What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.
Un/covered: Spellbinding discussion among three Muslim women who have varying interpretations of what the Koran's dictate of modesty means, from a woman who wears the niqab (face veil) to the hijab (head scarf) to no head covering at all. (via Sally)
Exposed: It's sandal weather! I'm probably the least germophobic person on the planet (somebody's got to save all you germ freaks from the superbugs—you're welcome). But after day 1 of sandal weather and coming home with my feet looking like this, I'm about to admit defeat. I was wearing a maxidress, which apparently makes your feet hideously dirty by tracking in every bit of grit on New York sidewalks. Anyone else dealt with this? Thoughts, advice, help?
...And Everything In Between:
"Political hygiene": Russian opposition leaders are calling for a boycott of Proctor & Gamble products. The company advertises with the second most-watched network in Russia, NTV, which has a history of minimizing Putin's detractors, accusing protestors of showing up at rallies for "free cookies" instead of showing up to make a statement about election fraud.
Viva Glam: MAC, o MAC! You do things right and I get suspicious, and then you appear to do more things right and I'm left sort of admitting that you're awesome. I knew about MAC's Viva Glam lipstick campaign, which gives 100% of its proceeds to AIDS/HIV work. What I didn't realize was that it also strongarms its retail partners into donating their cut, and that it's specifically ramped up efforts in developing nations, which need funding the most. This video with the senior vice president breaks it down.
Lone gunmen: Aaaaand speaking of art-inspired makeup collections, there's always Estee Lauder's Mad Men collection, which, like, ugh. I'm a huge fan—of the show, not the collection; I'm inclined to agree with The Gloss about the questionable message that packaging an era that wasn't so hot for women into a product designed for men. Anyway, Amanda Marcotte's theory about the lawnmower incident being a metaphor for the Kennedy assassination is put to video here—absolutely worth a viewing, though it might make you jones even more for the show's return on Sunday.
Model citizens: Israel becomes the first country to pass a law regulating the body mass index of modelsand requiring visible notices of photo retouching when the effect makes the model look thinner. Other countries have passed resolutions about this but no laws as of yet; am eager to see how/if this effects bodily satisfaction of Israeli women and men.
Hear, hear!: Want to give the FDA a piece of your mind about cosmetics regulation? The government body is having a public meeting May 15to discuss regulation, particularly international consistency.