Last Friday night, 15 women planned to compete in the 2nd annual Miss Albinism Zimbabwe pagent. But with protesters calling for an end to the 37-year-old rule of President Robert Mugabe, the show just couldn't go on.
"We did it for safety of these girls," says Memory Munyoro, a project coordinator at Zimbabwe Albino Association who helped coordinate the pageant. "If anything happens to them that means we'll be responsible as an organization."
The Zimbabwe pageant is the brainchild of Brenda Mudzimu, a nursing student who first understood she had albinism at age 10. Albinism is inherited from both parents through a gene that inhibits the production of melanin, leaving people with no pigment in their hair, skin and eyes.
Mudzimu says the pageant is meant "to bring awareness, to instill confidence" in girls with the genetic condition.
The competition is postponed, its organizers were hoping to fill the theater's 461 seats. The event is now rescheduled for February 16, 2018.
Beauty pageants are often criticized for objectifying women.
Ikponwosa Ero, a U.N. expert on albinism, has a different perspective about this pageant. A Nigerian with albinism herself, she says some people think beauty and albinism are mutually exclusive: "They are seen as in opposition. This kind of event tries to bring that distance closer together and show these two things can coexist."
"All the reservations that we tend to have about pageantry and the potential objectification of women, those things are valid," says Ero. "But in this case, we have to create an exception just because of the neglect. We're some of the ones who have been left the furthest behind."
One of the pageant's contestants is Monalisa Manyati, a 21-year-old law student. She has experienced cruelty in Mabvuku, a suburb of Harare where she has lived all her life. "I remember years back some kids followed me and were throwing stones at me, calling me 'munhu akamenya' — a person who has been peeled. Even today I get that from men who make nasty comments about me when I walk in the streets," says Manyati.
Despite the harassment, Manyati says it doesn't shake her confidence. That's why she signed up for the beauty pageant. "I want to be an inspiration to others," she says, adding that "seeing other beautiful ladies with the same condition as me gives me strength."
In many countries in Africa, including Zimbabwe, being born with albinism can be dangerous. The belief persists in some cultures that the body parts of people with albinism can be used in rituals to bring healing or prosperity. Their hair, skin and limbs may be sold on the black market. Children are often targeted in attacks.
Children are often targeted in attacks
From Zimbabwe, Ero has received three reports of violence, including a 26-year-old woman who was murdered and whose body was dismembered, and a teenager who was raped by a man who believed that his action would cure his HIV. Ero says that it's sometimes difficult to gather information on attacks because local media may not report them, and survivors might feel ashamed to come forward.
People with albinism face medical challenges as well. An International Journal of Education and Research report found that vision problems related to the condition make it harder for children to keep up in school. A 2012 study also found that people with albinism are at grave risk for skin cancer. Which is why many governments in Africa and across the globe are now stepping in to spread awareness.
A Tanzanian nonprofit group is producing and distributing free sunscreen, called Kilisun, at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, to protect against skin cancer. Rutendo Musa, a pageant contestant with a newborn boy, is studying biological science at a state university. "One day I would love to have my own lab where I will be manufacturing sunscreen lotions for all the people living with albinism here in Zimbabwe," she says. "If I am crowned Miss Albinism Zimbabwe, it's going to be a stepping stone for me."
The contestants are from age 18 to 34 and come from across the country. They were expecting to sing and recite poetry on stage, answer questions and wear traditional African garb. One of the four judges has albinism, one had won a different beauty pageant and two are fashion designers. The prizes range from groceries, cosmetics and cash awards ranging from $100 to $250.
With the pageant's postponement, organizers will have more time to raise money. They want to buy a catwalk for the stage and also want to be able to buy television and radio ads to promote the event.
"It was to some extent disappointing, I must admit, but it was also a blessing in disguise," says Manyati of the delay. "We now have sufficient time to perfect our walk. You know, like how the fashion models do it."
It just gives them more time to put on one heck of a show.......
Will you be watching or streaming this years pageant in 2018 comment below.....
A make-up artist knows the importance of storing your tools and products in the right way—you may have the coolest expert-approved brushes and blushes, but if you don’t stock them well, you might as well not have them at all.
So it is only apt for make-up artist Namrata Soni, to create her own range of pouches and bags in collaboration with Pipa+Bella.
