Model Calls out Huda Beauty for Using Her Face to Talk About Removing Acne Scars

And that includes giving off the illusion that your skin is flawless and blemish-free.

Although we know that a ton of work goes into the Instagram posts that we lowkey adore and are jealous of, feeling self-conscious is super easy. Especially when there are certain things about your body that you can’t change. Which is why there are so many accounts out there that are trying to make people feel a bit more positive about their bodies, like Em Ford’s MyPaleSkinBlog.

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Instagram has become a huge hub for all sorts of wellness and personal betterment products, and when you’re on a platform that’s flooded with selfies and examples of personal beauty, it only makes sense that tons of beauticians and makeup artists blew up as a result of Instagram’s surge in popularity.

Like Huda Beauty, which was started by ace cosmetics blogger, Huda Kattan.

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If you want a sick contour, eyeshadow, or any other super-glam look, Huda’s your girl. I mean I’m a North-Jersey bro whose entire aesthetic can be summed up as “What would Costco look like if it was turned into a human being,” but even I have a solid appreciation for the magic Huda and other beauty bloggers create with a palette and some brushes.

And while seeing super jacked/lean dudes makes me feel self-conscious about my dad-bod, that doesn’t mean I’m being “shamed” simply because someone else is existing. If it bothers me that much, I should just get in the best possible shape I can get in to feel good about myself. Nobody’s out there body-shaming me and posting pictures of my flab online saying, “Ewww look at this dude.”

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So I can understand model Em Ford’s shock when a post on the Huda Beauty Facebook page on how to get rid of acne scars featured her face, with the following headline:

“The Only Way To Get Rid Of Acne Scars According To The Experts”

Em was offended on two levels. The first being that Huda’s site used her images without her permission.

The second was that the image she posted was specifically for skin positivity, so that those who suffered from acne could feel better about themselves. So for it to be turned around and used in a piece on how to cover up acne scars — that really rubbed Em the wrong way.

In her Instagram stories, Em shared her disappointment at Huda’s decision to use her face as part of an “anti-acne” campaign.

Dear @hudabeauty, I wanted to thank you for using my #skinpositivity images to tell the world that my face full of scars is worse than active breakouts. 

And for reinforcing the narrative that anything less than “flawless” is something that we should feel ashamed of, or want to fix and “get rid of.”

Headlines like that are the reason why I receive thousands of emails on a daily and weekly basis from women all over the world. 

Some of whom are made to feel so ashamed of their skin, it affects every aspect of their lives. And couldn’t even dream of enjoying themselves on holiday without applying a full coverage foundation. 

Since 2015, I have used my platforms and voice to talk about hate online, and why perpetuating beauty standards has very real, and very serious consequences.”

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Ford’s message resonated with users online, many of who suffered from acne scars, or struggled to meet “society’s” beauty standards.

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Others pointed out that the Huda Beauty article sends a confusing message — especially when compared to other articles that supported the use of cosmetic fillers and encouraging women to grow out their body hair if they want.

Which was flabbergasting and hurtful to some Twitter users who took years to become comfortable with their own acne scars.

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The post has since been taken down from Huda’s Facebook page, and Em has followed up by saying that Huda contacted her with a full apology.

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Jimmy Kimmel Fights Tears As He Calls Out Trump In Plea Against Gun Violence

Despite the fact that Cruz was reported to authorities several times, and was even not allowed to bring a backpack to school after making threats and jokes about committing acts of violence, Donald Trump responded to the shooting by saying that Cruz just needed to be reported to the authorities…more.

Trump chalked the act of violence up to “mental illness,” which, in my opinion, is par for the course for NRA-backed politicians whenever someone commits an act of terrorism who isn’t an immigrant or Muslim. Despite the fact that Trump seemed to be disturbed by Cruz’s mental illness that may have led him to murder 17 high schoolers, Trump still revoked a law implemented by Obama that would halt the sales of firearms to the mentally ill.

Many people were underwhelmed by Trump’s response to the shooting, saying that it was unfair to put the onus on children and school administrators, especially when Cruz’s behavior was reported several times.

Some pointed out that although Trump is quick to tweet out anti-Islamic fake news stories, he’s not so quick to confront the elephant in the room: there have been an overwhelming amount of mass shootings and acts of terrorism that are carried out by U.S. citizens – the majority of them white males.

Late show host Jimmy Kimmel responded to Trump’s reaction to the shooting and echoed the sentiments of many Americans: that the lack of stricter gun regulations are largely contributing to the string of violent attacks on civilians in our nation.

Kimmel’s big gripe was Trump and many GOP lawmakers’ gut-reaction: which is to blame “mental illness” and not gun laws on the attack.

