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Must Read: Beauty Companies Are Rethinking (But Not Discontinuing) Skin-Lightening Products, LVMH Prize Set up Grant for Previous Winners

Plus, Veja becomes even more sustainable.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Beauty companies are reexamining their skin lightening products amidst new pressure 
Several beauty companies, including the Indian subsidiary of Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and L'Oréal India have recently vowed to reexamine and rebrand their skin-lightening brands and products, which face renewed criticism both because of the documented negative health effects of skin-lightening formulas, as well as the obvious discrimination inherent to perpetuating a narrow view of fair skin as an ideal beauty standard. Unilever, for one, will drop the "Fair" from "Fair & Lovely," but this step seems underwhelming to some. "Is it enough?" asks Tamison O'Connor for Business of Fashion. Indeed, many consumers are left wondering why these companies don't discontinue these outmoded, harmful, colorist brands and products entirely. The answer is, of course, profit: These products remain popular across African, Asian and Middle Eastern beauty markets. {Business of Fashion}

LVMH Prize sets up grant for previous winners 
The LVMH Prize has awarded more than €1 million in funding to young designers since its inception in 2014. The organization is now offering additional grants — dubbed the Fund in Aid of Young Fashion Designers — to previous winners who have received the Grand Prize and Karl Lagerfeld Innovation Prize. "In these challenging times, the mission of the LVMH Prize in support of young talent is more critical than ever," said Delphine Arnault, the founder of the LVMH Prize and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. "The Fund in Aid of Young Fashion Designers allows the winners to temporarily benefit from essential help in order to sustain their creativity and their brands." {Vogue}

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