These handy beauty bags come in bright, colourful styles and are designed down to the last detail by Soni, so you can rest assured that every lipstick and liner will get its rightful space.
We love the quirky designs; one comes with a graphic lip and the quote ‘let’s kiss and make up’, while others come in solid colors like tangerine and sea blue. “My vision was one of creating a fresh ‘pop’ classic, yet contemporary designs that are bright, and give a sense of feeling young.
My aim in collaborating with Pipa+Bella colluded well with what I believe in: real make-up for real women,” says Soni.
We also like that you can add your own personal touch to the bags, with the option to customise them with a key chain, pom-pom or charm.
The Pipa+Bella x Namrata Soni make-up bags will be available in six different colours, exclusively on Pipabella.com
By: Olevia James
Sometimes it can be so hard to find a mascara that blends in with the blonde so it doesn't look like your wearing mascara, or god forbid clump up. So after much review I found a few that come in a array of colors like taupe, brown, & golden blonde (for those who like to stay close to there natural look), and still they have longevity, don't wash away with water, & the number one cardinal rule NO CLUMPING.
So here's a list I compiled together for newbies & those who just haven't found the right mascara.......
Mascara can be found in liquid, cream, or cake form. Each mascara has a different formula and wand, so the results will differ depending on which one you choose. Mascara should be replaced every 90 days, so you have plenty of time to experiment and find the right mascara for you. For the best results, take note of the following:
Maybelline Great Lash® Washable Mascara
Maybelline is America’s favorite and most popular mascara for a reason. The affordable drugstore find has maintained its reputation as the best mascara since the ‘70s. It conditions as it thickens and lengthens lashes with a buildable, clump-free formula that won’t smudge off.The lash-doubling, clump-free formula will volumize your lashes to give you noticeable results with every coat. The easy-to-handle narrow wand and lash-building brush can help you apply it perfectly (even if you’re a beginner). It is easy to apply and can last all day. The hypoallergenic pick is contact-lens safe and can be removed easily with eye makeup remover.
It is an Allure Best of Beauty: Hall of Fame winner and was selected as one of the best mascaras by Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. The Great Lash waterproof mascara is also a Good Housekeeping pick and the Great Lash clear mascara is also an award-winner that can serve as an affordable lash primer and brow gel.
Price: $3.79 on amazon
Macao: Copper Mascara - ILIA Beauty
A subtle copper hue will catch the light and create a glow around the eye. Macao will add a touch of glamour to any look.
If you are in the market for an understated look for your lashes, look no further than Ilia Beauty Mascara in Macao, "a subtle copper hue that catches the light". Macao makes my green eyes pop. Seriously. There is definition (if you are looking for hyper volume or length look elsewhere) but the color just makes your eyes glow - I get compliments on my eyes, not on my makeup. I am sure it would be equally lovely on hazel & blue eyes.
The packaging is awesome but takes a bit of getting used to as the opening is very small to help preserve the contents for longer. The brush is great, it really gets in there to help coat every lash. The form factor is such that it allows you to get close into the lash line as well, so tight-lining is optional. And finally, no flakes, lasts all day with no smudging and washes off easily. It is pricey, but worth every penny (I'm pretty cheap when it comes to mascara) but the color and its effects makes the price bearable.
Price: $26.00 Iliabeauty
L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
This mascara can give you the look of salon lash extensions, from home. The magic in this two-in-one mascara is the two-step process. You first apply the white basecoat, which is infused with Ceramide-R and D-Panthenol to strengthen, nourish, and protect your lashes. That layer is immediately followed by the ultra-lengthening mascara, which extends lashes by up to 80% by forming a lash-extending “tube” over each lash. It won’t take you any longer to apply this double extend mascara than it would to apply several coats of a standard mascara.
The long-wearing, smudge-proof mascara will last all day, with no smearing, running, clumping, or flaking, but is still easy to remove with water. In fact, it has been shown to last through 12+ hour shifts and can even last overnight without smudging. You also won’t need to worry about “raccoon eyes” with this drugstore favorite. Make sure to apply enough black mascara to cover the layer of white underneath, unless you’re going for a white snowflake effect. The mascara is suitable for people with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
The Insider’s Choice Beauty Winner is also backed by outstanding online reviews. In fact, many people with stick-straight lashes found that this mascara gave them the volume, length, and thickness that other mascaras simply could not achieve.
