Beauty Fix, BBC Sounds
Our idea of beauty has changed in the past couple of decades.
Plus size models are now a fixture of high street fashion brands and women’s magazines have cooled with talk of looking like a supermodel 24/7.
Who could be bothered with that anyway?
A new podcast is examining the way we see beauty these days.
Beauty Fix is hosted by plus-size model and author Naomi Shimada, who has starred in campaigns for the like of John Lewis.
“So often when we speak about beauty, it’s about glamour, hair, make-up and the aesthetics of someone’s face,” says Naomi. “But beauty to me is something so intrinsic, something that comes from so deep within us and exudes out, which makes everyone beautiful in their own way.
“I’m hoping that’s what people hear in the podcast – stories of survival from different people, all finding their own ways to feel beautiful, by feeling free to be themselves.”
In each episode Naomi will delve behind the selfies and meet the models, influencers and campaigners who know how to get their beauty fix, while showing that beauty is anything but, well, fixed.
The podcast will explore some of the most pressing representation issues in the fashion and beauty industry, as each week Naomi and her guest share what beauty really means to them.
One of her interviewees so far is Queer Eye star Tan France.
He seems impeccable when he stars in the hit Netflix show but Tan reveals his insecurities growing up in England.
Tan, who is from an Asian background, was so ashamed of his skin he admits to using lightening products. Naomi Shimada and Tan are now challenging that trend in the wider beauty industry.
The Aria Code, Spotify
The Aria Code is a podcast that pulls back the curtain on some of the most famous arias in opera history, with insight from the biggest voices of our time, including Roberto Alagna, Diana Damrau, Sondra Radvanovsky, and many others.
Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens invites a wealth of guests to understand and explore why these arias touch us at such a human level.
Astray, Apple Podcasts, Spotify
How far would you go for enlightenment? Westerners have long been drawn to the spiritual mystique of India but while many find what they’re looking for and return home, some vanish without a trace or even end up dead.
Astray investigates those who pay the ultimate cost in search of spiritual awakening. Includes the case of Ryan Chambers, who disappeared in 2005.
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