Yara Shahidi has been named the latest ambassador of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. In an interview with Teen Vogue, she talked about what the brand means to her and some of the struggles she's had. 

She mentioned that people in her family have been using Bobbi Brown for years and that she's very supportive of the brand's shade expansion. Another big topic of discussion? Shahidi's natural how, and the criticism she's faced for her hair texture in her industry. Some people haven't supported her wearing her hair naturally, but all of this opens the door to a bigger conversation. Black women's hair has been discriminated against for years, and the makeup industry is not an exception.

Yara Shahidi Is the new face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. 

Shahidi recently sat down with Teen Vogue to talk about why she loves the brand and its products. She said that she's proud that the brand is expanding its shade ranges and that her family has been using its products for years. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics was focusing on inclusivity far before Fenty Beauty, which widely popularized the 40-shade foundation range standard, launched, Shahidi noted.

Shahidi lamented about how difficult is used to be for her to find foundation that matched her skin tone.

It's specifically mentioned in her Teen Vogue interview that the Bobbi Brown Longwear Weightless Foundation expansion is focus on adding varying undertones to the brand's already-wide shade range. 

That seems to be important to Shahidi, who has a long relationship with makeup. She said she began using makeup around age 11, when her acting career took off. But she had to make sure her "relationship with makeup was on my own terms."

She also discussed about how hair is another barrier for black women. 

Shahidi mentioned that she first noticed that black women weren't a part of "mainstream beauty" when she entered the media industry at a young age. She she had to straighten her hair, and random people would tell her that they liked her hair "better" when it was straight, a commonplace experience for black women. Specifically, she mentions the "criminalization of black hair." 

Black hair is still seen as taboo in many workplaces.

Black hair comes in all different textures, sizes, and styles. But it has also been deemed unprofessional in workspaces predominately run by white men. Comments about natural hair being "unprofessional" stem from racism and the stereotype that natural hair is dirty or wild. 

Shahidi, however, had a lot of positive, black influences growing up. 

She told Teen Vogue about how seeing her mother in TV commercials and being in a family with "amazing" black women helped her have a positive self-image. She said she didn't watch TV too much growing up and that she preferred outlets like books that were more inclusive to begin with. She only wanted to consume media "that reflected our nuance or beauty or complexity."

The makeup industry, historically speaking, hasn't been very inclusive of women of color.

Have you ever heard the term "casket ready?" That's pretty much what the above picture represents. Foundation shades that match deeper skin tones have been hard to come by since the dawn of time, and this photo is mere proof of the strides the beauty industry has needed to take.

Plenty of makeup brands have been called out for not being inclusive in the past six months alone.

Take IT Cosmetics for example. The brand is pretty much known for not having any shades darker than cardboard, but it looks like it's trying to be more inclusive lately. Its latest foundation has 48 shades. That's great and all, but keep in mind that providing more shades doesn't make a brand more inclusive. Deep shades are useless if they don't come in the same variety of undertones light-skinned customers are given.

Most brands simply just don't provide shades that are dark enough.

I don't know if makeup brands know that people with dark skin exist, but they're here, and they always have been. Dark-skinned people wear makeup, too, just in case you weren't aware. But luckily there are more and more brands coming out with a more inclusive range that can cater to people of all shades. Brands like Fenty Beauty, Beauty Bakerie, and Nars are known for their inclusivity. 

Bobbi Brown's never had this problem, of course.