Here at Sociological Images, we’re interested in how our standards of beauty are based on a European (that is, light-skinned and straight-haired) ideal. See here and here for examples. A reader pointed out that Syesha Mercado, a contestant on American Idol, has been progressively de-ethnicized.

Here is a photo of Syesha from early in the competition:


Here is a photo of her from this week (end of April):

Am I the only one who thinks she looked prettier before?


However, the stylists have thus far let the white kid keep his dreads:


Thanks for pointing this out, pj!