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Vogue Linking Beauty Trends To Murder Takes Glorifying Crime To A New Level

Yikes.

According to Vogue, true crime is sexy. Or at least the Manson Family murders are.

This week, the publication came under fire for a tone-deaf Instagram post that linked the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family murders to the revival of 60’s beauty trends. 

Oh dear. Credit: Giphy

“With this summer marking the 50th anniversary of the Manson family murders and the tragic death of Sharon Tate, the catalyst for the ‘60s revival is a secret to no one,” Vogue Beauty captioned a photo of singer Jorja Smith. “Tap the link in our bio to see how five It girls have modernised throwback looks.”

Followers were quick to poke fun and point out that modelling a beauty look off a woman who was murdered while eight months pregnant 50 years ago is in poor taste, to say the least. 

It’s a cringeworthy moment, and sadly, it’s not Vogue’s only blunder. Another Instagram picture posted just four days ago is captioned, “The ‘60s are back. Whether a referential ode to Sharon Tate, or simply capturing the spirit of her defining decade, tap the link in our bio for a round-up of ‘60s-inflected beauty looks have been everywhere of late.”

Following the backlash, Vogue were quick to delete the initial post and reword the article to reference Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the reason for Sharon Tate being “thrust back into the collective conscious.” 

Screenshots live forever. Credit: @Diet_Prada Instagram Stories

To be fair, the tragic death of Sharon Tate has been thrust back into the collective conscious with Margot Robbie’s portrayal of her in Tarantino’s film, but does that mean we should be glorifying the murders, or worse, drawing inspiration from them for this summer’s hottest look? 

Sharon Tate might’ve been a public figure, but her death was tragic and impacted far more than winged eyeliner. A decade after her murder, Tate’s mother, Doris, organised a campaign that amended California criminal law in response to the “cult status” of killers and the possibility of them being granted parole. Doris once said, “If, in my work, I can help transform Sharon’s legacy from murder victim to a symbol of victims’ rights, I will have accomplished what I set out to do.”

Doris Tate. Credit: Paul Harris/Getty Images

After hearing this, perhaps it’s best we draw beauty inspo from fashion icons who weren’t brutally murdered.

Would You Shine A Torch In Your Face To Zap Acne? It’s Safer Than What Influencers Are Flogging

Beauty is pain.

The lengths beauty gurus will go to to nail that perfect no filter ~lewk~ are endless. In recent years, we’ve seen beauty ‘grammers suffer through painful charcoal peels, slather algae and snail mucus on their mugs, and even spend the equivalent of their remaining HECS debt on 24K gold face masks. 

Beauty is pain. Credit: Giphy

If you’ve been curiously observing the Insta beauty community as closely as I reluctantly do, there’s no doubt you would’ve also seen these hectic Ned Kelly-inspired Neutrogena acne face masks popping up on your feed. Well, turns out they’re actually quite harmful and are being recalled for potential eye damage. Yikes.

In a statement, Neutrogena said the decision to recall the masks “is being made out of an abundance of caution.” Apparently, the masks are safe to use once a day, but for a “small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions,” as well as those who are taking medications that enhance photosensitivity, “there is a theoretical risk of eye injury.”

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Association have spilled the tea on the situation, saying in a statement that it has been identified that “repeated exposure may cause varying degrees of retinal damage that could be irreversible and could accelerate peripheral vision impairment or loss.” Double yikes.

According to Neutrogena, the mask uses “red and blue lights to combat two of the major factors that contribute to acne: bacteria and inflammation.” The official website states that you’ll see results in as little as one week, with results improving over time. But, you could also go blind.

Nope. Credit: Giphy

So, basically, you’re better off grabbing your emergency torch from the garage and holding it against your cheek for a few minutes than investing in one of these puppies. Quite clearly, the lesson here is: just because someone on Instagram is flogging it, doesn’t mean you should spend your hard-earned cash on it. Period. 

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