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Photograph by NICHOLAS DEVORE III, National Geographic Image Collection
National Geographic Magazine
February 2020
Redefining Beauty
By Robin Givhan
Who gets to decide what is beautiful?
Photograph by Hannah Reyes Morales

The power of social media and the economics of fashion are helping to create a big-tent culture in which every woman can be celebrated as beautiful. This 27-page special report is part of National Geographic's year-long celebration Women: A Century of Change.

Also in the February 2020 edition of National Geographic:

The end of America's 'original sin' The story – and living legacy – of the last slave ship
Black inventors: a broader view why we must look at lives, not just achievements
Prairie Divide redefining a landscape of the past in the shadow of the present
Flamingo Bob what a rescued bird can teach a new generation about conservation
Cardamom into the jungles of Southeast Asia in search of one of the world's most coveted spices

Plus 

Stormchasers | Tarot's Italian Roots | Blooms that last | Ice climbing

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Beauty | Flamingo Bob | Prairies | Clotilda | Storms | Cardamom
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