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Real beauty doesn’t need to be retouched Beauty Featured 

Real beauty doesn’t need to be retouched

(Conversation) -The giant global photographic agency, Getty Images, has announced it plans to ban retouching of images of models “to make them look thinner or larger”. The move follows a change to the law in France that requires images where the “body of the model has been modified … to either slim or flesh out her figure” to be accompanied by a “photographie retouchée” label. These are groundbreaking developments which could be incredibly important, not just for the fashion industry, but for generations to come who may no longer grow up with unrealistic expectations of how their bodies should Read More

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Double standards and derision – tracing our attitudes to older women and beauty Beauty Featured 

Double standards and derision – tracing our attitudes to older women and beauty

World (Conversation) – Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, is a rare example of an older woman in the public eye who has attracted praise for her appearance. At 64, Macron is 24 years older than her husband, but her healthy figure and youthful style of dress saw her described in Vogue as “rock ‘n’ roll”. While Macron is admired for her penchant for leather pants, women regularly face policing of their clothing and cosmetic choices once they reach the age of 30. Ageing only brings about further restrictions, with few older women who cultivate their appearance successfully Read More

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7 videos show how beauty standards evolved over 100 years in different countries Beauty 

7 videos show how beauty standards evolved over 100 years in different countries

Following in the footsteps of Cut.com’s 100 Years of Beauty series, filmmakers in several countries of the former Soviet Union have made their own videos documenting the history of women’s fashion in their respective corners of Eurasia, helping to perpetuate a well-celebrated global meme.

Among the countries that once constituted the underbelly of the Russian empire, inspiration came first to Kyrgyzstan, a country of six million people in Central Asia’s mountainous and comparatively water-rich east.

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