The Business of Beauty is Very Ugly​ | Carrie Hammer | TEDxSantaBarbara

  • Опубликовано: 21 сен 2016
  • Fashion designer Carrie Hammer was shocked to discover the techniques the fashion and beauty industries employ to sell products. She fills us in on the real harm that these do to our psyches and proposes some smart solutions.
    Carrie Hammer started her career as an advertising sales executive and often heard that she should “dress for the job she wanted not the job she had.” This was tough advice to follow as she found a limited selection of fashionable, professional women’s clothing with a contemporary fit. As a solution, she felt she had no choice but to start a line to cater to the underserved professional woman. CARRIE HAMMER launched in 2012 in New York City to critical acclaim to deliver stylish professional wear to women.

    Hammer’s passion extends beyond fashion to empowering women inside and outside of the workplace. This was exemplified in her debut fashion show during New York’s Fashion Week in February, 2014 where she featured “Role Models Not Runway Models,” and included the first ever model in a wheelchair on the runway. Hammer and her clothing line have been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News, Forbes, Good Morning America, Elle, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, to name a few.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 354

  • Samantha Peters
    Samantha Peters 3 дня назад

    I remember the first time I heard kids getting their school photos Photoshopped. I thought "photos are meant to capture are story. You can't remember having acne as a teen if Photoshopping it out."
    My school photo wasn't Photoshopped. My hair was wet on top, so it looked oily. Before hand I had been in the rain.

  • Emma Lu
    Emma Lu 3 дня назад

    She’s wearing a cape bc she’s a hero ❤️😍

  • SoLuVaBle299
    SoLuVaBle299 5 дней назад

    If Hammer turns around I bet there’s an ‘S’ on the back of that amazing cape she’s wearing. Keep making waves until you start a tsunami!

  • diparno dev
    diparno dev 5 дней назад

    True all is true, hard truth
    Love this video ❤

  • Aimee Evans
    Aimee Evans 9 дней назад

    This woman is amazing! And so inspirational!

  • ZackAttack
    ZackAttack 10 дней назад +1

    In the end its *business*

  • Hana Tanana
    Hana Tanana 15 дней назад

    What crazy curly hair, what freckles?

  • Genevieve Tutoriels
    Genevieve Tutoriels 24 дня назад

    Thanks !

  • Marty Novotná
    Marty Novotná 26 дней назад

    This speech is so empowering!!

  • John La Marca
    John La Marca 28 дней назад +1

    You're not overweight or anything and you personally don't need to worry about your looks but I see a lot of these women that will live VERY short lives being over one-hundred pounds overweight and being told that it is "okay"... It is NOT OKAY!!

  • mz molly
    mz molly 28 дней назад

    Hard to believe in her sincerity when she's wearing all that makeup, has her hair done and is wearing that expensive outfit. She's beautiful but nothing seems "natural" about her own self acceptance.

  • 20to1Devotchka
    20to1Devotchka Месяц назад +1

    She sounds very nervous. The audience isn’t making a peep either... which probably isn’t helping

  • Natalie Lou
    Natalie Lou Месяц назад

    It is "beauty FULL" after all.

  • Natalie Lou
    Natalie Lou Месяц назад

    That intro petrified me

  • Carlos Garcia
    Carlos Garcia Месяц назад

    Looks like she's conforming to the beauty industry to me.

  • Asma Haque
    Asma Haque Месяц назад

    Which singer is she talking about? Who got her video removed because of her editing team?

  • umeonisofien chioma natasha Dikio
    umeonisofien chioma natasha Dikio Месяц назад

    why do we live in such a beauty-centric and anti-ageist society

  • Mila Thomas
    Mila Thomas Месяц назад

    Dove try to portray themselves as if they are trying to break down the present beauty standards and give us the illusion of choice, when in reality they are still the same as any beauty company ...

  • myworldlovesme
    myworldlovesme Месяц назад be beautiful is it mean participate in a catwalk?thats what she stressed about...she also doing fashion and beauty business but sell this differently..because she knows that people dont buy what she do,they buy Why she do it.

