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Robots Judge Beauty Contest, Get Called Racist

Artificial intelligence was supposed to eliminate bias—but most winners were light-skinned

(Newser) - Can robots be racist? It appears that way, per results from Beauty.AI , a beauty competition designed to take prejudices out of the mix by having algorithms do the judging instead of humans. But results from the competition indicate that even 'bots have biases, the Guardian reports. Forty-four winners... More »

How Drybar Is Remaking the Beauty Salon

Drybar expects $100M in sales this year

(Newser) - As a kid, Alli Webb had no idea what she wanted to do. After high school, she worked as a hairstylist before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Then in 2008, she started giving women blowouts in their own homes. Eight years later, her 61 Drybar salons are expected to pull in... More »

Barbie Gets 3 New Body Types

Tall, curvy, and petite models, plus a slew of skin tones, eye colors, and hairstyles

(Newser) - Project Dawn—mission complete at Mattel. The toy company more fully explained this secret initiative Thursday, and it involves an industry icon getting what the Washington Post calls "the makeover the world has been waiting for." Barbie dolls will now be available in four body shapes: the original... More »

How Good Looks Hurt Guys' Careers

Male colleagues view handsome men as rivals: study

(Newser) - Beauty comes with plenty of perks—but it could actually hinder a man’s career. A new study out of the University College London finds good looks can keep a male from climbing the career ladder because male colleagues are less likely to promote rivals they consider more handsome than... More »

People React Very Differently to Being Told They're Beautiful

Not everyone accepts the compliment graciously

(Newser) - What happens when you tell someone they're beautiful? As 18-year-old Shea Glover discovered, all kinds of different things. As a high school senior in Chicago, Glover was playing around with her new camera, taking photos of people she found beautiful, when she realized their reactions to being called beautiful... More »

Beauty Really Is in the Eye of Beholder

Some preferences universal, but our personal experiences also play a big role

(Newser) - Research has already established that most of us prefer faces that are symmetrical, and probably because it is an indicator of good health. But universal standards of beauty don't go much further than that—in fact even identical twins (who have identical DNA) disagree about who is attractive, researchers... More »

Study: Women Let Handsome Men Off Easier

Homely men who misbehave aren't given as much slack: study

(Newser) - Males wooing women can get away with acting a little creepy if they're good-looking, but the homely ones are out of luck, suggests a new study out of Eastern Kentucky University. To gauge their perceptions of men, researchers showed 170 female college students two male faces with similar features—... More »

11 Celebrities Who've Tried Rainbow-Colored Hair

From Kylie Jenner to Pete Wentz

(Newser) - Rapper Chris Brown and his "Fruit Loop" colored hair may be the latest example of a celebrity sporting rainbow-colored locks, but he's far from being the first in Hollywood to try this beauty trend:
  • Kylie Jenner: The youngest Kardashian sister debuted long, turquoise locks (which may or may
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11 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Pierced

From Cameron Diaz to Harrison Ford

(Newser) - While some celebs may later come to regret their tattoos , piercings have the advantage of being removable—or hidden under a costume. From Cameron Diaz's nose to Neil Patrick Harris' nipples, below are 11 A-listers who've gone under the piercing gun:
  • Cameron Diaz: The recently married actress debuted
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Pink Responds to Fat-Shamers, Nails It

Singer responds to angry tweets about her extra pounds

(Newser) - Pink has responded to her online fat-shamers by serving up a dish of positivity sprinkled with a little wry humor, People reports. The singer attended a cancer event in Beverly Hills Saturday night and wore a pretty black dress that, OK, revealed she had some extra on her. Naturally, the... More »

5 Most Bizarre Celeb Beauty Treatments

Stem cells and bird poop and kitty litter, oh my!

(Newser) - To prepare for her wedding extravaganza , Kim Kardashian got a $550 stem cell facial. No, it's not quite as icky as it sounds, but it is weird—the vegan stem cell serum that's applied to the face during the treatment uses cells from a marine plant, Us reports.... More »

'Beautiful' Math May Make Us Emotional

It elicits reaction similar to great art

(Newser) - It may not have seemed possible in high school, but math can be beautiful, a study suggests—in fact, an equation can "activate the emotional brain," a researcher tells the BBC . His team scanned 15 mathematicians' brains as the subjects were shown 60 equations. Mathematicians were tasked with... More »

Think You're Pretty Hot? You're Probably Wrong

Study finds we believe we're more attractive than we actually are

(Newser) - The latest video in Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign featured women describing themselves to an unseen forensic sketch artist, who drew them as they were described by themselves and then as they were described by a stranger. The sketches based on the stranger's description turned out more attractive,... More »

11 Completely Insane Celeb Beauty Treatments

Sheep placentas and snake venom and bee stings, oh my!

(Newser) - You've heard about Tom Cruise's bird poo facials —but he's far from the only star to put something kinda icky on his face in the name of beauty. Celebuzz rounds up 10 more completely crazy celebrity beauty rituals:
  • Simon Cowell indulges in sheep placenta facials to
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Estée Lauder Building 2nd 'Home' Market in China

Osiao strives for local authenticity

(Newser) - Estée Lauder already sells most of its brands in China—but now it's working on a new line specifically designed for the Chinese market. Osiao skin care products "will give consumers a sense of being local, of being really dedicated to them," says CEO Fabrizio Freda.... More »

Left Side of Your Face Looks a Lot Better

Someone aiming an iPhone at you? Turn to your right, study says

(Newser) - Your left profile is the hot one, apparently. Researchers at Wake Forest University devoted time to the issue by asking 37 college students to rate 20 faces in photos, and found they preferred those showing their left sides, Huffington Post reports. "Our results suggest that posers' left cheeks tend... More »

Pretty People Are More Selfish

New study finds those with symmetrical faces less likely to cooperate

(Newser) - A pretty face comes with many benefits, but apparently a sense of selflessness is not one of them. A new study shows that people with more symmetrical facial features—which tend to be viewed as more attractive—are more likely to be selfish. Subjects were studied under laboratory conditions and... More »

Dating Site Ditches 30K Ugly Members

Thousands wrongfully accepted after computer virus

(Newser) - Imagine the reaction as founders of dating site watched 30,000 “ugly people” get accepted to their site over a six-week period—thanks to a computer virus, reports the Guardian . The wrongfully admitted have since been rejected en masse, says the managing director, at the not-so-attractive price... More »

Mom Gives Daughter, 8, Botox

'I wish I'd had the same advantages,' says beautician mother

(Newser) - An addled mom is boasting that she injects Botox into her 8-year-old daughter's face every three months so she can be a "star." She also arranges body waxes for her girl. "I wish that I'd had the same advantages when I was younger," mom Kerry Campbell... More »

Beautiful People Are Also Smarter

LSE researchers find attractiveness, intelligence correlate

(Newser) - Beautiful people really do have it all, a new study suggests: They're also more likely to be intelligent. Researchers at the London School of Economics found that intelligence correlated strongly with physical attractiveness. Men judged by others in the study as handsome had IQs 13.6 points higher than the... More »

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