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Cosmo used white models for ‘gorgeous’ trends and some black models for trends that ‘need to die’

It’s causing a real stir online, as you can imagine.

IT WAS WRITTEN nearly three months ago, but that hasn’t stopped a Cosmopolitan beauty article from being criticised for being racist in the last 24 hours.

’21 Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015’ was published in January, and the fact that it exclusively used white models to signify the trends that are gorgeous has sparked controversy with some.

In all 21 cases, the ‘gorgeous’ model was white


With five examples of trends that ‘need to die’ featuring women of colourcosmo3

This has caused some to call for a boycott of the fashion magazine

With accusations leveled at it that the content is unfair to women of colour in the fashion industry

But many were quick to defend the article – which has nearly 90,000 shares – to say that the fuss is over nothing

This "note from the editor" was posted on the article page and tweeted out by the magazine this evening:
This article focuses on beauty trends with images that represent those trends. Some images have been taken out of context, and we apologize for any offense. Celebrating all women is our mission, and we will continue to work hard to do that.

- David Elkin

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