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Allure is an American women's magazine focused on beauty, published monthly by Conde Nast in New York City. It was founded in 1991 by Linda Wells. Michelle Lee replaced Wells in 2015. A signature of the magazine is it's annual Best of Beauty awards—accolades given in the October issue to beauty products deemed the best by Allure's.

Part of the piece written by Julee Wilson for Huffpost when Allure was critized about Teaching White Women How To Get An Afro:

Once again, cultural appropriation is igniting a flurry of controversy -- and for the umpteenth time, the case relates to black women's hair. Allure magazine finds itself in the middle of a stormy response to a hair tutorial published in its August 2015 issue titled, "You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro.*" The asterisk reads: "even if you have straight hair." The tutorial features photos of a white actress, Marissa Neitling of "The Last Ship," and supplements a beauty feature called "Back To Cool" by Danielle Pergament. For the story, hairstylist Chris McMillan transforms the tresses of five Hollywood actresses into hairdos popularized in the '70s: the bowl cut, soft bends, long bangs and an Afro.

It's no surprise that the article, presumably aimed toward white women, is causing quite the commotion. Considering the importance of the Afro to the African-American cultural identity and its politically charged history, there are several reasons this editorial has rubbed folks the wrong way.

"The issue with the Allure feature goes beyond the routine criticism for not using an obviously black woman and the missed opportunity to reach beyond what clearly must be a predominately lily-white readership and offer tips to black women on how to style their afros rather than steal a style not meant for them," reads the reaction of editors at, who along with the folks at were among the first to spot the editorial. "Black women didn’t start wearing Afros to be cute," they note.

The Afro style in particular would have been an amazing opportunity to use a black actress, and yet there were no actresses of color used in the feature. We were reminded of the recent situation in which Teen Vogue was criticized for using a white model to showcase Senegalese twists. An Allure spokesperson told The Huffington Post the piece reflects the level of self-expression "happening in our country today": "The Afro has a rich cultural and aesthetic history. In this story we show women using different hairstyle as an individual expressions of style. Using beauty and hair as a form of self-expression is a mirror of what's happening in our country today. The creativity is limitless -- and pretty wonderful." But notably, that appreciation of the Afro's "rich cultural and aesthetic" history wasn't mentioned in the piece, so paying homage to its beauty by offering steps for white women to emulate it without the appropriate historical context and respect is problematic. The tutorial also uses the derogatory term "rag curls" in reference to manipulating hair into an Afro. Again, we cringe. The line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation is not blurred -- it has been crossed. At the very least, the poor choice of wording and use of a white model is due to bad editing or a likely lack of diversity at the decision-making level. Had Allure referenced its adoration for the Afro, perhaps this feature wouldn't be coming under quite as much fire. McMillan, the hairstylist who worked on the feature, told The Huffington Post that the use of the Afro on a white woman was inspired by Barbara Streisand in the movie "A Star Is Born." He also said that he's surprised by the negative response and wanted to read more about the controversy surrounding the Allure feature. "I learned how to do hair from the African American girls in beauty school and they taught me more about hair than anybody," McMillan said. "And I do black hair."


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Marketing Coordinator (Current Employee) says

"The 5 stars are fabricated! The manager will ask people to make up reviews. You will be lied to and manipulated throughout your working days. If you like drama work here! People will throw you under the bus any chance they get. The pay is awful and you will never go anywhere in the company besides in circles. Cons: drama"

Technician (Current Employee) says

"This place needs to be shut down. So much fraud, dishonesty, and distrust. This place is toxic with backstabbing women. The minute anybody feels as if their job is being jepordized they will throw you under the bus. Don't trust anybody here. It's a joke and so is the system. You can do what you want, no titles, no management. No one to go too. No one to go to and trust. Who is a leader there? I feel bad for the patients. Cons: To many chiefs"

Registered Vascular Technologist (Former Employee) says

"Please if you are an ethical medical professional, then don't work here. Allure is all about making money and puts patients in danger. There is NO training unless you kiss up to superiors. Very unorganized and not accredited by the IAC!!! Cons: The whole company"

Medical Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"Very unorganized company. Management is non-existent."

Medical Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"I would not recommend applying for this company. It took four months after interview to get a hire date. Then they need you to fly to training in another state, with no warning. It takes months to get reimbursed for travel expenses. It took multiple emails to get signed up for benefits after probationary period. It took just as long to get started as it did to be let go. Dont get sick, although they need doctor statements, they will let you go even with proof of being at the doctors. Being let go came with no warning. No verbal, or write up, nothing. The front desk only has two desktop computers with four people covering front desk, they issue each employee a iPad but you cant do everything on the ipad to complete your every day task for your job, the desktop computer is the same way. They didnt even pay for the full Microsoft 10 subscription. Not enough equipment or workspace to work, or complete the task at hand. Not a credited. Too many chiefs, with no actual job title. They opened multiple clinics and hired more people and not enough patients to work your full scheduled work day always sent home. All about money and more money. Free lunches is a joke. No consideration for food allergies. The lunches looked like lunchables. If you dont eat the lunches somebody will order in your name so they can eat it or take it home. Not worth the opportunity, training, advancements are a joke. If you get caught smoking or come into work smelling like smoke even if you dont smoke, you can be terminated per employee handbook. I have never worked anywhere like this company. Cons: No breaks except lunch. Training is awful."

Registered Vascualr Technologist (Former Employee) says

"The tech in Greenville SC can’t be bothered to teach you, so when you’re new, you constantly travel and live out of hotels. No prior warning to plan these trips and get your life in order at home. No two offices are run the same or adhere to policy. They’re cliquey, rude, and do not follow any rules. They preach culture, failing forward, and teamwork. However, it is the complete opposite. They do not care about the patient. They care about the money. The actual policies, protocols, and procedures change so often nothing goes right. They say they promote health, far from it. Unprofessional and unorganized. Poor patient care, poor time management, poor quality work environment all around. Cons: Policies, procedures, travel, fellow employees and management"

Medical Assistant (Current Employee) says

"This company is a big scam, and fake. They make it seem like opportunity awaits but as soon as you are focus on a goal they change it. I hate it here there is no structure, management is always in a meeting and nothing really get accolmplished. I am just here for my paycheck to take care of my kids. Cons: changes in bonuses, no true management, judgemental coworkers"

Miscellaneous (Former Employee) says

"There isn't a typical work day in this company. Every day employees are placed in a different areas to work. Sometimes they are used in more than one area in a day. There are only a handful of co-workers that are genuine. The vast majority are caddy, back stabbing, gossipy women. There isn't any formal training for new employees. Employees who have only been there a few weeks themselves are expected to do the training. Maybe the reason why there isn't any formal training in place is because not many employees make it past a few weeks before they quit. The most enjoyable part of the job is dealing with the customers. This company does not want to hire genuine people, it is more interested in hiring robots to assist in generating and hitting high quotas. Cons: unorganized, high turn over rate. many back stabbing, gossiping employees. Most employees work there just to get the benefit of having procedures done."

Registered Vascular Technologist (Former Employee) says

"If you have any ethical values and are a vascular technologist please be very careful here. This facility is not accredited by the IAC. My experience with this company was not a pleasent one. Everyday you come into work wondering who will be fired next. Very unsettling. Very high turn over rate with people of not much seniority training new people which leaves it difficult to figure out if you are being trained correctly. Then that same person who trained you may be fired shortly after. Cons: Breaks cut short, high turn over"

Medical Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"I had a bad experience working here. It's a fast paced office with no one in charge and no one to train the new employees. You are given 30 days to learn the system without training or you are walked out. I wouldn't recommend anyone to work here. They are unorganized and have no regard for their employees. They also have a very high turnover with most have employees less then 6 months on the job. Cons: Short lunch breaks, bad management, no training, understaffed"

Clinical (Current Employee) says

"With no real management in place the environment is chaotic and changing daily. There is no one accountable for each “team” and staff is unsure who to voice concerns to. You are expected to cross train into multiple positions with zero compensation. You are also expected to train new employees or current employees year round with zero compensation. There is absolutely no job security."

Private (Former Employee) says

"There is a clique of people that are executives and other various levels that are always the ones who get to go to the fun seminars and activities. Besides the people I directly worked with, the higher ups had no idea about the work I did and I never felt appreciated. The company doesn't have managers which is a joke because there is no structure or accountability. Basically if you are good at selling cosmetic services you'll be good even if you're not a good employee. Cons: Too much stress"

Registered Vascular Technologist (Former Employee) says

"This place is all about making money and has very little ethics towards patients. It really is all about how many patients they can get in a day to make the most money. They hire sonographers that do not even have their license to work, (RVT or RVS). Also, the environment is very cliquey. The place isn't even accredited and I would not suggest working here if you are a registered tech. Work at a hospital instead. Cons: short breaks, no ethics, all about money"

Front Desk Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"I was a past employee at Allure Medical. It once was a wonderful facility until expansion started. The business is messy and very shady. Constantly hiring people then firing them within a month or so. Opening new offices then they soon close after due to “no Revenue. Heard horror stories of their FDA studies and if they were legitimate. Don’t waste your money. Cons: Unorganized, busy, scary"