  • myworldlovesme
    myworldlovesme Месяц назад

    Where is her curly hair,she so proud about?

  • Lady Crystal R
    Lady Crystal R Месяц назад +1

    Yeah, it's Hammer Time girls!!!

  • Peppermint Snowdrift
    Peppermint Snowdrift Месяц назад

    I agree with the underlying message here.

  • deltaxcd
    deltaxcd Месяц назад

    Coming to the show to bash beauty industry with heavy makeup LOL

  • Anabelle Brown
    Anabelle Brown Месяц назад +1

    I hate this. I shouldn’t need to look beautiful. I’m not beautiful and it doesn’t bother me because I don’t care what other people think. In a world where the options are ‘beautiful’ and ‘worthless’ the way to fix it isn’t to expand the definition of beautiful.

  • Jo Andrews
    Jo Andrews Месяц назад

    My husband tells me EVERY day that I am beautiful. I feel beautiful.

  • zucc for v buck
    zucc for v buck Месяц назад

    I mean over 80% of my income goes towards fashion, makeup, and beauty so that makes sense. Btw I’m 15 and I live at home and have a pretty basic job

  • Kirstin Brown
    Kirstin Brown Месяц назад

    Just want to say that her message isn't written off just because she is wearing makeup and has straightened her hair. You can believe you're beautiful but still dress up and enhance that beauty. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I have a skin condition called Rosacea, which makes the skin on my face sensitive and bright red, and I often embrace my natural skin but sometimes I put on a little make up to make it a little less noticeable. There's nothing wrong with that, it doesn't mean I don't think I'm beautiful.
    And about her comparing her curly hair to her friends disability- She wasn't placing her insecurities about her hair to that model's disability, she was making the point that her wheelchair shouldn't define her or hold her back, just as curly hair or freckles shouldn't either. Everyone has insecurities, some more serious than others, she was just saying that we shouldn't let them define us no matter how big or small they are.
    I definitely think her talk could've been better, I think she should've went into more depth about natural beauty and she should've showed a more diverse set of models. But at the end of the day, she is still spreading a good message. We are all beautiful in our own ways and we all deserve to feel beautiful.

    • Beethoven’s Fidelio
      Beethoven’s Fidelio 8 дней назад

      Kirstin Brown Curly haired people aren’t systematically oppressed. Curly haired people aren’t being denied housing, jobs, medical care for their curliness.
      Also, she could always straighten her hair, but disabled people can’t stop being disabled. That’s why people got mad at her comparing her hair to being handicapped.

  • June Twenty
    June Twenty 2 месяца назад

    She is talking about Meghan Trainor

  • Matthew Jones
    Matthew Jones 2 месяца назад

    Great talk!

  • SoJustCool
    SoJustCool 2 месяца назад

    i wouldn't have worn red lipstick while making this speech....

  • Simone S
    Simone S 3 месяца назад

    CEO’s, philanthropists, doctors, and handicapped women are still not representative of the average population. "Professional" women are not only the rich ones, at the top of the pyramid.

  • handel
    handel 3 месяца назад +1

    great speech but i missed her talking about how society reduces women to their looks and the background why women invest that much in beauty (guess its the same but sounds goood)

  • jurysdykcja
    jurysdykcja 3 месяца назад +1

    Gaussian curve. Beauty is an extremity in the looks department. It is the top of the tops. If we are all beautiful, then the word looses its meaning. Are we all tall? Are we all intelligent? Nope. And we are not all beautiful. 4 in 100 seems actually like a decent evaluation of the actual condition.

  • angolangel
    angolangel 3 месяца назад

    I feel beautiful. Some days I don't look my best, but overall I've pretty much always thought I was beautiful. Not in a conceited way. I don't think I'm MORE beautiful than most other women I know. I don't think the fact that I'm beautiful makes me better than anyone else, and I certainly don't think my beauty is the most important or most interesting thing about me. But I do like the way I look in general, and I'm usually happy when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror or in a store window. I always thought this was pretty normal (especially since, like I said, I think many, many women are at least as beautiful as I am). Now I feel kind of weird about it though...

