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Model Philomena Kwao on being black in a makeup chair: “They’re almost afraid to touch me”

  • Plus-size model Philomena Kwao, who recently appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, is on a mission.
  • She wants to make sure no one forgets just how hard it is to be a black woman and in need of some quality makeup.
  • In a recent video for i-D, Kwao speaks with the model Iman about the struggles of being a black model in a makeup chair.
  • And of working with makeup artists who are clearly clueless about how to deal with darker skin. Read more

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Ashley Graham just got her own Barbie — thick thighs and all

Ashley Graham was presented with her very own Barbie doll at Glamour’s Women of the Year event on Monday evening. Graham was very hands on in its creation, even pushing for the doll to have cellulite. Although cellulite is difficult to render in plastic, Graham did make sure of one detail that would make the doll especially realistic to her.