25 most provocative fashion & beauty products
Adidas ‘shackle’ sneakers
When Adidas launched this Jeremy Scott designed sneaker, many fans of the footwear line interpreted the ankle shackle as a historical symbol of African slavery.
Pale skin is prized in China and the Facekini takes sun protection to whole new heights. Available in a rainbow array of colors, it’s a stylish solution for avoiding Vitamin D.
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Dolce & Gabbana earrings
When Dolce & Gabbana sent models down the spring 2013 runway wearing these Blackamoor-inspired earrings, more than a few eyebrows were raised.
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Temporary lip tattoos
We’re crazy for unconventional lip colors, but is there ever a beauty-appropriate time for these patterned press-on puckers by Violent Lips?
Victoria’s Secret Native American outfit
During their annual fashion show, one Victoria’s Secret model outraged onlookers by wearing a Native American headdress.
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Gap ‘manifest destiny’ shirt
A Gap tee-shirt emblazoned with a phrase commonly associated with the genocide of indigenous American people during the 19th century caused major controversy and was pulled from store shelves.
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Earthworm-based wrinkle cream
Made with an extract from earthworm castings (poop!), this gross-sounding beauty product from Greensations is said to work wonders for wrinkles, psoriasis and eczema.
The Ice Bra
Ladies, when baby powder just won’t do, you can combat sweaty cleavage with the Ice Bra. Two ice packs tucked into a fish-motif bra eliminates the need for air conditioning. Who knew?
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The Brazilian blowout
"I have found that the most controversial beauty product would be the Brazilian blow out. Although clients loved the result of their hair from this straightening service, the risk is astronomical. The main ingredient in a Brazilian Blowout is formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen and can cause flu-like symptoms, bloody noses, permanent lung damage, and in the worst cases, even death. Under the FDA, you may have up to 2% formaldehyde in a product, but BB has over 10%.” – Lindsay Quaglia, Director of Education for Essential Salon Products in Holliston, Massachusetts.
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The Kate Middleton ‘sexy dress’
“I think Kate Middleton ‘sexy dress’ is the most controversial dress because it’s now embarrassing for the royal family to acknowledge that Kate may have worn it purposely to attract William's romantic attention. In fact, there are rumors that it was the royal family who bought the original to take it out of sight.” - Carole Lieberman M.D., media psychiatrist and U.S. ‘U.S. Ambassador’ of the dress Kate Middleton wore to catch her prince.