"I want the next generation of humans to feel worthy...without worrying if they're pretty enough to ask for that acknowledgement and acceptance."

Jessica Defino is an award-winning reporter and beauty culture critic. She writes the Guardian's beauty advice column, Ask Ugly, and has emerged as one of the most prominent voices shedding light on the beauty industry and its physical and psychological impacts on consumers.

DeFino writes the weekly newsletter The Unpublishable, which the Huffington Post says “... gives the middle finger to the entire beauty industry,”. The newsletter has been praised by New York Magazine, Forbes, and Adweek’s 2023 Creative 100.

"the woman the beauty industry fears the most" - the Sunday Herald