongese American multidisciplinary creative based in Los Angeles.”I don’t think most Americans understand the difference between being from Hong Kong and being from China. As I progressed, I got my first job, but eventually, I wanted to do my own thing. I view success as achieving your goals and being the best you can be. Is there any safety or belonging left when you could instantly be disappeared for defending your freedom, your family or your livelihood?I think many Americans have trouble relating to this because they have so much freedom of speech with little consequence. When my family would fight, that would come out, even my grandparents didn’t accept my dad for a while because of his nationality. And then going to the States, people are like, ‘Oh, she’s not really Black — she only eats Japanese food and speaks Japanese.’ So it’s this limbo — like, where do you go? My parents moved here from Hong Kong and had a lot of complications having me, so I’m actually an in vitro baby. Hearing that internally in my family like, ‘Oh, Laos is not as nice as Thailand’ or ‘Lao people are low-class’ — having those things in your head while trying to be okay with yourself and who you are was something I had to grow into.I don’t know if we’ve truly overcome it, because even now, they’ll talk about different regions or countries, like the north of Thailand versus the south part of the country. She is now based in Los Angeles, CA.”It’s an ongoing internal struggle for me of being mixed Asian being Chinese, Thai and Laos, especially when seeing the classism between races. But I felt like in my intuition that we’re gonna have a breakthrough, so I just grinded. My father is Lao, and my mother is Thai and Chinese. She moved to Los Angeles on November 2, 1999. I have a very predominant voice, and I like that about me. They think you’re just visiting, tourists, or just military kids.Plus, when I was a kid, I would get so tan in Japan. I think all of those things have come together and helped me understand the uneasiness that I always felt growing up, but I could never put my finger on.”Peter PhungPeter (he/him) is a Vietnamese American visual artist based in Minneapolis specializing in makeup, photography and art installation.”I always knew I was very artistic. It’s symbolic of their love, which is very traditional. I want it to be more than just representation. But when they divorced and I grew up with my white parents, I just never spoke it as much around them. Because I used to understand Vietnamese, and I used to understand a little bit of Spanish. Because my mental health struggled a lot, so I don’t know where I would be.”Sammy CantuSammy (he/him) is a Vietnamese and Mexican actor, model and stand-up comedian originally from San Diego, CA.”My parents divorced when I was six. And she would always get upset with him whenever he played in the house. I was born in Okinawa, so I had dual citizenship because I was born on base in Japan. It’s something that I wish they could be more sensitive to or just aware of. They made me feel like I belonged there. Now, I like being unique. When the word “Asian” spans 48 countries and 2,300 languages, how can we possibly come together?Related | #ProtectAsianLives Celebrated Queer Asian CommunityAnd, as Asian American after Asian American was attacked this year, there’s also the question I’ve turned over most in my head: At what point do we as a people stop asking for this country to grant us honor — to grant us belonging — and take pride in simply being who we are?For me, finding the answers to those questions begins with understanding the history of Asian identity in America. I’m proud to be Hongkongnese — I feel that my identity allows me to see the world with greater empathy. Now, because I didn’t wait till 2021 to start my acting career, I’m already here — people know me. I’ve wanted to be like her my whole life. I was able to push and believe in myself, even when I didn’t have their full support. I’m proud of who I am now. I think there’s something there with colorism, too, because you have the darker-skinned South Asian side — I just felt I never felt like I fit in with my family, because I was never Korean enough. It’s been so long and hard for me to come to terms with my sexuality, so I felt like paying homage to their love because that’s ultimately what I’ve always wanted.”Mika WareMika (they/she) is a Black and Japanese visual artist born in Japan. We still celebrated Lunar New Year every year on my mother’s side — my mother is Vietnamese and my dad is Mexican — but once my parents divorced I didn’t get to be around [my Vietnamese culture] as much. Or I was never Pakistani enough. I didn’t even know I was coming. As I was growing up, I didn’t know that art could be a career. When people would ask me what I am — I still do this — I’d say Thai or Chinese before Laos, just because people don’t know what Laos is. I would get called that word a lot when I was in school, or when I would see other kids and we would try to be friends. But once I stepped out of that environment, it’s like, ‘Oh, people are going to not even realize that you’re Japanese.’ Even if you’re walking with your mom down the street. And I’ve rarely ever seen her make a mistake. My dad was stationed in Okinawa due to the military, and he met my mom overseas. It’s hard to imagine why people would want to diminish that pride.”Nicole Solis-SisonNicole (she/her) is a DACAmented creative director, visual artist and educator born in the Philippines. I remember being so discouraged. They currently live in Los Angeles.”My mom is from Okinawa, Japan and my dad is from Arkansas. They are also co-founder of collagen beverage brand Crushed Tonic.”My dad’s whole life is about having a family — it was his main goal in life. They remarried white people. I think if that wasn’t passed, I probably would — to be honest, I don’t know. The erasure of so much of our community is, of course, largely rooted in white supremacy; it’s caused us to yearn for assimilation — to appeal to whiteness — rather than honoring who we actually are.Related | Protect Our Elders: A Movement Against Anti-Asian HateAfter a year of increased anti-Asian sentiment and violence, celebrating being Asian American can feel more difficult than ever. What, exactly, does it mean to be Asian in America? I felt very pressured into higher education, because that was the only thing that could lead to a viable career in their eyes. So that’s been tricky to navigate, because I do identify as non-binary, but it just took me so long to accept that — or even just to realize that — and that’s something that I revisit often.[My mom’s rejection of my femininity] was absolutely really hard for me because I idolized my mom so much. That’s why I like projects like this, this is something I get very excited about, because I get to be in touch with my culture and I want to learn more about it, too.I remember when I first wanted to do acting back in 2014, I was at work. I began to feel more connected with my Black identity in college, but at this point, as long as my family makes me feel at home, it doesn’t really matter what other people say — that’s what really matters to me.”Heji RashdiHeji (she/her) is a Pakistani and Korean American stylist from San Antonio, TX currently based in Brooklyn, NY.”Growing up, it was very interesting to be mixed South Asian and East Asian. It’s crazy because even between our own communities, there’s so much colorism and classism, and I really don’t think we talk about that enough or do enough work to change it.It’s just crazy because I’m so proud of being Indonesian — I love being Chinese, but I connect to the warmth and vibrancy of my Southeast Asian culture in a whole different way. So they’re always like, ‘She’s not Japanese, because she’s so dark.’ There’s this word in Japanese that means foreigner, but in a derogatory sense. Throughout my childhood, some of my favorite memories were the summers my mom and I spent in Bandung and Jakarta, buying layer cake off of street vendors and using a plastic bucket to pour water over myself as a shower. When I was younger, my mom was always scared I would be transgender. It judges people’s physical appearance, like associating them with not being Japanese. But I think when it comes down to it — and this goes back to the background of how much they cared about me, how hard they tried to have me — at the end, they always just love me. Because when you see an Asian man, I don’t want people to think like, there’s a certain way you have to be, I just want younger Asian boys to know you just have to be yourself.”Darine SenseevongDarine (she/her) is a Thai, Laotian and Chinese American hair stylist born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. They support me in a way that’s loving, but at the same time, it’s hard because for them, money equals success. I was supposed to have a twin, but my twin died in the womb. Oh, so you’re Chinese.’ It’s such a privileged oversight for these Americans to so easily sweep that difference between Hong Kong and China under the rug. I know they want the best for me. And now that more roles are available for Asian men, I’m already being considered for them.You know what’s funny — especially as I look back at it now — I think I was discriminated against in a way, like I was always looked down on as being a quiet, softer man. But that lack of distinction ignores that people in Hong Kong are censored, at risk of being disappeared or illegally detained, or can have their business shut down at any time. And fewer still know that the wage gap in our community is partially created by US immigration policy, which only allows for political asylum for refugees or visas for educated, upper-class Asians. That was like my only exposure to Blackness. It’s very expressive and very beautiful, but my mom hated the sound of it. Our dynamic is totally different now, and we all really have grown beyond that to show love and mutual respect for each other. About six months before we migrated, we were basically on lockdown and quarantine, fearing for our lives, because people were out to kill us — I had to stop going to school in second grade because there were [assailants the government supported] trailing me in school and trying to find out where I lived and where my parents were. I can listen to them, and say, ‘OK, you’re right,’ and just wait until people put Asian people on TV, which would have been like last year or something. I think one day we’ll be able to see eye-to-eye. But even though we were with our extended Indonesian family, I noticed folks often stared at me because of how different I looked from everyone there. She is a new asylum grantee.”My migration story is centered around my family fleeing the Philippines, because of government corruption directly towards my family. ICE detained my parents: They came to where we were staying at, like, four in the morning — I didn’t even know they were gone. Because Asian men are known to be quite passive, and I want to break that stereotype. When my dad came home that day he was like, ‘Pack up your stuff, we’re going to Disneyland.’ We didn’t have any papers. But that was really hard because I was coming to terms with my identity. And I was like, I have two choices. Retaining their distinct identity is a fight to stand up for these values — but what happens when the world refuses your identity? To me, you should have goals and ambitions, regardless of the sacrifices you need to make along the way.Right now, they’re still on the fence about it. They even came into my house and tried killing my parents in front of me.[Since] we have family in the United States, my dad with the help of his brother, booked the tickets overnight, and we left the Philippines. And I overcame that. They say, ‘You’re from Hong Kong? I told my friends, but they all looked at me like, ‘But they don’t put Asian men on TV.’ They all literally all said that unanimously. And since he was away for work, we never really saw his family — I only knew one aunt who stayed in Oakland. We transitioned from being undocumented to having a court case to be asylum refugees.Then, when the DREAM Act passed federally, I could obtain a driver’s license, a work permit and approval to go to higher education. A lot of the time, the two are often at odds with one another culture-wise. I wanted to be more creative. I feel like, you know, now that we’re all mixing everything up by dating across races, we should accept who we are. I moved to the US when I was six or seven, but I spent all my years before in Japan. Moving out to California was actually a pivotal moment in my career. In my early 20s, girls would always say, ‘Oh my God, you’re so cute — for an Asian.’ As I got older, I felt that they were still calling me ugly for some reason. So that’s all embodied in me.When I went to college, I was about to pursue art education because it was a bit more stable, but I ended up choosing graphic design as a major. He broke the rules, released them and gave them a contact for a lawyer. For being darker, or not having the same socioeconomic status. And living under one roof with parents who have very different ideologies, different beliefs and different ways of living was something that I felt I always had to reconcile — how do you reconcile such two such different cultures into one body, one mind, one soul?When my parents were still together, my dad would play his classical [Pakistani] music, which is very loud. Rather, honor is something ingrained in our identities — we are always carrying it with us, just as who we are.Below, a diverse cast of Asian American creatives share stories that honor their heritage and identity, conceptualized by Eda Yu, Michelle Watt, Edward Yeung and Heji Rashdi.Eda YuEda (she/her) is a Chinese and Indonesian writer and journalist born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.”In a lot of ways, it was really difficult to grow up both East and Southeast Asian, especially when I was so close to both sides of my heritage when I was young. But those actions — alongside harmful stereotypes perpetuated by the model minority myth — fail to recognize the complexities of our identity in this country while pitting us against other BIPOC groups: They flatten what it means to be Asian American into a singular image and narrows the scope of the “Asian American struggle” to a wealthy, light-skinned, East Asian perspective.Even now, few people know that Asian Americans have the highest income inequality of any group in the US. It really changed my life. But there, it’s really noticeable because of my lighter skin tone and more Chinese features — especially when I dress in a Western style.On the other hand, I faced an opposite experience within my own family too — where my grandma on my father’s side didn’t really accept my mom for some time. That’s when my entire life shifted, and I went to school at 23. She’s the matriarch of our family. Anytime I looked a little bit too feminine, she would call it out. I didn’t want to sit in the office all day, working on someone else’s dreams. [Because of that], I put a lot of extra pressure on myself to be really perfect. To the average [non-Asian] American person, it might not be obvious that I’m even mixed Asian. Anytime anybody needs anything, she’ll take care of it. So it’s really hard to hear whenever I try to resemble her, and she thinks that it’s too feminine. We overstayed our visas, and then ICE was following us because the Philippines government basically had a warrant for our arrest. My parents told this specific ICE agent the truth, about what’s happening, why we’re here, and he basically bought my parents time. My family knew that as well, but they were always more concerned about how I’m doing in school. And it was just this odd feeling of being in limbo and not being able to see myself on either side.But in the time that I’ve grown, I’ve become more connected to my identity, what it means to be Asian American, what it means to be Pakistani Korean American, and what it means to be Heji. I like having a unique name, and I’m proud of my ethnicity like I never was before.”Edward YeungEdward (they/them) is a non-binary Hongkongese American creative director based in New York. Hong Kong celebrates democracy, freedom of speech and individualism. But also because people think it’s a smaller, less-developed country and not equal. Because my grandparents were so warm and accepting of me. Where do you fit in?My dad went to Iraq, so me and my siblings got really close with my mom.
