Skin is such an integral part to beauty and women have been searching for ways to make it perfect since the beginning of time. There are facials and creams and treatments all geared towards giving us glistening youthful skin, but we don’t realize that we can spend just a few minutes in our refrigerator to find just what we need.

1. Avocados
Though very rich, avocados can help to eliminate under eye circles and their rich supply of vitamin E promotes circulation.

2. Berries
If you are looking to turn back the hands of time, try eating some strawberries or blueberries. They help to prevent aging and give an added dose of protection for your skin.

3. Broccoli
Broccoli and other green vegetables keep your skin moisturized by helping your body to produce sebum, which lubricates your skin and hair.

4. Carrots
We always associate carrots with being great for our eyesight, but they also work wonders for the scalp.

5. Mushrooms
Mushrooms contain loads of selenium which improves the skin’s elasticity and protects it from the harmful rays of the sun.

6. Oranges
Though the Vitamin C in oranges boosts our immune system, the vitamin A in the fruits help reduce inflammation of the skin and it keeps our pores clean.

7. Papaya
Though wonderful to eat, papayas also decrease the appearance of dark spots when placed on the skin.

8. Watermelon
Watermelons have loads of lycopene which help to keep the skin soft and smooth.

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Published on May 15, 2011 by Satoshi Kanazawa in The Scientific Fundamentalist

There are marked race differences in physical attractiveness among women, but not among men. Why?

Add Health measures the physical attractiveness of its respondents both objectively and subjectively. At the end of each interview, the interviewer rates the physical attractiveness of the respondent objectively on the following five-point scale: 1 = very unattractive, 2 = unattractive, 3 = about average, 4 = attractive, 5 = very attractive. The physical attractiveness of each Add Health respondent is measured three times by three different interviewers over seven years.

From these three scores, I can compute the latent "physical attractiveness factor" by a statistical procedure called factor analysis. Factor analysis has the added advantage of eliminating all random measurement errors that are inherent in any scientific measurement. The latent physical attractiveness factor has a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.

Recall that women on average are more physically attractive than men. So women of all races are on average more physically attractive than the "average" Add Health respondent, except for black women. As the following graph shows, black women are statistically no different from the "average" Add Health respondent, and far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women.
In contrast, races do not differ in physical attractiveness among men, as the following graph shows. Men of all races are more or less equally less physically attractive than the "average" Add Health respondent.
This sex difference in the race differences in physical attractiveness – where physical attractiveness varies significantly by race among women, but not among men – is replicated at each Add Health wave (except that the race differences among men are statistically significant, albeit substantively very small, in Wave III). In each wave, black women are significantly less physically attractive than women of other races.
It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others. In Wave III, Add Health asks its respondents to rate their own physical attractiveness subjectively on the following four-point scale: 1 = not at all, 2 = slightly, 3 = moderately, 4 = very. As you can see in the following graphs, both black women and black men rate themselves to be far more physically attractive than individuals of other races.
What accounts for the markedly lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women? Black women are on average much heavier than nonblack women. The mean body-mass index (BMI) at Wave III is 28.5 among black women and 26.1 among nonblack women. (Black and nonblack men do not differ in BMI: 27.0 vs. 26.9.) However, this is not the reason black women are less physically attractive than nonblack women. Black women have lower average level of physical attractiveness net of BMI. Nor can the race difference in intelligence (and the positive association between intelligence and physical attractiveness) account for the race difference in physical attractiveness among women. Black women are still less physically attractive than nonblack women net of BMI and intelligence. Net of intelligence, black men are significantly more physically attractive than nonblack men.

There are many biological and genetic differences between the races. However, such race differences usually exist in equal measure for both men and women. For example, because they have existed much longer in human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their genomes than other races. And the mutation loads significantly decrease physical attractiveness (because physical attractiveness is a measure of genetic and developmental health). But since both black women and black men have higher mutation loads, it cannot explain why only black women are less physically attractive, while black men are, if anything, more attractive.

