• Victoria has a different secret…
    A report from Bloomberg reveals that the “fair-trade, organic” cotton used in many of Victoria’s Secret’s products is manufactured by a company that relies heavily on forced child laborers. The report shares the story of 13-year-old Clarisse, who works at a Burkina Faso farm that supplies much of Victoria’s Secrets cotton. Clarisse discusses the working conditions she endures–something that I can only describe as heart-wrenching. Victoria’s Secret thought they were doing something good by marketing that their garments were made with Burkina Fasco–”good for women, good for the children who depend on them.” It’s uncertain if the company knew the extent of the violations within the child labor laws, but they are claiming that their doing everything they can to address the issue. [Fashionista]
  • Harsh tagging: Twitter takes a beating on Kim Jong-il
    Earlier this week, it was announced that North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-il, lost his life due to a heart attack. As soon as the news spread, Twitter users tweeted about the news by referring to the racist Team America song titled “I’m So Ronery.” (There were so many tweets that it hit the “trending topic” status). The song comes from the 2004 comedy Team America, and talks about how lonely Kim Jong-il was and pokes fun of the way he spoke English. Needless to say, this is when social media can become a mean-spirited game. [Gawker]
  • Enough with the Photoshop?
    We all know that most photos we see nowadays are superfluously photoshopped–leading our society to believe that only perfection is beautiful. Recently, an advertisement for CoverGirl mascara that featured Taylor Swift was banned due to excessive retouching. Business Insider reports that the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Claims (NAD) banned the ad for the CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara product. Why? The ad claims the mascara will add “2X more volume” and be “20 percent lighter,” which in reality isn’t possible. The irony of this ad is that in the disclaimer printed on the bottom states, “lashes enhanced in post production.” Who wants to be lied to like that? Perhaps this ad will make us all aware of the outrageous cosmetic claims that are out there. [Huffington Post]