This is true for many Americans where their psychological, safety and love needs are lacking due to many circumstances and even more so relevant today.Their story has always served as inspiration but with therapy and working on my own secure attachments, I realized that I internalized those messages in sometimes unhealthy ways. I never really spoke a word of it out loud to friends and certainly not family. All these experiences, in the name of vanity and belonging, never brought me closer to who I was.Until I worked at MAC Cosmetics at the local mall. They were so timid about my going to therapy and my mother was especially worried about telling a “stranger” aka my therapist our “secrets.” This is also the time where I learned to tell them that I know I needed help and that therapy was the only way to get out of this. And acknowledge it very much is a privilege to leave a stable life to wander about. My dad likened going to therapy as going to any other doctor, you break a bone they fix it. In college I joined an all-white sorority and donned the polo shirt, pearls while tying hair ribbons in my bleach blonde hair from root to tip, without a second thought. That means not only do we avoid using hormone-interrupting ingredients and gross things like sulfates, parabens and formaldehydes, we also incorporate ingredients that can actually bolster your mental well-being.”At SELFMADE, we emphasize feeling whole, over feeling accepted.”And I’ve been asked, is this a marketing tactic? We don’t live in silos, so why should this very important thing be?More so, our bodies are very much connected with our emotions. One that I overcompensated for by being loud or pushy. What’s the underlying connection?To make mental health as visible and routine as our products are. Learning emotional vocabulary is the first step in engaging with our mental health journey.”I wanted to make Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+ feel like everything you’d feel in a secure relationship. It was the best decision I made.I had the privilege of traveling around the world for a year — 11 countries and 16 states. It’s not often we see a brand come into the beauty space with a clear goal beyond just creating products. We inflict pain on others when we feel pain.”Unfortunately, in high school, with a bit more money allocated to looks and highlights, I actually became the bully. It was my first time creating intimate relationships with people who had similar experiences to me. Yeah it is — we are building a movement to upend harmful, white-male centered messages from the beauty industry — that certainly involves marketing! After quite a bit of convincing, my parents reluctantly agreed to join me in therapy. With the launch of our Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+, we provided customers tools to explore and understand their attachment styles. Just trying to survive each day takes a lot of energy — emotionally, physically and mentally.Then on top of all of that, in the past year we’ve seen many significant forces collide — from COVID, and its disproportionately negative impact on Black and Brown communities, to renewed attention to America’s systemic racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and, more recently, the spate of attacks against AAPI Americans.Any one of these triggers would be enough to impact our mental well-being but, taken together, the effect is really significant. It was the first time I ever felt like I belonged because I was no longer feeling misunderstood.Given the world we live in and experiencing it as a woman, I didn’t know how much my anxiety and depression were manifesting into reckless behaviors, couple that with my sexual assault it felt as though I lost all control. My lack of mental health and avoidance of my emotional self led to a crisis. Also, the hardest relationship to date!I was devastated to move to North Carolina in grade school, and quickly became an outsider given the way I looked. It was thinking about these disparities, particularly in the access to mental health resources, that spurred the team and me to start SELFMADE and to launch the CommonRoom to democratize access to mental health tools and emotional wellbeing resources.Tell me about your hero product: Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+.It feels like a hug for your face for real. Emotions are a weakness and that I must act stronger than others in order to continue to overcome obstacles no matter what.Teen years are hard for everyone. We want to give you tools, resources and a community to do so.What are your thoughts on how COVID has amplified or even uncovered some mental health struggles that people across the world are facing?We know mental health issues in communities existed well before the pandemic. Chronic stress can lead to increased levels of cortisol, our body’s main stress hormone — also known as our “fight or flight hormone” — that works with parts of our brain to control our mood, motivation and fear. How do I take the tools that people get inside a therapist’s office and bring them to the real world and make them accessible to all people?”What made you feel the importance of tying mental health to beauty/ skincare products? To the industry’s benefit and bottom line.With that I left the corporate world to travel the globe solo and hear from women about their experiences about their own self-worth and emotional wellbeing. A true skin-deep ethos.From a trip around the world to discover her passion, to working with the Obama administration, Lee had quite the journey before developing SELFMADE. We inflict pain on others when we feel pain. Searching for ways to validate my worth and that’s something I think of often nowadays. I found we all experience the same emotions: loneliness, sadness, excitement, joy, doubt and it’s actually that sameness is what connects us all.That’s when SELFMADE was