• May 21, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 13:23 mins

Guest: Alvaro Jarrin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Much breathless coverage of the royal wedding focused on Meghan Markle’s simple, elegant dress and makeup that “accentuated her natural beauty” as many reports noted. The concept of “natural beauty” is an interesting one. How does a culture decide what’s beautiful? Meghan Markle is beautiful. She’s also bi-racial, which for a long time in the United States would have disqualified her from the ranks of beauty. Sociologist Alvaro Jarrin studies the changing cultural definitions of beauty, with particular emphasis on Brazil, where race and plastic surgery collide in dramatic ways.

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