Kim Kardashian dyes her hair red, Shane Dawson is accused of problematic behaviour, and other beauty news
1. Kim Kardashian is now a redhead.
This is not a drill — Kim K has shed her signature dark locks for fire-red tresses. Longtime hairstylist, Chris Appleton, was the one to break the news, dropping video after video of Kardashian-West sporting her new 'do. "It's not a wig before you start with that sh*t," he wrote, thus launching the Internet into full-on hysteria. Naturally, that's not all we heard from the Kardashian-Jenner clan this week...
2. Kim Kardashian sells a 20 percent stake of KKW Beauty to Coty Inc.
The stake costs a cool US$200 million, in case you were wondering. Don't go thinking that Kim will be taking a backseat from now on, though. According to a press statement by Coty, "Kardashian-West and team will lead all creative efforts in terms of product and communications initiatives, building on her remarkable global reach capabilities through social media." Coty Inc, on the other hand, will assume responsibility for KKW Beauty's portfolio development in new beauty categories.
3. Shane Dawson is accused of problematic behaviour.
Ironically enough, Dawson was the one who lit the match to his own downfall when he criticised the YouTube beauty scene, claiming it filled with "dramatic gurus." This, then led to the loss of three million subscribers as well as the uncovering of Dawson's questionable past, which includes dressing in blackface and sexualising minors. The minor in question was Willow Smith, inciting the ire of the Smith family. Both Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith took to Twitter to denounce Dawson publicly. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this scandal. The situation continued to escalate to the point of no return, especially when...
4. YouTube demonetizes three of Shane Dawson's accounts.
The company issued a block on his accounts, suspending Dawson's ability to profit off his videos. And while YouTube did not say how long they will demonetize Dawson's accounts for, they did address that this is an 'indefinite, but not permanent' situation. Makeup label, Morphe, followed suit by pulling the entirety of the Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson collection off their shelves. And for the final twist in the story, we welcome a familiar face back in the fray...
5. Tati Westbrook releases a video accusing Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson of manipulating her.
In a video titled 'Breaking My Silence," Westbrook claimed that both Star and Dawson fed her "poisonous lies" about fellow YouTuber, James Charles, which led her to release an exposé on his supposed predatory behaviour towards straight men in 2019. She later apologized to Charles himself for having "bought into any of their lies."
6. Renowned makeup artist, Daniel Martin, joins the Tatcha family.
You might know him as the makeup luminary behind Meghan Markle's wedding makeup. While Martin didn't go into detail as to what his role at Tatcha will entail, he did compare the union to "Peter Phillips of Dior" and "Lucia Pica at Chanel" — both of whom serve as creative directors.
7. Watsons pledges to reduce plastic waste and support the use of sustainable palm oil.
The beauty and wellness company is targeting to roll out initiatives to reduce plastic bag usage by end of the year. Watsons will also be identifying products using sustainable palm oil by end 2021 — before committing to new business practices such as enforcing a complete ban on PVC by 2030.
8. The Body Shop partners up with No More to protect women worldwide.
This was done in response to the drastic increase of domestic violence cases amidst COVID-19. No More — an organisation dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault globally — will be working side-by-side with the label to launch the Isolated Not Alone campaign. Beyond amplifying anti-family violence messages, they will also train frontline staff so that they can detect signs of family violence to refer victims to various help channels.
9. KNC Beauty founder launches an education initiative to aid black female entrepreneurs.
Debuting on 14 July, KNC Beauty School will offer four semesters of free education to aspiring beauty entrepreneurs looking to break into the beauty industry. Classes will be taught by KNC Beauty founder herself, Kristen Crawley, as well as other black female executives such as Nancy Twine of Briogeo, Trinity Mouzon of Golde, and Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar.