How digital beauty filters perpetuate colorism
They've brought the skin-lightening debate back. Colorism has a long and sordid history. From the preferential treatment of lighter-skinned slaves to the promotion of modern skin-bleaching beauty products to darker-skinned women, this might seem like an ancient form of prejudice. Still, artificial intelligence is bringing it to the fore once again. Tate Ryan-Mosley explores how the beautifying filters on apps like Snapchat and Instagram are lightening and smoothing the skin, and how the impact is regurgitating trauma for communities of color.
From MIT Technology Review