Industry-leading French cosmetics company L’Oreal announced they will be removing words like “whitening” and “lightening” from their products after a number of beauty brands received backlash for their skin-lightening products amidst ongoing protests for racial equality.
“The L’Oreal Group has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products,” the company said in a statement.
The move signals a shift by beauty giants to stand up against racial stereotypes. L’Oreal’s skin brightening creams are amongst the most popular on the market and are targeted towards Asian, African and Caribbean buyers who face a cultural stigma where lighter skin is perceived as more desirable.
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A statement given to the UN is asking for any mention of pregnancy in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to remove the word ‘woman’ in order to be more inclusive of transgender people.
It states that the current ‘pregnant woman’ term could “exclude transgender people who have given birth”, suggesting the UN use the term ‘pregnant people’ instead. Especially when it comes to mention of the death penalty.
“We requested that the UN human rights committee made it clear that the same right [to life for pregnant women] extends to pregnant transgender people,” a spokesperson for the UK’s Foreign Office said.