A Letter from the Editor: At Length Issue 1 Inclusivity
At Length is a magazine created by Prose. The publication explores the intricacies of hair and all of the ways in which it influences our culture, our daily lives and our personal choices. Below, our Editorial Director, Amanda Flores, explains how we landed on Inclusivity as the theme of our inaugural issue. We’re very excited to share the very first issue of At Length, a magazine designed to broaden the conversation about hair and its impact on you, us at Prose, our community and our culture.
Even when we don’t realize it (or intend for it to be), hair is often the focal point of a visual conversation all around us. Our hair—or sometimes the absence of hair—gives us an opportunity to express our unique selves. And while the choices we make are personal, they can speak volumes to the outside world. It got us thinking. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of a haircut?
That question is rhetorical of course, but it opened up an internal dialogue about self-expression and why it’s so important for the beauty industry to elevate the individual. It’s why we chose inclusivity as the theme of our inaugural issue.
Inclusivity is a hot topic in beauty right now as there’s a lot of work to be done to get to a place where everyone feels that their needs are being heard. Especially when it comes to the types of products available. Prose Director of Research & Development says it best in “When Beauty Gets Personal.” She comments on how the beauty industry got to a place where we thought we were helping people by creating segmented products but, we just ended up putting people into boxes based on hair type or ethnicity. The opposite of what inclusivity in beauty should be.
But beauty, whether it’s in the form of a haircut or a shampoo, isn’t just about tailoring to the individual—it’s about appreciating what makes us all unique.
That’s why we wanted our first issue to honor you, and whatever that might mean. Through open conversation and personal stories, we hope to highlight the great strides we’ve made in allowing for individuality and also to shed light on where we need to see change. Our goal is to bring people together through their uniqueness, and although that might sound like an oxymoron, we’re determined to make it work.
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