If you’ve ever wondered who Cosmopolitan’s magazine’s main demographics were, a recent beauty article may answer that question. Cosmo decided the best way to capture what’s out and what’s in – when it comes to beauty- was to do side-by-side pictures of celebrities and models.
But here’s the kicker. The ‘outs’ were all Black women. The ‘ins’ were all white women. And needless to say, Twitter called the magazine out:
— jahlani jamilah فلو✨ (@JahlaniLUV) April 1, 2015
— Habesha Nayele (@heavensdesign8) April 1, 2015
— Serious Black (@NicT10) April 2, 2015
And this is why representation matters. Cosmo obviously did not see the err in their ways because they have not released a faux-pology. You’d think an editor or even one of their Black beauty editors would have noticed an issue with the editorial, but obviously they didn’t.
And for the record, all of those “outs” are “ins”.