Hari Nef, Amandla Stenberg, and More Share Their Nontraditional Beauty Tips


Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Here at Byrdie, we know that beauty is way more than braid tutorials and mascara reviews. Beauty is identity. Our hair, our facial features, our bodies: They can reflect culture, sexuality, race, even politics. We needed somewhere on Byrdie to talk about this stuff, so... welcome to The Flipside (as in the flipside of beauty, of course!), a dedicated place for unique, personal, and unexpected stories that challenge our society's definition of "beauty." Here, you'll find cool interviews with LGBTQ+ celebrities, vulnerable essays about beauty standards and cultural identity, feminist meditations on everything from thigh brows to eyebrows, and more. The ideas our writers are exploring here are new, so we'd love for you, our savvy readers, to participate in the conversation, too. Be sure to comment your thoughts (and share them on social media with the hashtag #TheFlipsideOfBeauty). Because here, on The Flipside, everybody gets to be heard.

Here at Byrdie, we’re committed to honoring and supporting our fellow women each and every day, whether that’s through sharing personal experiences with body image and confidence, discussing the ever-morphing representation of women in the media, or offering mental health advice. Beauty and feminism have more to do with one another than some people realize. As Transparent creator and trans activist Jill Soloway has stated, beauty rituals serve a larger purpose than simply enhancing our features (read more about that here); and there’s strength in expressing ourselves authentically through beauty and encouraging other women to embrace their own identities.

I think we can all agree that celebrating the amazing, unique women around us should be something we do on the daily. But International Women’s Day serves as a special reminder to support, empower, and take pride in our sisters. As participants in the beauty industry, we sometimes forget to look for beauty inspiration in nontraditional places. So this year, to celebrate our sisterhood as genuinely as possible, we wanted to expand our source of beauty inspiration by turning to five trailblazing women who are redefining what it means to be beautiful. Keep reading to hear five important beauty tips from Hari Nef, Amandla Stenberg, Ruby Rose, and more.

Next up, read the inspiring account of why one editor gave up photo editing apps for good!