The Hashtag Opposing Normative Beauty Standards

Open letter re: Trump's election.

When it comes to promoting inclusive beauty standards and body image, social media often does more to harm than to help.  Viral beauty hashtags and diet challenges made popular this year (remember the collarbone/quarter trend?) have been problematic to say the least, but the 'challenge' on everyone's feed today is finally about celebrating something other than normative ideas about female beauty.

The #baldandbadchallenge has encouraged women with buzzcuts to share their photos and take pride in their short hair.  As we discussed earlier this year, the female buzz cut has been gaining popularity this year - often as an independent, feminist-spirited statement.  Looking back to art history and historical depictions of femininity, even up to present day supermodels and actresses, long tresses have traditionally been considered more 'attractive' or at the very least, 'normal.'

Obviously, we disagree, and if there is anything that this viral challenge proves, it is that bald is definitely beautiful, and femininity isn't static.

Images via @flemmoo and @meccanismsofme

Read more: Read Linh's essay about the badass return of the female buzzcut, and then get inspired to cut your hair short too.

Tia Elisabeth Glista is the founding Editor in Chief of Couturesque Magazine.  She is also a textbook Taurus (ambitious, aesthetically-driven, very stubborn) who can at any given time be found listening to BANKS and looking at pictures of puppies.  Click here to follow her on Instagram. 

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