  • Erin Laemmle
    Erin Laemmle 3 месяца назад +1

    People must agree on what’s beautiful for some reason! Blue is blue for some reason! It ain’t going to change the facts! You can say life is an illusion and nothing matters, like the “new agers” like to say, but we are in fact matter and that’s the reality we live in. So I don’t agree with this.

  • Dee
    Dee 3 месяца назад

    I love her outfit.

  • OG Buck #Hankblock
    OG Buck #Hankblock 3 месяца назад

    Wheelchair milf lady is cute tho

  • Irene Martinez
    Irene Martinez 3 месяца назад


  • brightbite
    brightbite 3 месяца назад +14

    People are inherently pretty- all of them. I stopped buying magazines when I realized they were nothing but ads that I was paying for and a waste of trees. I began to see makeup as a tool to express and enhance my strengths, not "fix" the "weaknesses." Wear what you like. If it ends up in a magazine, so what.

  • ivy hothot
    ivy hothot 3 месяца назад +1

    Whoop! Whoop!

  • Amelia N
    Amelia N 3 месяца назад


  • Amanpreet Kaur
    Amanpreet Kaur 4 месяца назад

    Good topic to talk about

  • Llyyn
    Llyyn 4 месяца назад +2

    No capes!!!

  • Samantha Thompson
    Samantha Thompson 4 месяца назад

    I care about is if a clothing brand is fairly made. If there are women and children who are working in sweat shops overseas for an unfair wage then I don't want to buy it. I would like to know whether the clothing itself was made ethically and sustainably. I can't find that on the page, only this model empowerment stuff. What do the profits go towards? Perhaps women's charity groups?

    • Thumb Print
      Thumb Print 3 месяца назад

      Samantha, I think she runs a fashion business.

  • Rei Ella
    Rei Ella 4 месяца назад +2

    I adore the girl I am in love with natural curly hair, big bright eyes and freckles.. wtf

  • V for vendetta
    V for vendetta 4 месяца назад

    Shes literally gorgeous df

  • Rory Nowlin Art
    Rory Nowlin Art 4 месяца назад

    What? My first thought is why is she wearing makeup herself? She’s supporting an unrealistic idea of beauty.

  • Just Me
    Just Me 4 месяца назад +12

    Why are so many people complaining that she straightens her hair and is wearing makeup? Why do we automatically criticize a women for how she chooses to present herself instead of listening to her message? Why is there an ultimatum for women to either please others with their appearances or choose not to express themselves through clothes and makeup at all (which is another form of pleasing others with their appearance)?

    • Beethoven’s Fidelio
      Beethoven’s Fidelio 8 дней назад

      Sarah Washington Thanks

    • Chief Purrfect
      Chief Purrfect 8 дней назад +1

      +Beethoven’s Fidelio While I will agree that how you choose to present yourself does matter because it builds your image- and that we are designed to notice these things- I can tell you she didn't "spend hours getting ready". Besides, even if she did you don't have to show up looking like a cave troll in order to point out that the beauty industry sets impossible standards. The point of this speech wasn't that we shouldn't dress up or take care of our looks. If you think her looks invalidate her point then you haven't got the point.

    • Sarah Washington
      Sarah Washington 11 дней назад +1

      Beethoven’s Fidelio yesss

    • Beethoven’s Fidelio
      Beethoven’s Fidelio 4 месяца назад +1

      Just Me Because at the end of the day, looks still matter, and complaining about how society over-emphasizes beauty, while also spending hours to get ready renders the speech useless.

  • Skye blue16
    Skye blue16 4 месяца назад +5

    I'm like is she gonna show visuals??

  • Windy Nicely
    Windy Nicely 4 месяца назад

    I'd be easier to belive her if she didn't reinforce beauty standards through her appearance. It's about walking your talk.

