American beauty is a tricky thing to quantify.
Some people say that beauty is an expression of who you are, and that women are born beautiful.
Others say it’s an illusion and that it’s a cultural construct that’s created by the patriarchy and white supremacy.
But the beauty industry isn’t an either/or proposition.
It’s a spectrum.
The beauty industry is both a tool and a medium that can be used to reveal the beauty of a culture.
The best way to do that is by looking at the women who are doing the work, and the work they’re doing is often the work of the women whose work is being discussed.
So, the next time you hear a woman’s voice in an industry where a lot of the work is done by white men, remember: You are not alone.
There are women who work in the beauty business who are making their voices heard.
There are women, too, who are trying to make a difference.
So, let’s listen.
Andrea Mitchell is a freelance journalist and blogger.
She’s a writer at The Guardian and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
Follow her on Twitter @andreacmitchell.