The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone. Africans on average have higher levels of testosterone than other races, and testosterone, being an androgen (male hormone), affects the physical attractiveness of men and women differently. Men with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore more physically attractive. In contrast, women with higher levels of testosterone also have more masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive. The race differences in the level of testosterone can therefore potentially explain why black women are less physically attractive than women of other races, while (net of intelligence) black men are more physically attractive than men of other races.


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When I design and craft my dresses, I need a living model, a moving body. I could never work with a mere wooden dummy because for me clothes must live. I need to work with a woman's body before sending out my clothes into the real world. Black models are graced with particulary (sic) modern proportions and motions. They are perfectly suited to my needs and have always inspired me enormously. I love the luminosity they lend to fabrics. I feel the depth of colour of their skin brings added intensity to colours. They have never disappointed me. I love their expression, the lustre in their eyes, their long lines and the irresistible suppleness of their movements. For me they possess that most magical of a woman's qualities: mystery. Not the outworn mystery of the "femme fatale" but the dynamic mystery of the woman of today - Yves Saint Laurent 1936-2008

All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman

Naomi Sims made her mark as the first Black model to gain world wide recognition in the Sixties. She rocketed to the top of the fashion world when she broke the color barrier in modeling and was emulated by Black women everywhere. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1969.

Born in Oxford, Mississippi and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she attended Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University. In 1976, she launched the Naomi Sims Collection sold in department stores and specialty stores. The Naomi Sims Collection has since expanded to include skin care, hair care and cosmetics for Black women. 

Naomi Sims collection is available to Black women everywhere through the convenience of on-line shopping.

Naomi Sims was famed model and beauty expert, her readers were entirely up-to-date on aging, makeup, hairstyles, diet, exercise, dressing, and more in this revised and updated edition of the classic reference for black women. She was an African American model, businesswoman and author, who is widely credited as being the first African American supermodel.

You don’t need a perfect figure, a huge and expensive wardrobe or a brilliant hairdresser, to make you a beautiful woman. Beauty is waiting there inside your soul, ready to be brought out.

Your joy in life and passionate pursuits make you sparkle and radiate excitement and energy. Your sexy confidence and enthusiasm light up your face and bring a swing to your walk. Your serenity, generosity and sensitivity are mirrored in your eyes and in your beautiful smile.

You are a beautiful woman! 
Know it, believe it and live it!
©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women


THREADING:  Eyebrow threading is a practice that originated from the Middle East and India and has been around for centuries.  This procedure is used for eyebrow shaping and removing hair from the cheeks, upper lip, and chin with 100% cotton thread.  It is more efficient than tweezers because it pulls out a row of hairs out at a time instead of plucking them one by one. Tweezers can often nip the skin causing small marks.
Threading also reduces the irritation often accompanied with other procedures. Excessive tugging and pulling by tweezers can lead to an earlier onset of wrinkles.  You should thread once every two weeks though some people may be able to go longer between treatments.

There are six basic face shapes: oval, round, long, square, heart, and diamond. Without makeup on, pull your hair off of your face and look closely in the mirror.

(L-R) Long, Square, Heart

(L-R) Diamond, round, oval

FIND OUT THE BEST EYEBROW SHAPE is a great site that helps you determine the best brow shape for your face

Every morning take a minute to clean up excessive hairs. However, never use a razor. Use wax or tweezers. For any mistakes, fill in spots with a black eye pencil or see your beautician.

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To jump start Crown Chronicles Beauty section I thought this quote was befitting.  

A young woman who is deeply, passionately, intimately in love Jesus Christ glows with a radiance that overpowers even the most noticeable of flaws. I’ve seen many a godly woman light up an entire room with her presence. To study her closely, you would not think of her as beautiful; in fact she might even have major physical blemishes that would normally be distracting. But when a woman’s passion for Jesus Christ is so deep that it is the focal point of her existence, it effervesces from every corner of her being—and she glows with Heavenly beauty. No matter what her physical flaws might be, they are unnoticed when Jesus Christ is center stage in her life.

Remain blessed!