THE BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL BEAUTY BOOK by Melba Miller

THE BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL BEAUTY BOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ms. Miller's Beauty Book stresses ""natural beauty"" for the black teenage girl -- the beauty achieved through good health and diet, and cleanliness. However, health, diet, cleanliness, exercise and fashion problems are not unique to the black teenager and the author could have paid more attention to those that are, such as hair and skin care and cosmetics. Definitions of makeup basics are given but would be more helpful if offered with suggestions on the new products for black women. The section of hair-care leaves too many unanswered questions -- there's a lot more to be said about Afro-care and cornrowing (which is given a scant paragraph). Lorenzo Lynch's drawings aren't much help either -- exactly where does the blush and shadow go? The whole book is just as sketchy; a good idea that didn't quite get over, and most teens could easily do better with some of the ""adult"" material available for black women. (It wouldn't have hurt if one chapter had been directed to the boys) Still, in the absence of competition at this very easy level, the book may be a useful beginning.

Pub Date: March 5th, 1975
Publisher: Prentice-Hall