Meghan Markle Is Our Current Girl Crush for Blasting the Beauty Industry

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Meghan Markle is even more incredible than we thought. Yes, she's Prince Harry's girlfriend, but that's certainly not one of her "accomplishments" (though we're thrilled they seemed to have found love). She is a great actor and an amazing humanitarian, and Markle also speaks out about racial injustices found everywhere in our society. 


Markle is biracial -- her mom is African-American; her father is Caucasian -- and she is featured in the April issue of Allure along with Padma Lakshmi, Jessica Alba, Priyanka Chopra, Eva Longoria, Constance Wu, and dozens of other women in an editorial on the politics of skin color in the beauty industry.

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Markle said that she was often labeled as "ethnically ambiguous" for castings. "Was I Latina? Sephardic? 'Exotic Caucasian'? Add the freckles to the mix and it created quite the conundrum," she said of the labels people try to force. "To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot," she told Allure

Cindy Crawford's mole was never airbrushed out, was it? It ended up being part of her signature look; it made her unique, an individual. Airbrushing just serves to create something unreal, unnatural. And, most upsetting, the person being changed is often completely unaware of how he/she is being altered to fit some kind of standard of "beauty." And it feels very '80s -- this altering to some kind of one-size-fits-all standard. We're not having it. Society is starting to wake up. We are all colors, all ethnicities, all shapes, all sizes, all with our own unique markings and wrinkles and stretch marks, and our hair colors are beautiful whether they are pink by design or gray by choice. 

We need voices like Meghan's to continue to speak out about this -- and she does. We love her words in Allure, and also the great pieces she features on her own site, The Tig

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In the Allure feature, Meghan also shared, "I have the most vivid memories of being 7 years old and my mom picking me up from my grandmother's house. There were the three of us, a family tree in an ombré of mocha next to the caramel complexion of my mom and light-skinned, freckled me. I remember the sense of belonging, having nothing to do with the color of my skin. It was only outside the comforts of home that the world began to challenge those ideals."

Now we are going to challenge the beauty industry, the entertainment industry, and we ask them to show us all as we really are -- no more Photoshopping to hide all that makes us real. The more we all speak out about this, the more that change will truly happen. 

Prince Harry must be as inspired by Meghan as we are. 

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