Exotic Beauty


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When Lupita Nyong'o won her Academy Award in early 2014, she was widely hailed as an "exotic" starlet, despite her not-so-exotic rise to stardom. Cristen and Caroline explore the broader intersections of race and Western beauty constructs and the multilayerd problem of exoticizing non-white beauty.

Episode sources:

"Beauty Whitewashed: How White Ideals Exclude Women of Color." Beauty Redefined. Feb. 01, 2011. http://www.beautyredefined.net/beauty-whitewashed-how-white-ideals-exclude-women-of-color/

"Belle: A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women" by Olivia Cole. The Huffington Post. May 13, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/olivia-cole/belle-a-lesson-in-the-tim_b_5310405.html

"Exotic Beauties vs Regular Black Girls" by Jamilah Lemieux. Clutch. Dec. 13, 2010. http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2010/12/exotic-beauties-vs-regular-black-girls/

"Hollywood Can't Figure Out What to Do With 'Exotic' Lupita" by Demetria L. Lucas. The Root. March 31, 2014. http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/03/hollywood_cannot_figure_what_to_do_with_lupita_nyongo.html?wpisrc=topstories

"Kevin Hart Calls Out Black Women For Calling His Girlfriend Exotic Looking." Urban Belle. Jan. 24, 2014. http://urbanbellemag.com/2014/01/kevin-hart-calls-black-women-calling-girlfriend-exotic-looking.html

"Please Stop Fetishizing Lupita Nyong'o" by Lisa Tomlinson. The Huffington Post. March 18, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/dr-lisa-tomlinson/lupita-nyongo_b_4986685.html

"Stop calling Lupita Nyong'o 'exotic'" by Agunda Okeyo. Salon. April 29, 2014. http://www.salon.com/2014/04/29/stop_calling_lupita_nyongo_exotic/

"The 'Exotic Woman' Fetish" by L. Nicole Williams. Madame Noire. May 03, 2011. http://madamenoire.com/52480/the-exotic-woman-fetish/

"The Politics of White and Black Bodies" by Barbara Trepagnier. Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms: A Feminism and Psychology Reader. Edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani and Ann Phoenix. SAGE. 1994. http://books.google.com/books?id=fSA-Pxn4xFgC&dq=white+exotic+beauty+racism&lr=&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"The Semiotics of Race, or: Walks on the Wild Side" by Aaminah Khan. Black Girl Dangerous. April 28, 2014. http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2014/04/semiotics-race-walks-wild-side/

"The World Insists That I'm 'Exotic,' but I Just Want to Be Black" by Alicia LaChapelle-Friday. The Root. Feb. 10, 2014. http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/02/racially_ambiguous_appearance_why_one_woman_only_wants_to_be_black.html

"We Can't Eat Lupita Nyong'o's Black Beauty -- Try As We Might" by Saeed Jones, Heben Nigatu, Driadonna Roland and Eugene Lee Yang. Buzzfeed. March 05, 2014. http://www.buzzfeed.com/saeedjones/we-cant-eat-lupitas-black-beauty-try-as-we-might

"What Is Exotic Beauty? Part I" by Goal Auzeen Saedi. Psychology Today. April 15, 2011. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201104/what-is-exotic-beauty-part-i

"What Is Exotic Beauty? Part II: The Case of the Asian Fetish" by Goal Auzeen Saedi. Psychology Today. April 19, 2011. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201104/what-is-exotic-beauty-part-i

"'Where are you really from?' I'm an 'Exotic' Black Girl" by Janday Wilson. xoJane. Jan. 31, 2013. http://www.xojane.com/beauty/im-an-exotic-black-girl-cause-im-african

"Why Black Boys Needs Lupita Nyong'o" by Damon Young. Ebony. April 24, 2014. http://www.ebony.com/news-views/why-black-boys-need-lupita-nyongo-403#axzz2zoI12cd4

Topics in this Podcast: Beauty, african american women, exoticism, exotic beauty, fetishization, racism