November 17, 2021
General News

‘The New Beauty’: Kari Molvar’s history of beauty trends — and the politics that shaped them

Written by Leah Dolan, CNN

From an ancient Roman anti-wrinkle cream recipe to the 12th-century “Trotula,” a set of medieval manuscripts with formulas for skin care, hair dye and perfume, the desire to make ourselves more presentable — and even attractive — stretches back through history. And rather than embracing the subjectivity of beauty, societies have instead categorized and quantified these elusive qualities into prescriptive beauty “standards.”

These standards respond to the shifting political and social landscapes — and they continue to change with the times, according to beauty and wellness writer Kari Molvar.

“So much about how beauty is being defined right now has a political undertone to it,” she said in a phone interview, noting how both the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements have inspired responses from the beauty industry.
In her forthcoming book, “The New…

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