born.You have travelled all across the globe. It should be as connected to our lifestyles as seamlessly possible, not only in a doctor’s office, journal or your iPhone. With this global trauma where we’ve been forced to sit with ourselves in isolation, confronting our mortality and feeling the range of human emotions, it’s a lot!! Without tools or resources, I turned to work and the goal of getting out of college as quickly as possible to feel in control where I had none. Where have you been?Technically I did a bit of a U-turn. She was a woman that never left the house without being polished, to the point of even being overdressed for the occasion. As I navigated a deep depression and anxiety from this personal crisis, I embarked on a painful yet enlightening journey in therapy. The common signs of stressed skin are dryness, dullness, irritation, premature aging (fine lines and wrinkles), texture and blemishes and increased sensitivity (skin feels raw, burns easily from low barrier function).We encourage our community to build meaningful rituals into their lives — little moments throughout the day where you can focus on an activity, behavior or routine that bolsters your physical and mental well-being and offers a respite from your normal responsibilities. Only recently have we begun hearing buzz words like “self care” truly used as intended, while the global wellness industry tries to address adverse mental health affects brought on by the pandemic.However, while larger beauty brands have only just begun discussing these topics, SELFMADE’s foundation was created with the blend of wellness and beauty in mind. I want it to be on your vanity, shower and nightstand. We shame others for the exact shame we feel inside. Stephanie Lee, founder of SELFMADE, a budding skincare line that merges mental health with beauty, is here to change that.The beauty industry is often credited as being a major catalyst for mental illness spurred by unrealistic image standards. Others before myself, always. I learned representation is key as a WOC to see the boundaries we can push and aspire to grow to. I remember subconsciously, dumbing down my “beauty” and appeal in order to seem less attractive to predatory men and essentially just shut that part of my life down.How did your career start after college, and what led you to create SELFMADE?I worked as a field organizer on the Obama presidential campaign in Virginia. At 20 years old, I stood in a packed room listening to a stranger talk about this candidate of hope, while surrounded by an older Black woman in her Sunday church hat, unruly college students and stood next to a white dad holding the hand of his young son. I also realized as a WOC I didn’t have the same tools, resources or community around my emotional wellbeing as some of my white or affluent friends. And I blossomed in a superficial way: I paid more attention to what others thought of me, rather than how I felt about myself. I remember always looking up to her, begging to try on her lipstick while sitting atop her bathroom vanity or hiding in her closet to try on her heels. I spoke words to them I had never said before. Learning emotional vocabulary is the first step in engaging with our mental health journey. Each product ties back to a different mental health concept and, to that end, we have launched the Common Room, a digital platform that provides mental health tools and resources. They provided a life where, at 15, I was learning how to drive my own car and at 18 I was figuring out which prom dress to buy.Because of their trauma of war and being torn from their sense of secure attachments, family and their country, they could only focus on surviving. I thought to myself, “if someone can pull together folks as different as this from so many backgrounds, then I will do whatever I can to do this work.”Upon joining the Obama Administration, after deferring my admissions into a Masters program, I quickly moved from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the White House staff of the First Lady Michelle Obama. Going to therapy and reckoning with my mental health forced me to put a mirror up to my relationship with my family. When we are excited, we get goosebumps, and when we are nervous our hearts pound. After managing teams across the world and working with the Air Force, Secret Service and the Nikes and Walmarts of the world, I opted for something that felt more creative.”Leadership comes from people who care…You don’t have to look a certain way or come from a certain background to make an impact.”In 2014, I transitioned into the prestige beauty industry as a product developer at the global brand MAC Cosmetics in New York City. Read on as we discuss all things mental health and her success.Tell me about your upbringing and your career path that ultimately led you where you are today in the beauty world.I’m the oldest of three kids, born to two refugees from the Vietnam War. From a beautiful water break that fills your skin up with instant hydration for loved up skin, our star active ingredient helichrysum italicum is proven to lower cortisol levels for ultra-comfort and tame stressed skin, and helps to rebuild the moisture barrier for protection — wear alone or take advantage of a beautiful polymer that gives a slight grip and bounce as a primer for your favorite makeup.Modeled off of the psychological concept of secure attachment styles — when you’re secure emotionally, you radiate confidence, possess self-awareness and approach relationships (with self and others) from a healthy place where it is comfortable to give and receive love.This is