Snapchat's Marie Curie Filter Includes False Lashes and Eye Makeup and People Are Upset



Do you see any false lashes here? (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)


On Wednesday, Snapchat found itself in another controversy over one of its filters. The social media service, which caught flack for its Bob Marley filter on April 20 last year, is now under fire due to its International Women’s Day overlays featuring pioneering scientist Marie Curie among other historic figures.

The filter adds a banner with Curie’s name and occupation (scientist), surrounded by test tubes with multicolored liquids inside. But it’s not the science-y stuff that has people up in arms — it’s the fact that the filter, which includes a puff of smoke and soot animation when you open your mouth, also adds lashes and smoky eye makeup to the selfie taker’s face.

Snapchat’s International Women’s Day filters also honors Rosa Parks, which adds a sepia tone (which, as some noted on social media, darkens the skin tone), coupled with a hat, as well as the glasses she wore in her famous mugshot.

Frida Khalo is also included, with a flower-festooned braid crown and red lipstick. While a red lippie was at times part of Khalo’s look, you’d be hard-pressed to find a shot of Curie rocking eye makeup. A simple image search of Marie Curie shows that she wasn’t one for makeup. So why was a primped face included in the two-time Nobel Prize winner, and not Rosa Parks’s?

Many took to social media to blast Snapchat for its misstep.

Yahoo  has reached out to Snapchat for comment and will update when they respond.

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