Grotesque art is a slippery category that can be traced back to ancient Roman paintings, which first merged the human form with animals. Throughout history, grotesquery has embodied the anti-beauty aesthetic that pushes conventional boundaries and showcases the allure of extreme transformations. More recently, drag artists have been pioneers of what’s become grotesque content online — it’s partly why The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula show is so popular — and, while it’s not being painted across elaborate ceilings today, the movement still lingers through pimple-popping videos and extreme beauty tutorials.https://i-d.vice.com/en/article/g5v3bj/grotesque-social-media-trend
The report explores a vast and fascinating territory – the human body – and the implications of emerging nuances around beauty, gender, sexuality and health.
The result is five key macro-trends that we believe businesses in the space should keep in mind. Throughout the report, there are examples of brands, both big and small, who we think are capable of becoming pioneers in this space.https://www.futurebrand.com/news/2022/futurebrand-milan-release-future-of-the-body-report
“It felt like this entire category had really been left behind,” said Heim, who went on to launch her own clean hair care brand for Black women, Bread Beauty Supply. “Beauty was making strides and progressing, and this category felt like it was ten, twenty years behind.”https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-11/clean-beauty-is-booming-and-black-consumers-fear-being-left-behind
London-based Irish designer Sinead O’Dwyer has made it her mission to promote body diversity – from casting to the clothing she puts into production. Still on a high after showing her spring/summer 2023 collection at London Fashion Week, on a cast of models from size 8 to 26, O’Dwyer says it’s “only going to get better” from here. Here, she shares the steps she’s taken to prioritise inclusivity – and to encourage others in the industry to do the same.https://www-vogue-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/article/sinead-odwyer-body-diversity/amp
Shaved heads, no eyebrows and messy makeup are some of the latest visuals popping up in beauty as Generation Z emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic looking to flip the lid on dated, traditional narratives.https://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Article/2022/08/25/Beauty-trends-Gen-Z-post-COVID-show-unconventional-gender-fluid-escapism-important-says-Verve#
Sometimes, Sidus Studio X creates an image of Rozy from head to toe using the technology, an approach that works well for her Instagram images. Other times it superimposes her head onto the body of a human model — when she models clothing, for instance.https://www-cnn-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.cnn.com/style/amp/south-korea-virtual-influencers-beauty-social-media-intl-hnk-dst/index.html
A younger generation with more fluid interpretations of what constitutes gender, sexual orientation and romantic relationships is leading the conversation. “Gender neutral” and “genderless” have become mainstream concepts, integral to fashion, makeup and fragrance, and no longer on the fringes.https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/style/perfume-sex-gender.amp.html
An growing number of Chinese influencers have had it with the distorted, filtered images coming at them from every pixel on their super-app screen. From WeChat to Douyin and Weibo, they refuse to conform to social media’s perception of the perfect body.https://chinatemper.com/chinese-society/body-positive-influencers
Will China embrace plus-size fashion?
The prestige hair care brand is introducing a virtual team member based on an amalgamation of its employees in a bid to double down on its tech-meets-beauty identity and help consumers put a face to the label.https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/beauty/meet-olaplexs-first-ai-employee/
Detecting a skin tone in an image is a challenging problem, because it depends a lot on lighting, shadows, how prominent a face is, blurriness, and many other factors. The most accurate way to detect a skin tone in a Pin’s image would be to have a human label every single Pin image according to a scientific skin tone palette. But with billions of unique images, and many more created each day, that’s an expensive approach that would be hard to scale.https://medium.com/pinterest-engineering/building-a-more-inclusive-way-to-search-789f4c92fd73