“You like to say this is a mental health issue but one of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So, I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.” 

He also called out the lack of any real action being taken by certain politicians…

Something that New York Daily News called attention to this past Valentine’s Day when they revealed what all of the politicians are getting paid from the NRA for their support of the organization.

Former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio issued a canned non-response after the shooting in the school, acting as if it was something he couldn’t have at least helped to prevent.

But people reminded him of his affiliation with the National Rifle Association.

From 1999 until now, Rubio’s reportedly made $ 3.3 million from the group.

When Kimmel had finished calling out Trump and other lawmakers for their lack of action, he urged viewers to visit everytown.org. The site helps put people in touch with their local politicians and be vocal about the changes they want to see in US gun law.

Florida Sheriff of Broward County, Scott Israel, also called out lawmakers insisting that stricter gun regulations be written into law. He specifically pointed out Trump’s decision to allow the mentally ill to purchase firearms.

How many more young people needs to die before any meaningful change is enacted?

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Mom Calls Gay Bar To Figure Out What To Do When Her Son Came Out And Got Perfect Advice

Kara Coley works in a bar in Mississippi called Sipps that isn’t officially a gay bar, but is known around the area as being “gay friendly.” Coley’s been tending bar for 17 years. She’s probably answered a lot of questions and talked a lot of customers through their problems. We treat the people who give us alcohol as therapists working for tips, especially after having a few.

Then one Friday night, Coley got a call she’d been training for her whole life! Her post about the sweet exchange went viral on Facebook. Coley told the Huffington Post that it was a woman with a Northern accent, looking for answers for her gay son.

“So I got the most random phone call at the bar tonight!” writes Coley, turning it into a little script in case you want to read along at home:

Me: Good evening Thank you for calling Sipps! 

Lady on phone: Is this a gay bar?

 Me: well we are a everybody bar but yes mostly gay. 

Lady: What was the one thing you wanted from your parents when you a came out? 

Lady: My son just came out to me and I don’t want to say anything that may mess him up in the head. 

Me: well I think that you should just make sure he knows that you love and accept, wait do you accept it? 

Lady: well Umm yes if that’s what he wants. 

Me: You should definitely let him know that you love and accept him! I think everything will be ok from there! 

Lady: okay well thank you. 

Me: you are very welcome and good luck!

“17 years of bartending in gay bars on the coast! That’s definitely a first for me!” Coley concluded.

Coley’s little story has been shared hundreds of time, much to her surprise.

“I’m shocked and excited,” she told HuffPost. “Although I still don’t get it because I was just being honest and compassionate.”

People love the idea that Coley was able to help a woman trying to figure out how to love her son the best possible way:

Coley has not figured out who the mom that called was, but says if she and her son ever came to Sipps, “I would hug their necks!”

A great story about what can happen when the right person answers the phone.

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Mom Calls Out Designer For Making Her Daughter This Nightmare Prom Dress

Taking a risk on a local designer can have an amazing payoff. You get a handmade gown to your specifications at a cut-rate price. In Malexa Maeweather’s case, she got a cut-rate dress instead. 

Malexa’s mother, Dee Lewis, called out the maker of her daughter’s terrifying prom dress on Facebook because she was so upset by the final product. According to Yahoo News, the pair live in Rochester, New York, and a small designer named Kia Wagner said she would make a dress for Malexa using some cloth she already had on hand. She asked for a $ 100 deposit. This is what Malexa received the night before prom:

In her post, Lewis called out Wagner by name, and asked, “R u serious.. was i wrong for wanting my DEPOSIT BACK [sic].”

You can see that it is a nightmare cloud from the front, the side, and the back:

Lewis told Yahoo News that Malexa had seen a dress she liked on Instagram, but it wasn’t available, so they decided to trust the local designer. 

“For a $ 100 deposit, Kia told my daughter that she would make her something nice with material she already owned and that she wanted to ‘play around with the design,’” said Lewis. “Malexa didn’t know anything about what the dress would look like.”

When it finally arrived, with only one day to replace it, Malexa was extremely upset, as any of us would be.

 “My daughter was devastated and crying when she saw this dress,” said Lewis.

Luckily, a family friend stepped in when they saw the pics, and offered up the dress her daughter had worn the year before. Malexa’s mom gave her a few dollars to have the top redesigned by a different dressmaker, so she’d be wearing a new look. And she it turned out great:

Wagner has not commented on this very public embarrassment (the Facebook post has been shared almost 4,000 times!), and Lewis has said she hasn’t heard from her either.  “She didn’t offer any reimbursement as a professional courtesy,” said Lewis. Maybe she considers her end of the bargain complete and is waiting for the other $ 200?

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