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Ana Marcelo, an agroindustrial engineer from the city of Esteli, poses with the crown after being chosen Miss Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Marcelo was crowned in front of a limited audience (two people per contestant spaced safely) plus a production crew of 85. The masks were off the contestants, but the judges wore them and were spaced at a safe distance. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference. And when eight contestants vying to be Miss Nicaragua did finally start in-person practices, they did so with masks covering their...

A skin lightening mask is applied to the face during a demonstration for the Associated Press Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at the Skin and Body International Centre in Lenasia, Johannesburg. For years, cosmetics giants Unilever and L’Oreal have marketed skin whitening creams to women across the globe with less-than-subtle ads promoting “fair skin” as more desirable than naturally darker shades. In the wake of mass protests against racial injustice in the U.S., these corporations are re-branding their skin lightening products in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but for generations of women raised on their messaging, the new marketing is unlikely to reverse deeply rooted prejudices around “colorism”, the idea that fair skin is better than dark skin. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

'Whitening' creams undergo a makeover but colorism persists

Jul. 28, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's biggest cosmetics companies have been selling a fairy tale that often goes something like this: If your husband's lost interest in you, if your colleagues dismiss you at work, if your talents are ignored, whiten your skin to turn your love life around, boost...