Tobi Oredein Speaks On How The Beauty Industry Has Devalued Black Women


From asking her not to touch things in the shopping mall, to not finding products for her skin tone and the media using just white women for their adverts, Tobi speaks on how black women are being devalued.

According to her,  if the media prioritises the views of black and minority ethnic women, society will be more forth coming when having a conversation about race, racism and the difference in experiences.

Tobi Oredein is a writer and an international public speaker from London.  Tobi, alongside her co-founder in June 2014, led a small team to launch, Black Ballad, a publication that seeks to tell the human experience through the eyes of black British women.

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Black Ballad is a lifestyle website for black British women, covering issues, as, black women and disability, black women and mental health, as well as the relationship blackness has within private education, beauty and fashion.

She said,

The beauty industry devalues black women by not making products for our complexion and our needs. A make-up brand which makes 50 shades of biege, takes times before making a single shade of brown and I think this reflects how women are treated in society.

I’m not here to dispute the beauty of white women but what I am here to say is black women, women of colour are just as beautiful and the beauty industry needs to wake up and realise that.


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