Keke Palmer got some things off her chest! The actress opened up about her struggle with adult acne and questioned why doctors haven’t come up with a “cure.”
In a candid video shared via Instagram on Wednesday, August 10, Palmer, 28, told fans she’s “tired” of dealing with the skin condition. “Good morning y’all, I was just thinking about the fact that plastic surgeons are amazing,” the Nope star began.
“They can give you a boob job, liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts … they can even implant muscles, the list goes on, but they can’t figure out how to clear up somebody’s skin?” Palmer asked. “Are you kidding me?”
The Illinois native continued: “All these years and all these inventions, you can’t figure out how to take the beautiful skin from my ass and put in on my face?” She then joked, “I’m tired of it. I’m done with it. People out here with adult acne are struggling, and you haven’t figured out that cure? I’m done.”
Palmer further expressed her pain in the caption, writing: “I woke up and chose VIOLENCE. We want the QUICK FIX as well… My homegirl’s walking out the hospital with a DONK same day. I want INSTANT results too, WHATS TEA???”
She continued: “All these years!! Plastic surgeons, y’all wanna know where the real money at? IN CLEARING UP ACNE.”
The Alice star concluded her message by stressing that she’s over people telling her “find the PERFECT diet” or “get an expensive facial every other day,” adding, “Give us the plastic surgery we’re begging for, and make it possible for black skin as well… I need the dual love.”
Palmer’s followers applauded her post, filling the comments section with praise.
“THIS!!!!!!” one of Palmer’s followers wrote. A second fan commented: “Speaking for us that are struggling Keke.” A third said: “I have to say tho despite these surgeons not having the cure for acne, your skin looks so hydrated, glowy and supple!!!”
This isn’t the first time the movie star has gotten real about her skin issues.
In December 2020, Palmer revealed via Instagram that she was diagnosed with PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. The following year, during a November 2021 appearance on The Tamron Hall Show, she explained how the diagnosis has affected her skin.
“I kind of discovered that that’s what I was dealing with and it answered a lot of the question to, not only why I had acne, but why I grow hair on my face or under my chin, you know I kind of have a low-key beard going on that I have to shave every couple of days,” she told Tamron Hall about her symptoms.
Despite her struggles, Palmer finds it rewarding to share her journey with others.
“It was to empower myself and to give myself the opportunity to say, ‘You know what just own who you are.’ It was like me telling myself, ‘I love you, girl, no matter what. I love you so much that I’m gonna show your whole self to the world and I’m not gonna be afraid,’” she said in the interview. “It was essentially kind of like a selfish act of saying, ‘Hey, I still love myself despite what I may be going through and if you’re going through something like this too, I love you too.’”
When she first shared her diagnosis, Palmer uploaded a series of makeup-free selfies that put her natural skin on display.
“Hey you guys, for some this may be TMI, but for me my platform has always been used for things much greater than me. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea,” she captioned the post.
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Plus Size Model James Corbin on the Power of Walking in Fashion Week
The Fashion Month runways have historically shunned size inclusivity, but the tide is changing slowly but surely. Now, models of all different body shapes appear on the catwalks. Progress in the menswear space, however, has been even more stagnant: This season has seen few plus-sized male models sport the new collections. But during London Fashion Week earlier this month, S.S. Daley’s spring 2023 show featured several plus-size male models—one of which was James Corbin, a 23-year-old London-based model on the rise. Below, Corbin sounds off on the power that came with him walking fashion week, and where he hopes fashion can head in the future.
My family’s Caribbean and Kenyan, but I’m born and bred in London. I grew up in Brixton, around Caribbean and Jamaican people. I never thought of fashion as something that I could be a part of. I’ve always been a big kid, so I thought I had no business thinking about anything in front of the camera.
In the middle of lockdown, I got a DM from a casting director to do a shoot for Vogue Italia. I didn’t think it was real. I was like, I don’t look like a model. It was a shoot about happiness, but I remember having imposter syndrome. We got the shot within a minute. When it came out, it had such a big reaction—it ignited a feeling that I’ve never felt before. I felt useful. I realized that I have a purpose here. It wasn’t just plus-size people I was getting messages from: It was men and women who’ve also had issues with how they see their body.
