Cosmopolitan is under fire. Recently, the holy grail for fashion tips is receiving backlash for using black models for beauty trends that “need to die” and white models for trends that are “gorgeous.” Their ‘beauty-focused trends’ feature compared old, ‘dead’ looks with fresh and ‘gorgeous’ new ones — and used only white models to showcase the on-trend fashions, while the only women of color featured were all said to be off-trend.

Of course, people took to protest on Twitter, because many felt a bias against women of color.


Frankly, that’s just stupid. Pretending to live in a world where one race is superior is straight-up offensive. I don’t care what level you think you are — that is never okay.

So for that, here are four beauty trends in 2015 that I hope are here to stay:

1. Bold lip color:

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@michaelkors for the night supporting @godslovenyc

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2. Winged eyeliner:

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ARRRRR @davidlopezhair @sjblife @joshrotten

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3. Big hair #TeamNatural:

Simplicity. “Gorgeous:”

4. Solid colors:


Yellow, yellow, yellow:


Now, a Cosmo editor issued a note.

It read:

A note from the editor: 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.


Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) was instrumental in propelling the online campaign — so thank you for bringing this to the attention of the world.

  • Essra is an activist with a passion to inspire and instill confidence in others. She recently graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Psychology. By establishing her fashion blog, Valessie, in 2012, she has a means to express feelings and emotions in a creative way.