  • andthenifellinlove
    andthenifellinlove 4 месяца назад +1

    Yes, yes, yes!

  • Epic Bunny
    Epic Bunny 4 месяца назад +25

    Not trying to be a Negative Nelly-her intentions are good, and maybe she will make a dent in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, the men who control the fashion and beauty industries are not going to change. (And I use the term “men” loosely) Everything will go on as before.
    She started strong, but the message got muddled in the middle. Women and girls today need to put down the glossy magazines, social media, and everything being force fed through the tell-lie-vision. Shocker-most men enjoy a natural-looking woman. This is a complicated issue, but it can change with mothers helping their girls to realize that brains, intelligence, individuality, and kindness produce a beauty that enhances them from within. Sorry, rant over! Off of the soapbox now..😂 Have a great day!

    • Laurel KE Rossow
      Laurel KE Rossow 3 месяца назад +5

      A couple steps in the right direction is still heading in the right direction.

  • Paige Heartly
    Paige Heartly 4 месяца назад

    What If I was made for you and you were made for me what if this is it what if it’s meant to be what if I ain’t one of them fools just playin some game

  • kuhu jain
    kuhu jain 4 месяца назад +5

    Why fit in when you're born to stand out.
    I believe that its our flaws that make us different.

  • Caroline Kuschel
    Caroline Kuschel 5 месяцев назад

    dear Beyonce I am SO validated *air punch*

  • o w o
    o w o 5 месяцев назад +40

    The main issue she missed was that we falsely associate beauty with worth and worth with beauty, often talking about "inner beauty" and thinking we're being revolutionary, where really the concept of modern beauty was created by advertisers. The MAIN issue isn't that women don't feel beautiful but that there's a requirement to be conventionally attractive and that not being it leads to negative real life consequences like not getting hired. Because beauty is confused with worth people think them not being seen as beautiful is because they're worthless and that it's a personal failure. That's why they try to change the way they look when really we need to stop taking conventional attractiveness out of the equation of inherent human worth.
    DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS VIDEO BECAUSE IT'S AN AD FOR HER! Saying a rich CEO on the runway, marketing clothing to "working women" with the brand being "natural beauty" is still marketing which is still manipulating. I'm not saying this video is all bad but people need to be more media critical and see that this video is ultimately just at worst a part of the problem and at best one of the steps on a road to something truly good.

  • Janet Steinman
    Janet Steinman 5 месяцев назад +1

    Says nothing new. Still needs to be said.

  • Sophie Glickman
    Sophie Glickman 5 месяцев назад

    This is my favourite talk so far! Also, showing up to a Ted talk in a cape is such a power move

  • Sophie Glickman
    Sophie Glickman 5 месяцев назад

    This is my favourite talk so far! Also, showing up to a Ted talk in a cape is such a power move

  • Sophie Glickman
    Sophie Glickman 5 месяцев назад

    This is my favourite talk so far! Also, showing up to a Ted talk in a cape is such a power move

  • Adox Artist
    Adox Artist 5 месяцев назад +7

    Skewz me?? "My curly hair does not define me." What?! You straighten it! Stop talking. You can't claim a victory over "body shaming" by using your artificially straightened "curly hair" as an example. Sell out.

    • Beethoven’s Fidelio
      Beethoven’s Fidelio 8 дней назад

      Luna Lovegood If she liked being curly, why straighten it?

    • Romeo A.
      Romeo A. 2 месяца назад +1

      Haïr straightens and curled and changes throughout the years, calm down

    • Luna Lovegood
      Luna Lovegood 4 месяца назад +3

      Adox Artist So people have to look the same everyday? People can change their appearance one curly, one day straight, etc.

  • French Toast
    French Toast 5 месяцев назад +2

    I used to photoshop photos. It made me really sad because I would look at those photos and feel so inadequate. It's really the worst when it comes to mental health.

  • El'Dar R.
    El'Dar R. 5 месяцев назад

    Welp, that email made me cry

  • nicky lin
    nicky lin 5 месяцев назад +2

    Im proud to say i fall in the 4% category because for me education is everything. tq for this talk. very uplifting!!!

