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Beauty Standards In 2019

Jennifer Donley

Black women were crowned the winners in America’s most prestigious beauty pageants this year, taking home Miss Teen USA, Miss America, and Miss USA. 

Two of the three winners sported natural curls for their crowning, a move that has reinforced what many believe are changing ideas about mainstream beauty, whiteness and blackness.

Today on All Sides, the changing face of beauty in America. 


  • Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer for Refinery29, former Miss New York 
  • Ashley Nkadi, award-winning activist, writer, former Miss Black Ohio
  • Dr. Treva Lindsey, professor of African-American women's history, Ohio State University 

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