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GQ Magazine is under fire for their latest polling of women. This comes after GQ published race specific categories in their “100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century” poll. The magazine posted race specific categories that caused people to question the magazine’s ethics.
Some of the categories included, “Sexiest Chinese Chick”, “Sexiest Indian Chick” and “Sexiest Pregnant Sri Lankan”. The magazine gave these so called honors to Slumdog Millionaire’s, Freida Pinto ,Ziyi Zhang, and British rapper M.I.A. Critics are not upset with GQ for having categories that praise women of a specific ethnic background.
What the critics are concerned about is that by singling out these women as beautiful, based off of their ethnic background, suggest that women of other ethnic backgrounds are not attractive. Critics feel that it also suggest that certain women are only beautiful within the context of their ethnic background.
On the cover of GQ, Beyoncé is dubbed “Miss Millennium”. Nothing is said about her African American heritage. The same goes for other’s mentioned by the magazine, which includes Mila Kunis, who is Ukranian and Kim Kardashian who’s heritage is Armenian.
Prof. Ruth C. White Ph.D. from Seattle University’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work told Yahoo’s Shine that if the magazine said, “These are all the beautiful women from every country in the world’, that would be a bit different; that’s what the Miss Universe pageant is all about.”
“But by calling out certain women’s ethnicity and not others, what they’re implying is that these women are not beautiful simply because they’re beautiful; they’re only attractive within the context of their own ethnicity. This is qualifying their beauty and dismisses the idea that beauty comes in many different forms.”
Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.