That shoot led to me reaching out to modeling agencies, and I was just honest. I said, “I want to see a change within fashion.” I got through to the director of [my agency] Supa, and I got signed. I needed somebody who was willing to be an industry groundbreaker—a trailblazer. I immediately started working with Tim Walker and Charles Jeffrey Loverboy; I got the front cover for Perfect magazine within the first few months. I was so grateful, but I was learning along the way that brands still aren’t making clothes for me in my size. When I started asking when I could do runway, I was told, ‘You can’t, because there’s no clothes being made for you.’
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‘Supreme Models’ Tracks the History of the Black Model in Fashion
Thankfully, the days of one or two Black models being the fashion industry’s “It Girl” are gone. There are a growing number of marquee names walking down the runways: Adut Akech, Duckie Thot, Precious Lee, and many others. Sadly, this was not always the case. How did the Black model finally get embraced, and celebrated, by fashion brands and publications?
A YouTube original docuseries from Vogue and The Machine, a production company founded and led by The September Issue director R.J. Cutler, tracks the cultural history of the Black model in fashion. As journalist and author Marcellas Reynolds poignantly explains it, “The history of the Black model—specific to fashion—is actually the history of the Black person in the United States.”
The six-part series is an adaptation of Reynolds’ bestselling book Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, which celebrates these figures through essays, interviews, and photos. The series is rich with personal conversations and testimonials from enduring trailblazers like Iman, Bethann Hardison, Pat Cleveland, Joan Smalls, and more. Fashion industry icons and talent also make appearances, including Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, Zendaya, Olivier Rousteing, and Zac Posen.
There is a focus on shining light on under-discussed pioneering moments for Black voices in fashion. For example: Industry experts reflect on the inspirational ascent of Donyale Luna (who was the first woman of color to ever appear on a Vogue cover). Bethann Hardison provides a firsthand account of what it was like to take part in the historic 1973 fashion show Battle of Versailles. Iman discusses launching a, at the time, revolutionary POC-focused makeup line in 1994 after continually encountering makeup artists and beauty brands that lacked foundation shades suitable for darker skin tones.
Supreme Models, which is part of Youtube’s Black Voices Fund initiative, is a riveting and necessary education on the evolution of meaningful inclusion of POC women in fashion and, simultaneously, the world writ large.
Watch episode one of Supreme Models below:
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Chloé’s Rave-Inspired Metallic Eye Takes Less Than a Minute to Recreate
In Holli Smith’s chair, Angel Prost sat as the hairstylist smoothed Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter through the lower half of her bleached lengths. “Honestly, they just rereleased it—you’re only allowed to buy five at a time,” Smith says of the cult-favorite product, which is regularly sold out. It’s Smith’s solution for creating a slick style with ends that move with the beat. On top, Oribe Volumista gripped hair into a side-parted bang that looked so cool there were already discussions of recreating it for the afterparty. The products, combined, created a “tight” look with “more edge” than floofy, volumized, extension-enhanced hair (continuing the thin hair revival that started on New York’s Eckhaus Latta runway.) Some models had center parts, some had braids, and according to Smith, “side parts need to be re-examined.” Today, she proved that flipping around your style and mixing it up can be the best way to extend a cut. “What I’m trying to do is show how you play with a look—people don’t know how to do that because we’ve been in this raw zone for five years of naturalness, or they get the cut, they get the color, they have extensions, and they never think to play with it.” Treat hair like makeup, she says, and try something for a night out.
And doing exactly that, makeup artist Hannah Murray delivered DIY “extreme silver eye paint” transformations, which turned the old-school Chloé aesthetic on its head. What’s more, is that the look can be accomplished in no time at all. “It takes two seconds, and needs to feel like they’ve done it themselves,” Murray said of the swipes of unbranded silver theatrical paint that she pressed into the inner corners of eyes and swiped onto the outer edges. “There’s a hint of rebelliousness and toughness,” she said. (There’s also an abstract-painting moment happening in Paris, with models at Anne Isabella in silver eye makeup that read like a sheer mask, and chalk-white scatters across faces at Caroline Hu) To chill out icy blondes even more, Murray bleached their eyebrows, and eight models got a grungier, night-after-the-party silver eye, while others like South Sudanese model Bigoa, received glossy lids. Everyone, though, had a strobe cream base of Bobbi Brown Bare Glow Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm to perfect skin, while no one wore mascara, Murray notes—because “that would make it too pretty.”
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