Medical Assistant (Former Employee) says

"The free lunches and job flexibility were great but the uncertainty of what office you will be working at was exhausting. Staff was not the friendliest at most offices. Cons: Travel between offices, unfriendly staff"

Medical Assistant (Former Employee) says

"A job full of women.. You can only imagine it from there. There are no “labels” but higher management talked down to you and treat you like you’re less. Expect to be talked about. Cons: rude employees"

Clerical (Former Employee) says

"The job task itself was satisfying although I didn't receive much training. I found it difficult to communicate with some in my department as they were unprofessional, judgmental and negative. Some backstabbing and gossiping employees mixed with a number of employees who are thoughtful, respectful and collaborative. Cons: Too many egos and unprofessionals in high positions"

Medical Assistant (Former Employee) says

"No raises at this place. You may advance but your pay does not.. Who wants to make $15/hr forever? Very unmotivating for anyone to want to stay long term. Training could also be better/more uniformed."

Medical Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"beautiful office space! great concepts for patient care and work culture but poorly executed. initial training was frustrating due to constant changing practices, lack of clear leadership caused A LOT of miscommunication and tension between employees which would then cause a stressful work enviornment, and some employee perks/benefits offered upon hire were not the same after"

Front Desk/Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"Overall understanding and helpful work environment which consist of: answering phones, helping and answering questions of the customers and Providing refreshments and pleasant conversation for the guest. Cons: Temporary position"

Former Employee - Account Executive says

"I worked at Allure Marketing Group full-time for less than a year Cons: Horrific pay, 12-hour workdays, toxic positivity work culture, and the management don't listen to subordinates. It is more of a cult than a workplace. I got out of there in two weeks."

Former Employee - Corporate Trainer says

"I worked at Allure Marketing Group full-time for less than a year Cons: It's a very hard out door sales job. You don't get paid until your account gets paid on which could be up to three weeks after you make a sale. Your check will be between $80 and $200 depending on how much you sale because it is all commission. Hours are 7AM - 7PM, Monday-Friday and you have Saturday morning meetings."

Former Employee - Project Manager says

"I worked at Allure Marketing Group full-time for less than a year Cons: Visiting the office will tell you this is clearly not a place of business. It’s a pyramid scheme."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Allure Marketing Group full-time Cons: competitive, hard, aggravating. not enough pay"

Former Employee - Crew Trainer says

"I worked at Allure Marketing Group part-time for less than a year Cons: SCAM - you work on pure compensation so they tell you then after 6 weeks to 2 months of working you get a check if you harass them they write you off hoping you'll quit. When you finally get that check don't expect more than 200 dollars sadly. Spent more on the monthly allowing me just to work and visit separate locations to actually make those deals that I never saw a penny from -_-"

Current Employee - Marketing says

"I have been working at Allure Marketing Group part-time for less than a year Cons: No benefits, nothing, very disorganized"

Current Employee - Corporate Trainer says

"I have been working at Allure Marketing Group full-time for more than a year Cons: Where do I start -100% Commission. The company has a pay structure so if you make a certain amount of sales you get a dollar amount for each sale. - Walking door to door - You're given a territory somewhere in NYC and you have to walk from business to business to either sign them up or make their first sale. BTW even in the snow, cold, rain, you are excepted to walk all day. - They don't even give a metro card! You leave your house to go to the office( at 7:45) that's 1 swipe, once at the office you have to go to your territory that's 2 swipes, around 5ish you have to leave your territory and go back to the office that's your 3 swipe, once you are at the office and they go over the day you're free to go home after . - They believe if you don't make sales you didn't work hard enough. That is not always the case sometimes people don't want random people walking into their business to try and sell them something. - Pyramid scheme - On Thursday it is team night and if you don't go, you're looked at as not a team player - People leave every day - No benefits, so if you get sick walking outside ALL DAY, NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS OUTSIDE, you better have insurance and hope you don't get a cold. ***When applying to jobs and you see either address 333 W39 Street or 690 8th Ave. RUN!!! They're all 100% commission, door to door sales jobs. ******* The list can go on! I am a trainer now, but as soon as something comes better - See Ya!"

Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant says

"I have been working at Allure Marketing Group full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Everything is a sham"

Former Employee - Sales Associate says

"I worked at Allure Marketing Group part-time for less than a year Cons: there are far too many to list"

Former Employee - Marketing says

"I worked at Allure Marketing Group full-time for less than a year Cons: it is a sales job which mean it is commission base no base salary at all, and yet they claim they are hiring whatever online but it is not true, it is a SCAM"

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