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Black Beauty: A History Of African American Hairstyles & Aesthetics, From Actresses To Models - Ebook Edition

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BLACK BEAUTY THROUGH THE AGES: Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg, Germany (above left) and music celebrity Beyonce Knowles (above right) are just two of history's important black women and hair and beauty figures to feature in the new ebook edition of 'Black Beauty', by author Ben Arogundade.

FIRST RELEASED IN HARDBACK in 2000, Black Beauty told the story of 500 years of hair and beauty culture,
via history's foremost African American celebrities. A new eBook edition is out now. By Ben Arogundade.

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TODAY, THE BEAUTY CHOICES of black stars such as Rihanna, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj influence millions of young women the world over. But their global reach, fame and popularity are relatively new phenomena which did not exist as recently as the 1950s. The history behind the current success of these black hair and beauty symbols presents a complex and engaging story which spans over half a millennia. It is a journey illuminated by the struggle with issues such as identity, discrimination, coercion and conformity, much of which still underpins beauty culture today.

This story has been captured in this, the third edition of Ben Arogundade’s best-selling book, Black Beauty. Originally published in print in 2000, with a second edition in 2003, this new eBook version has been extensively revised for the format. It chronicles all the most important facts within the history of black and African American beauty culture, from antiquity to the present. It analyses the aesthetics of make-up, skin-tone, hairstyles and facial features, and the manner in which they have been received within Western society. The story profiles a galaxy of characters, from important unknowns to famous black and African American women within film, fashion, music, television and sports. From Bessie Smith to Beyoncé, from natural African hairstyles to blonde weaves and color contact lenses, Black Beauty has become the key text for all studies of this branch of beauty history, for both African Americans and the wider readership.

The new edition of Black Beauty is available here in eBook format for all computers, tablets and smartphones.

Title: Black Beauty (ebook edition)
Author: Ben Arogundade
Word count: 50,000
ISBN: 9780956939425
Price: £6.99/$9.99

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