  • Kati Forbes
    Kati Forbes 5 месяцев назад

    Lovin the cape

  • Katie Allen
    Katie Allen 5 месяцев назад +1

    this sounds like whining

  • Mo Ana
    Mo Ana 5 месяцев назад +1

    I am the 4 percent I guess who loves my beauty ..!!! I do

  • Mo Ana
    Mo Ana 5 месяцев назад +3

    Well I guess I am one of the 4 percent who thinks I am more gorgeous than everyone else ..!!!! So what ..!!!!

  • joan lantis
    joan lantis 5 месяцев назад

    anyone who would give this video a thumbs down is a troll or just a really terrible human being.

  • Offensive Username
    Offensive Username 5 месяцев назад +7

    I'm now ten minutes into the video and still don't know what's she's talking about. The video title doesn't correspond to what she says. She tackles various topics but doesn't go deeper into them. Not what I expect from TEDx.

  • Robert J
    Robert J 5 месяцев назад

    Awesome ted talk! We need more role models

  • s basu
    s basu 5 месяцев назад +3

    What 'crazy curly hair' is she talking about?😉 She has done a lot to look 'acceptable'.. hasn't she?

  • Angel Dominguez
    Angel Dominguez 6 месяцев назад +10

    Love the talk and topic. I must say that from a mans point of view, you ladies do this to yourselves. Most of us men really love you for who you are. I've been married 19yrs, I have two daughters and I have three sisters and all of them are always comparing makeup .

    • Sour Gummy Worms
      Sour Gummy Worms 3 месяца назад +1

      Angel Dominguez totally agree. Us women hold each other to an unachievable standard.

  • Ben Van Graan
    Ben Van Graan 6 месяцев назад +4

    OMG Carrie Hammer......consider my mind altered!!!! I am speechless..

  • 1LaOriental
    1LaOriental 6 месяцев назад +12

    Capitalism is based on the commodification of everything. It is dependent on endless consumption. Not beautiful.

    • LauraBeeDannon
      LauraBeeDannon Месяц назад

      Capitalism is based on free people buying and selling goods and services without interference or coercion. It's an economic system. It's amoral.

  • 1LaOriental
    1LaOriental 6 месяцев назад +4

    It's called Capitalism...

  • Jenn Truong
    Jenn Truong 6 месяцев назад +20

    I always knew about photoshopping but wow, this video explains how deep this goes. That is why I asked my wedding photographer when I renewed my vows last June not to Photoshop my photos too much because I wanted the images to still look like me :)

    • unimportant stuff
      unimportant stuff Месяц назад +1

      They're not allowed to photoshop photos without permission??

  • nathan Harvey
    nathan Harvey 6 месяцев назад +7

    The entire makeup industry is built upon the lie that women aren’t naturally beautiful. She doesn’t grasp what she is saying.

  • Fergal Downes
    Fergal Downes 6 месяцев назад

    Hey there buddy, extremely good stream that you have here. I subscribed.

  • Lyric Tiana
    Lyric Tiana 7 месяцев назад +3

    It's just bragging. No content.

  • Janette Jack
    Janette Jack 7 месяцев назад +3

    I have always idolised old Hollywood actresses not anyone current .
    No Photoshop or computer manipulation.

  • Turquoise Snowflake
    Turquoise Snowflake 7 месяцев назад

    I've learned a long time ago that I don't want to be pretty.

  • kim love
    kim love 7 месяцев назад

    My life

  • LeaTheDragonFanatic
    LeaTheDragonFanatic 7 месяцев назад +2

    Though I dunno how I didn't fall for this.
    I guess I can just see myself realistically.
    And I just kinda like my messy hair, and I've been called a vampire before.

  • Siobhan Phoenix
    Siobhan Phoenix 7 месяцев назад +18

    She kept mentioning her curly hair....where is it?

  • Immortal Warrior
    Immortal Warrior 7 месяцев назад

    So legit!! I love this! Thank you!

