Ok, so this is probably just going to be a rant about why I think this particular media publication is crap and full of exploitation. If you don't want to read, stop now.
Dear People Magazine,
You are really far behind in figuring out who is beautiful because ladies of any color already are beautiful, we really didn't need you to make it official. Also, I think it is silly that you are being "praised" for including a black woman in your top line up list. 3 black ladies/25 top beautiful people = 0.12... not the best representation here in today's media.
I think your annual publication about who is beautiful and who is not is a load of B.S. First, If you take a look at your list since 1990, the people listed are all celebrities who have teams of makeup artists, gym coaches, clothes buyers, money, and fame. They already know they are f-ing beautiful, ok?! The world already knows they are beautiful because their fame is constantly shoved in our face and sold as an interest point for money. Maybe it is because I really could give a rat's arse about what celebrity is wearing what overpriced dress or who is having a mental breakdown because of too much pressure or blah blah blah that generally goes with being rich and famous, but I really don't need a bunch of pieces of papers telling me that these are the people who are only ones who are able to make the list of beauty.
I don't even like celebrity gossip or crap (unless they are in a good movie or say something feministy like Jennifer what's her name, but that usually passes over within a matter of minutes... cause you know, I have a real life to deal with rather than talking about which person is dating Johnny Depp. Because, let's be real, the only time I will ever have come close to him was in the D.C. wax museum)
People forgot to cover the story on us dating for a brief period in 2009
but you probably got that from the start. However, this list shows that those who make the top most gorgeous are really just the celebrities they try to throw down our throats each week already. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_(magazine) I look at this list (which was found on the very reliable source of wikipedia...don't judge, it's not a research paper) and even I know who these gals (and guys) are. You have to really shelter yourself from the outside world (which I already try to do) to not know why they are famous or what brought them to the ultimate beauty levels they are at today.
It really just caps off why I especially don't like this media poo you sell. I am glad you are 50 years behind (lets be real, a lifetime) on treating people of color with equality. Now you are using it to profit in 2014- congrats on that sneaky marketing technique you just pulled out!!! It makes me an angry, but motivated person to expose your uninteresting "marketing schemes."
Anywho, to those "winners"- congrats on being beautiful people who have lots of money and fame and fortune because we didn't know about it until People published the article. (Not.)
You know what would be really interesting? If People actually had to WORK to publish their stories about human beings we had never heard of but are doing such interesting research or activism or saving babies (and are not Angelina Jolie because she is an actress and that is the only reason you are publishing the baby saving. There are plenty of people who have way more heartwarming stories about baby saving because it is a lot harder to be an average Joe and get it done... first we don't have a private jet to whisk us over there, or translators, or OK I'll just stop there).
My point is: I am sick of celebrity "news". I am sick of their "beauty" being shoved in our faces and of media profiting from their image exploitation. I am sick of the photos that the media proclaim to be THE ULTIMATE BEAUTIFUL HUMAN IMAGE (heavenly ahhhhhh sound heard now) being photoshopped into things that aren't even the people they are claiming to be the most beautiful. Really, it should be a contest on who can alter the most amazing photograph of a celebrity rather than saying these (flawless) people are the winners. Good luck with all your professional endeavors.