especially important for our overall health and at SELFMADE our foundational development principal is that our mental and emotional state affects skin and body function. Yea it is — we are building a movement to upend harmful, white-male centered messages from the beauty industry — that certainly involves marketing! These are muscles we need to identify, strengthen and maintain. And that’s exactly where I was in my “ugly duckling” story. I made it to New Zealand, and something in the universe called me to Sri Lanka. Too many people either still lack insurance or don’t have adequate insurance, contributing to disparities with both physical and mental health. I won the DNA lottery, I could be these young women that stand in front of me serving me pho on the side streets and it spurred in me the question “What do I do with that privilege? He was confused why I wasn’t “fixed” yet.”Whether that’s gua sha, going about your skincare routine, meditation, exercise or even taking a minute to linger over your morning coffee, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of seemingly “small” moments in our day to pause and improve our mental health.”The thing with Asian families though, is that we are fiercely loyal. I think that’s where the seed of my love for beauty came from: my mom. SELFMADE has also made it a priority to work with Black and WOC beauty developers and Black mental health experts to develop the debut product, our Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+. This coupled with the internalized beliefs translated into keeping my shame about loneliness and ultimate desire to just be accepted and belong a secret. Of course, over the past few years, more and more beauty brands have touted “unretouched, diverse bodies, flawed skin” as a means of marketing, which feels inauthentic at best and pandering at worst. Similarly, during the past year, this study found that Black respondents had the highest average percent change over time for anxiety and depression. I visited my homeland for the first time, Vietnam, where I visited my dad’s childhood home. It was there I felt belonging again as one of the most diverse and young Administrations to date. My dad went on to become an electrical engineer after completing college, while my mother went to trade school and became a hairstylist. Whether that’s gua sha, going about your skincare routine, meditation, exercise or even taking a minute to linger over your morning coffee, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of seemingly “small” moments in our day to pause and improve our mental health.”Our foundational development principal is that our mental and emotional state affects skin and body function.”In developing Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+, we strove to not merely create skincare products but to create new rituals that can provide a moment to pause, reflect and check in with yourself — to take a beat in the midst of a busy day.Mental health is not something commonly discussed in households with first generation immigrant parents, especially during formative years as teens. In middle school, I was relentlessly picked on and bullied and without wanting to worry my parents, I just kept it to myself.”We shame others for the exact shame we feel inside. In the case of Michelle Obama, I saw how powerful fashion and beauty can be used to connect and create needed discourse. Especially when you look like no one else around you. It didn’t feel safe to tell my parents about being bullied or my sexual assault because I was afraid, they would think of me being weak.While going through my adult mental health crisis, I was so worried about bringing shame to my family. The coping mechanisms that we engaged in may not even exist anymore, or we’re saddled with new ones, healthy or unhealthy. And knowing we are a work in progress is powerful.The deeper I investigated mental health and beauty the more I found systemic racial issues from generational trauma, epigenetics to even just access. She didn’t care. But what I saw while working in the beauty industry and working on my mental health was that — while I’m trying to improve my self worth, the messaging and beauty standards are in direct conflict with it. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t pretty but being able to learn with my family had healing ripple effects across all my relationships.Photos courtesy of SELFMADE There are studies that found that people who identify as AAPI are searching for mental health resources more than ever before, jumping from 9% in 2019 to 16% in 2020. I was terrified to have their approval of using therapy for a tool and breaking a “code of silence.” But it was there I learned to listen to my parents and everything they wished for me. My parents worked super hard and learned English but essentially existed in survival mode for most of my life. See people live their lives, hear their lived experiences, experience their humanness and see yourself in their stories. When they were 15 and 18 years old, they were alone on a fishing boat in the middle of the sea, struggling alone in refugee camps and came to America over 40 years ago. By bringing these topics to discourse and in the palm of your hand, we are kick starting that progress. There, I learned that leadership comes from people who care. With our Comfort Serum+ we address skin stress, when we are affected by internal and external elements. The pursuit of self worth is not a solo game it’s a call to engage with humanity. We’ve engaged mental health professionals of color to provide insights and advice into the connection