“Having breasts is part of being a woman”

As a high school student, Emmy Toebes (22) has seen all of her friends get bigger breasts; hers stopped growing at 14. All of her life, she has received unpleasant remarks about her body, and it has made her feel insecure as a woman. Now, years later, she is considering breast augmentation. Story and photos by Willemijn Besaris In the Netherlands, an estimated 6,000 to … Continue reading “Having breasts is part of being a woman”

Chocolate Side – What is your photo face? 

We all have one side of our face that we find more beautiful than the other. In German there is a special expression for it: Schokoladenseite, which means chocolate side. Is it a myth or is there more to it? Story by Franziska Kircher One half of the face is typically perceived as more beautiful. Dr. Joachim Graf von Finckenstein explains the background to this. … Continue reading Chocolate Side – What is your photo face? 

Inventing Insecurities

For centuries, women have been persuaded that there is something wrong with their appearance. Although many are aware that the beauty industry intentionally creates blemishes, the products continue to be consumed. A background story to answer the question of why. Story by Katja Pelic The cosmetic and beauty sector has substantially changed since the beginning of the 20th century. What has remained the same, however, … Continue reading Inventing Insecurities

The Science of Attraction

Attraction is highly valued in society and although body trends change every decade, the ‘ideal face’ has mostly remained. Studies show that similar facial features are considered ‘beautiful’ in many parts of the world. But how much do we know about attraction? Story by Eliza Freeman Psychologist Josef Vuister explains attraction can be explained through simple theories like the Evolutionary Theory of Attraction. “We are … Continue reading The Science of Attraction

The (Un)filtered Truth

Getting a full face of make-up within seconds through beauty filters or editing apps – modifying your own pictures got quite normal. But how does the use of these filters and applications influence our self-image? Story by Luisa Funk It takes one tap and the selfie looks ‘perfect’ – thanks to beauty filters or editing apps. The last few years, modifying your selfies has become … Continue reading The (Un)filtered Truth

Saartje Langstraat

“It’s all about confidence”

True beauty comes from within. That’s not exactly what you would associate with beauty contests, where it seems to be all about appearances. But to win, you don’t just have to look perfect. Saartje Langstraat (21), the Miss Beauty Netherlands from 2021 gives insight into the world of pageants and how participating has changed her perspective on beauty. Story by Jana Prochazka How do you … Continue reading “It’s all about confidence”

Trolley dollies: The impossible beauty standards of a flight attendant

Flight attendants are expected to radiate beauty on the outside, while many are feeling far from glamorous on the inside. Crew gives their insight into the dated and sometimes toxic beauty expectations of the industry.  Story by Eliza Freeman The airline industry is one that everyone is familiar with, and many are fascinated by, yet most people know very little about it. Stewardess, flight attendant, … Continue reading Trolley dollies: The impossible beauty standards of a flight attendant

My ethnicity is not your aesthetic

Trends on Tik Tok are mostly harmless. A little dance here, a little make-up there. But sometimes they overlap with foreign cultures and are appropriated. Let’s dive into the phenomenon of cultural appropriation and find out why it’s not acceptable. Story by Anahita Ahmadi and Katja Pelic Many celebrities have been under fire for years because of their affiliations with cultural appropriation. An example is … Continue reading My ethnicity is not your aesthetic