Worldwide Beauty Fact – Force Feeding In Mauritania

Mauritania forced feed women

Ed’s note: Today’s post comes from our contributor Andrea Reitano.

Some time ago, a friend of mine began a “plus size” modelling gig. She was really proud of herself and was eager to become a role model for girls of all ages to be comfortable with their own body shape. I have a lot of respect for her wonderful attitude, but the thing is she’s a size 10.  Size ten equalling “plus size” is a cultural perception that our society has concocted. However, there are many countries that see us as nuts for revering slender bodies. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to mention just one – Mauritania.

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An Ethical Guide To Buying Cosmetics

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We lead busy lives and researching every item in the supermarket would be exhausting. Thankfully The Ethical Consumer Group has done the work for us. Their Shop Ethical guide is a comprehensive look at thousands of companies and where they stand on issues such as deforestation, carbon footprint, child labour, palm oil, price fixing, misleading information and more.


A quick squiz on their site revealed they have called for a boycott on beauty companies including L’Oreal and The Body Shop. It got me thinking about where my favourite brands stood on the list.

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Worldwide Beauty Fact for May

Ed’s Note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.

Mehndi is a paste made from powdered dried leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia Inermis). The henna plant is believed to bring love and good fortune, and protect against evil. Henna also has cooling properties and henna art is sometimes used to help cool the body.

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Worldwide Beauty Fact – Origins of Lipstick

Ed’s Note: This post was written by contributor, Kate Derrick.

The Origins of Lipstick

It is thought that lipstick was first invented by the women of Mesopotamia around 5000 years ago. Mesopotamia covered what is modern-day Iraq, northeast Syria, and parts of Iran and Turkey. Mesopotamian women would crush up stones and apply them to their lips. Women of the Indus Valley Civilisation (Pakistan, and parts of India, Afghanistan and Iran) also used lipstick. Of course Cleopatra was not to be out done; the ancient Egyptians made their lipstick out of a dye from a seaweed, iodine, and bromine mannite – it made them quite sick. All in the name of beauty! It is said that Cleopatra, avoiding the aforementioned toxic blend, made her red lipstick form crushed carmine beetles and ants, beeswax, and sometimes some fish scales for added shine. Ewww.

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Worldwide Beauty Fact – Long Hair On Native Americans

Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.

For Native Americans long hair signifies great or strong spirit, and knowledge. The hair is considered an extension of one’s thoughts. Traditionally Native Americans would cut their hair only at times of mourning, a way of honouring their spirituality. Cutting hair at a time of mourning could signify that one’s spirit had been reduced by the death of the loved one, but in time the hair would grow long again as the spirit would be rejuvenated.

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Worldwide Beauty Fact – Fair Skin In Japan

Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.

In Japan it is considered beautiful for a woman to have fair skin.

This admiration of fair skin has a long history. Historically it was a sign of social status. The wealthy could afford to spend time indoors so had fairer skin, whereas the working class spent a lot of time working outdoors and so were more tanned.

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Worldwide Beauty Fact – The Padaung Karen Hill Tribe

Karen Hill Tribe North Thailand

Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.

The people of the Padaung Karen hill tribe live on the border of Thailand and Burma.

Women of this tribe begin wearing brass neck rings from the age of five. They add rings to give the appearance of long necks which is considered a mark of beauty.

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