between emotional and physical wellness and how this link can be incorporated into the product. None of these are true, but I recognized them as core beliefs driving my thought patterns, behaviors and ultimately my actions: in order to have value, it is based on my accomplishments and what I can give to others. Tell me about your experience.As a Southeast Asian kid of immigrants, my parents escaped poor neighborhoods of Vietnam. How do I take the tools that people get inside a therapist’s office and bring them to the real world and make them accessible to all people?”What was the most important takeaway from your journey?My largest takeaway was the power of empathy. Things didn’t get any better when I had to wear glasses, and as sometimes the only Asian girl in my classes it was notable that I stuck out like a sore thumb. That you don’t have to look a certain way or come from a certain background to make an impact. And to our target stakeholders, Gen Z’s focus on mental health — 72% say managing stress and mental health is their most important health and wellness concern.On top of all this, America still suffers from a broken healthcare system. Our newest product, True Grit resilience scrub, launching at the end of this month, will tie into themes of resilience.”What do I do with that privilege? I was always crying off my mascara and tear stained cheeks; it was worth it. But for extra impact, we created 21 days of programming with our mental health experts — called the Common Room — that is completely free with purchase in order to emotionally skill build. I had never felt a sense of urgency and purpose to make change in the name of progress as I did when I went to my first organizing meeting. All of our products are made with good-for-you ingredients and rooted in credible emotional health sciences. Secure Attachment Comfort Serum+ is a multi-use skincare, self-care and priming supercharger and was developed with our mental health experts.”And I’ve been asked, is this a marketing tactic? The experience was unexpectedly emotional and added to my immense sense of privilege. I learned patience and empathy at the same time they learned to listen for my needs and to stop fixing things for me. It comes to us when we take a closer look at the relationship with our self and others. Increased cortisol can lead to a number of health problems, including signs of skin stress.At SELFMADE, we emphasize feeling whole, over feeling accepted.
North Korea is cracking down on trends indicative of a “capitalistic lifestyle.” According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, Kim Jong-Un has officially outlawed skinny jeans, mullets, branded t-shirts and some types of body piercings, amongst other signs of “anti-socialist behaviors.” All of this reportedly comes on the heels of North Korea’s state-run newspaper saying that young people are beginning to dress more Western and claims that the resulting impact could see the regime falling “like a damp wall.”Related | Reintroducing the Mullet: You Wanted It Back, You Got It”We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalistic lifestyle and fight to get rid of them,” the paper said, also adding that “history teaches us a crucial lesson that a country can become vulnerable and eventually collapse” if it doesn’t “hold on to [its] own lifestyle.”Not only that, but in addition to mullets, the state has also apparently banned 15 other types of non-“proper” hairstyles, such as dyed and spiked hair, per documents issued by the Socialist Patriotic Youth League — a.k.a. North Korea’s self-appointed “fashion police.” See Yonhap’s original report, here.Photo via Getty / Edward Berthelot
I love the super carved out brow and yet again another staple red lipstick. we love to see it. Heat Spell Bronzer & Highlighter DuoLiquid Eye-Lie-Ner in “Punk”Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon in “Mastered””Born This Way”This one is truly iconic. Grab your pencils, girls, gays and theys, because it’s time to take notes — and watch my latest SNATCHURAL video with Patrick Starrr. I love a red lip on Gaga (and clearly she does too). 1: GLAM”Edge of Glory”Okay, so Gaga clearly loves her red lips and bold graphic liners! The true star of the show though are these prosthetic pieces in her forehead and cheekbones. Liquid Eye-Liner in “Punk”Lip Pouter Velvet Lip PigmentGlam Room Palette No. Of course, she tops it off with her iconic red lip. I love the bleached out brow paired with this smudged black shadow. When Gaga then launched Haus Labs, this same rebellious spirit carried over into her beauty line. It’s giving e-girl, but make it high-fashion. Four-Way Shadow Palette in “Afterhours”Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder in “Biker”Rip Lip Liner in “Doll””Judas”Another graphic liner moment that I’m obsessed with! Notice how unlike the previous makeup looks, the edges of her eyeshadow here are softly feathered, but still keep that bold effect. Obsessed. Eye-Dentify Gel Kohl Eyeliner in “Punk”Four-Way Shadow Palette in “Poolside”Le Riot Lip Gloss in “Entranced””Marry the Night”Last, but definitely not least: Gaga’s iconic look from “Marry the Night,” where she glances upwards at the dance studio before leaving to go dance atop a burning car. “Born This Way” Album ArtTbh, this is my favorite Born This Way look photographed by Nick Knight. The faux beauty mark really adds to this look. I’m also loving this frosty 2000’s style lip and gloss. It’s been 10 years since Lady Gaga gave birth to Born This Way, her Grammy-nominated and chart-topping second album full of queer dancefloor anthems, iconic