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Racist Beauty Standards Pose Chemical Hazards


by Rosie Narasaki

Yet another sign of racism and inequality comes to you from your cosmetic cabinet. According to a new research published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women of color have higher concentrations of beauty product-related chemicals in their bodies than white women do.

“And water is wet,” you might be inclined to say in reaction to these findings. That response is in no way shaming this vital research which puts attention on important issues of inequality. Rather it’s a sad knee-jerk reaction to unfortunate, angering, and expected racial injustice in our society — and especially in the beauty industry.

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