Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.
We've long been told by society what it means to be beautiful. Just open up a glossy to see whisper-thin celebrities who've been airbrushed into oblivion. But, more often than not, that fantasy doesn't match reality. True beauty isn't so easily defined — it's about feeling comfortable in your skin and expressing that comfort and joy about who you are to the rest of the world.
So, sick of seeing the same generic ideal constantly held up as a beauty "standard," we decided to turn that notion on its head by highlighting five stylish New Yorkers who are changing the beauty game in a way we can definitely get behind. These stunning women (and man!) don’t prescribe to conventional norms. Instead, they're real representations of what beauty means in the modern world — they're diverse, confident, open-minded, nonapologetic, and distinctly one of a kind.
Click through to learn more about each and read their take on what it means to be truly beautiful in this day and age. Because that whole one-size-fits-all approach to beauty is seriously lame.
Like this post? There's more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and news on the Refinery29 Beauty Facebook page!
January may be wrapping up, but it's certainly not warming up. Mother Nature still has plenty of steam — or, rather, sub-zero-degree air blasts — left. Our fellow Northeast dwellers know what we're talking about: cold fronts, blizzards, and ice storms galore. You surely have a coat and a pair of boots at the ready, but read
UPDATE: Lupita's done it again. The actress took the stage at last night's SAG Awards to present alongside Jared Leto, and she did so in her show-stopping specs. While male hairdressing occupied our attention last awards season (let's not forget when Leto himself pioneered the epic Man Bun Movement of 2014), this year has read