visuals and boundary-pushing live performances. I truly think Gaga was ahead of her time with the geometric liner and bold shadows. Fun fact, this is actually my favorite Gaga song and video of all time. I think it really brings out her features so beautifully. I love the super sculpted contour used for this look paired with a warm red lip. Shop Haus Labs, below. For her lid, she has a smudged — but still thick and sharp — black shadow paired with a heavy lash. PAPER is celebrating its cultural impact by hearing from some of Gaga’s closest collaborators, experts and fans.Lady Gaga’s Born This Way era had — in my opinion — some of her strongest makeup moments. Shop Haus Labs, below. Shop Haus Labs, below. Related | Beauty Creators Imagine Looks Inspired by ‘Born This Way’Below, we break down some of our favorite looks from her Born This Way era, featuring 14 shoppable Haus Labs products to achieve Gaga’s glam. She gave us everything: Full throttle liners, vixen lips, sultry shadows and more. But back to the makeup: Here, she was EONS ahead of everyone with the fox-eye TikTok trend by connecting her liner at the inner corner. Le Monster Matte Lip Crayon in “Mastered”Four-Way Shadow Palette in “Everyday” Liquid Eye-Lie-Ner in “Punk” Eye-Dentify Gel Kohl Eyeliner in “Punk”Sparkle LipstickLe Riot Lip Gloss in “Werk””Yoü and I”This soft nude lip paired with a deeper rose liner on Gaga is so stunning and really draws us to her eyes. She’s also rocking a bleached brow, which is all the craze right now, and it makes her eyes pop. Shop Haus Labs, below. However, for this scene from the video she’s kept her signature under eye liner look, but made the line thicker. Gaga has a sharp brow with a wing at the end going downwards — super edgy and chic. The bleached out brow paired with this bold black shadow is… Shop Haus Labs, below. She topped her lid with a smudged glitter shadow… They really pop and contribute to this overall alien-esque vibe. Shop Haus Labs, below. chef’s kiss.
@urgalsal_@pastelae@hatti_rees@caemonae@firstname.lastname@example.org@ankkh___@officialshigo@froglady444@weirdoluis@laurelcharleston@sterlingtullnyc@email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@brandan.c0m@themisstoto@seanetc PAPER is celebrating its cultural impact by hearing from some of Gaga’s closest collaborators, experts and fans.The Born This Way era birthed some of Lady Gaga’s most iconic beauty moments, from Rick Genest’s skeleton-inspired faces in “Born This Way” to the graphic black eyeliner worn in “Judas” and the rainbow-hued hair colors that seemed to change with every single performance. For the project’s 10-year anniversary, PAPER asked some of our favorite beauty disruptors — from Cae Monāe to Laurel Charleston and Hatti Rees— to create and submit looks inspired by Gaga’s sophomore effort. Related | The Psychedelic Subversion of Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ VideoLike the album’s “perpetual rebirth” described by writer Greg Mania in his essay on the album, Born This Way beauty similarly existed in a “constant state of transformation” to reflect our own infinite, frenetic identities. It’s been 10 years since Lady Gaga gave birth to Born This Way, her Grammy-nominated and chart-topping second album full of queer dancefloor anthems, iconic visuals and boundary-pushing live performances. And its cultural impact has been profound, ushering in an era when beauty is not only booming, but more expressive and lawless than ever.
And though the sports giant is a notable fan of Lopez’s face masks, who knows if he’ll be making his own at some point. But until then, you can grab a Blur Stick for $22 via www.forhims.com.Check out A-Rod’s post about his new project, below. After all, as Hims & Her co-founder and CEO Andrew Dudum went on to add, the Blur Stick is meant to help normalize skin-focused makeup for men by “breaking through stigmas and addressing ’embarrassing’ topics head-on.” “To some guys, a few pimples or razor burn might seem like no big deal, but for many it’s something that can really weigh on their self-confidence and there weren’t many viable solutions out there to address that,” Dudum said. “I’m so grateful to be working with Alex on bringing this product to life and I think it will help a lot of people feel more comfortable and confident in their skin.”The concealer is Hims’ first foray into male makeup. According to a press release, the product is meant to round out the pre-existing Hims skincare routine which consists of creams for wrinkles and acne. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alex Rodriguez (@arod) Photo via Getty / Jim McIsaac “I realized as I was jumping from meeting to meeting, I needed something quick and easy in my routine to conceal blemishes or razor bumps.”Related | It’s Official, J.Lo and A-Rod Are No MoreMarketed as a “sleek, discreet” and “convenient” concealer that’s “specifically designed for men,” the Blur Stick is available in eight different shades and formulated with luxe ingredients such as aloe extract and jojoba oil for long-lasting and skin-nourishing coverage. Alex Rodriguez is officially getting into the makeup game.On the heels of his breakup with fellow beauty mogul Jennifer Lopez, the ex-baseball star debuted his first makeup collab with beauty and wellness brand Hims & Hers: The Blur Stick.”I wanted to create a product that solved an issue I faced every day,” Rodriguez explained in a recent Instagram post. The company was also one of the endeavors A-Rod and J.Lo invested in together last year, though his ex-fiancée recently launched her own namesake beauty and skincare line.