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A Beauty Contest Was Judged By AI And The Robots Didn’t Like Dark Skin

A Beauty Contest Was Judged By AI And The Robots Didn’t Like Dark Skin

The first international beauty contest judged by “machines” was supposed to use objective factors such as facial symmetry and wrinkles to identify the most attractive contestants. After Beauty.AI launched this year, roughly 6,000 people from more than 100 countries submitted photos in the hopes that artificial intelligence, supported by complex algorithms, would determine that their […]

‘Haafu’ And Proud: Miss World Japan Won By Mixed-Race Contestant

‘Haafu’ And Proud: Miss World Japan Won By Mixed-Race Contestant

Japan will be represented at this year’s Miss World contest by a woman with a Japanese mother and Indian father after Priyanka Yoshikawa became the country’s second mixed-race contestant in a row chosen for a major international pageant. The qualified elephant trainer who counts kickboxing among her hobbies said she would use her title to […]

Stan Grant Asks After NT Abuse Scandal: Are We Still Trapped By The ‘White Gaze’?

Stan Grant Asks After NT Abuse Scandal: Are We Still Trapped By The ‘White Gaze’?

iradjuri man, author and journalist Stan Grant has spoken at Byron Writers festival about how “the screams of Aboriginal boys locked up and beaten in the Northern Territory” led him again to the work of the African-American writer James Baldwin. Delivering the festival’s annual Thea Astley lecture on Saturday, Grant said his discovery of Baldwin […]

Kenzo X H&M’s New Campaign: An Important Statement About Fashion Diversity

Kenzo X H&M’s New Campaign: An Important Statement About Fashion Diversity

  The lack of diversity in the fashion industry is a perennial issue. Late last year, Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing told Newsnight: “We can’t forget, but fashion is sometimes defined as a white world … I love showing reality on my catwalk and I think we are going back to that.” Hopeful words, but […]

Inciting An Online Hate Campaign Does Not Make You ‘Relevant’

Inciting An Online Hate Campaign Does Not Make You ‘Relevant’

A grimacing emoji face to Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters, who is probably spending this weekend recalling a happier era when Hollywood stars were protected behind electric gates and their only view of the great unwashed was through the tinted windows of their Cadillac Escalade. This week, Jones encountered what […]

Meet The Radical Beauty Queen Taking On The Sudanese Regime

Meet The Radical Beauty Queen Taking On The Sudanese Regime

Far from the cliched calls for world peace, Sudanese beauty queen Natalina Yaqoub’s mission is a little closer to home. Since being crowned Miss Nuba Mountains, she has used her title to appeal to the government for an urgent end to the bombing in the region, where her family still lives. “My home is in […]

These Are Scary Times For People Of Colour. It’s Time For A Big Conversation

These Are Scary Times For People Of Colour. It’s Time For A Big Conversation

What can one definitively write about Britain voting to leave as this seismic event unfolds? As a person of colour, attempting to make sense of my country right now feels something like being disembodied. My thinking self is somewhere separate from my body. I am out of place. I am vulnerable. How could I not? […]

Rival movie awards to highlight diversity gap days before Oscars

Rival movie awards to highlight diversity gap days before Oscars

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is to stage a rival awards show just days before the Oscars with the aim of showcasing the diverse Hollywood talent ignored by the world’s most famous film ceremony. The All Def Movie awards are clearly designed as a reaction to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy which has overshadowed this year’s awards season […]