  • Pingu 42
    Pingu 42 7 месяцев назад

    How do I upvote a video 1 000 000 times?

  • Swafflemanish
    Swafflemanish 7 месяцев назад +104

    Not everyone is beautiful, though. And that's the thing-that shouldn't matter. You are worth more than looks. I say this as an average looking and somewhat overweight man, though...probably less pressure on me. But I always feel as though I pale in comparison to other guys looks wise.

    • alina munir
      alina munir Месяц назад +2

      Pretty might be the standard of 'beauty' in industries but beauty is what makes your heart say thanks for a chance to encounter that.

    • alina munir
      alina munir Месяц назад +2

      Beauty is not pretty.

    • Velvet Teddy
      Velvet Teddy 4 месяца назад +24

      I beg to differ. I think everyone is beautiful. Beauty does not have a specific look. The thing is, people are attracted to different things. One girl/guy might be considered more attractive by a group of people than another girl/guy, but that does not mean that either girl/guy is more or less beautiful than the other. It's a matter of beauty vs attraction but attraction is a matter of opinion. What people consider attractive may change over time, does that mean the people who look like what was previously considered attractive are no longer beautiful? No. I agree that we are worth more than our looks but just because you may not fit what you think is the societal standards of beauty (or what the majority think is attractive), it does not mean you are not beautiful.

    • saganist
      saganist 4 месяца назад +9

      Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and moreover, everyone is good at something. It may take a while to find your own strengths as a person and monetize those skills. That's OK. No one deserves to be harassed, bullied or alienated. Everyone can be a contributing member of society in their own way, if they want to and can. If they are not completely disabled or demotivated. Diversity is a beautiful thing, up to a certain point.

  • Stranger Sam
    Stranger Sam 7 месяцев назад +2


  • Muzika Artiztika
    Muzika Artiztika 7 месяцев назад

    I love this ted talk.

  • Amanda Dudley
    Amanda Dudley 8 месяцев назад

    She is a groundbreaking woman and I love that she is not saying: do not wear makeup or straighten your hair, but feel good in your own skin no matter what, do not idolize the ads that target women to be some kind of, unrealistic image --GREAT talk.

  • LoOoL
    LoOoL 8 месяцев назад +16

    how about teaching your child to see validation within and not through someone else or cover?

    • Julia Niel
      Julia Niel 10 дней назад

      +Hitsugix if you teach kids that being pretty is being successful then that will continue to be true

    • Hitsugix
      Hitsugix Месяц назад +2

      You have to teach them both. To treat others with respect it is important to know that beauty is not everything. But to survive in our visual society you have to know about the fact that the more beautiful you are, the higher are your chances to be successful in life. It's sad, but it's true.

  • Hypersomnie
    Hypersomnie 9 месяцев назад +3

    You don't need to feel beautiful on the outside as long as you are beautiful on the inside.

  • Harry A
    Harry A 10 месяцев назад

    Why is she wearing a cape like some sort of detective?

  • antonio vazquez
    antonio vazquez 10 месяцев назад

    Thank you very much professor,for share this great documentary.

  • Rudy Cooper
    Rudy Cooper 10 месяцев назад +4

    They need the bear from movie TED to come here and give speech xD

    • Peppermint Snowdrift
      Peppermint Snowdrift Месяц назад

      I'm starting to think that I'd actually WANT to hear him. LOL! :)

  • Frammyxx locky
    Frammyxx locky 10 месяцев назад

    wow!!! LOVED THIS

  • KashiDean
    KashiDean 11 месяцев назад

    Her speech was so powerful and she's really inspirational. Honestly, the audience was dry as balls; I would be giving her a standing ovation after that.

  • Amo Ramoleko
    Amo Ramoleko 11 месяцев назад

    Loved the talk. The audience is so dead, my goodness. I enjoyed this talk.... lovely 😊

  • Mo Batista
    Mo Batista 11 месяцев назад

    why is she wearing expensive make up then?