Word of the Day: hegemony

Word of the Day: hegemony

1. influence or authority held by one group that is exerted upon another group

2. the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others


The word hegemony has appeared in 57 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 23 in “The Beauty of 78.5 Million Followers” by Vanessa Grigoriadis:

The primary innovations, now, are less technological than cultural. And many of these changes are far overdue. The beauty industry has long exhibited devotion in its advertisements to what was once seen as the blond, blue-eyed American ideal, with the occasional woman of color thrown in (Eva Longoria). Fracturing this hegemony required someone extraordinary from outside the system to exert pressure on gatekeepers, and by that I mean Rihanna.

In 2017, when Rihanna and LVMH started the makeup line Fenty (Rihanna’s surname), she pushed the concept of creating foundations that actually matched the color of your skin. This was something beauty conglomerates had the practical capacity to do for decades but often didn’t, choosing instead to make women like me, with dark olive skin, paint from the same palette as Caucasians from Northern Europe …

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