Price: $8.71 Amazon
Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum' Express Washable Mascara
Many beauty bloggers, makeup artists, and beauty mavens swear by this mascara because it can instantly create up to nine times the volume, thanks to the large mega brush and volume-plumping, collagen formula.
It can help you create noticeable volume and thicker, clump-free lashes by focusing on each lash one by one. You can easily layer this for added drama that will last all day.
It is contact-lens safe and can be easily removed with soap and water. It was chosen as one of the best mascaras by Elle because it is ideal for all lashes, even stick-straight lashes that don’t usually want to curl.
For when you really want those eye to be dramatic!!!
Price: $5.73 Amazon
Burberry Effortless Mascara - Midnight Blonde
This mascara is lovely and natural, and the luxe Burberry packaging really make you feel like a "grown up".
The end result is very natural, You can achieve the"adjustable lash volume" by putting on about 3 coats. There is no clumping, no flaking, and lashes are individually defined. It washes easily and is overall a solid mascara.
This is a nice daytime product the blonde just just glitters in the sunlight & even looks good on the bottom lashes giving them more fullness. Only con: it's a little on the expensive side, But you know it's worth because nordstrom's frequently goes out of stock on this brand.
Price: $29.00 Nordstrom
Like a lot of people I've been shampooing less.
I have naturally kinky hair (post perm), and shampooing too frequently can lead to frizzy. dry, brittle hair. But I still worry that my hair will feel oily (or that less-than-fresh odors will emanate from my head).
A few of my friends swear by dry shampoo as a styling tool. These Natural-haired beauties say it pumps up the volume, adds lift and absorbs excess oil. My hair has grown, but it's extremely kinky and sometime hard to tame, but I was still curious about a product that could refresh my scalp between shampoos.
As I was studying up on dry shampoo, I discovered that Shelly Anne has a recipe made from pure essential oils and other ingredients that I already have in my cupboards. It was a perfect way to try something new without making a serious commitment.
What You’ll Need
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (aka arrowroot starch or arrowroot flour)*
1 TB baking soda
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
*Look for arrowroot powder in the baking aisle.
Where to Start
Combine the ingredients in a container with a lid. Replace lid and shake to mix. Next, dip a large, wide makeup brush into the mixture. Carefully shake off the excess and apply to your roots wherever you need oil control and volume. Use fingertips to massage dry shampoo into your hair. Finally, comb through or blow dry from roots to ends. (As with all dry shampoos, absorption times may vary depending on hair color and condition.)
I’m a big fan of aromatherapy, so I loved the gentle lavender scent, and the powder mix did help my scalp feel refreshed. Volume’s not really my issue; if anything, I could use a little less . So I also offered samples to a couple of Natural-haired dry shampoo connoisseurs. Here’s what they said:
“The DIY dry shampoo worked great. I rubbed it on my fingertips and tapped it on my roots. And it rehydrated my roots.”
“My assessment is that the DIY dry shampoo is great for a quick pick-me-up, but not heavy duty enough for use by itself just in-between shampoos. My guess is that it will work for most dry shampoo users though, and I bet this recipe will make lots of people happy.”
Will you try the recipe? If so, let me know how it works for you!
To my 4 eyed glamour dolls | 6 tips that will assure you'll definitely have that trifocal effect
* THICK FRAMES, THICK LINER — THIN FRAMES, THIN LINER
Thin frames call for a thinner liner. This is to ensure that neither gets overpowered and that the look of the makeup and glasses are well balanced. Bold frames are well complemented by a thicker liner to balance out the look so your eyes aren’t overpowered by the thick frames.
* THE PERFECT FELINE LASH
Lining your eyes with wings to get the “cat eye” effect will give your eyes a feminine ’60s look that will draw attention to your eyes rather than having them hiding behind your specs. Use a gel or liquid eyeliner. I like to line and define with the Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner in Black. If you find creating the perfect flick a challenge, start with the wing, or use a business card to practice getting that fine line.
* CONCEAL AND CORRECT
Frames can cast dark shadows around the eyes. To prevent this, use concealer under your eyes in a triangular motion, dab a bit of concealer just above the midpoint of your eyebrows and then along the centre of your nose. It makes the area around your eyes appear fresh and brighter.
* SHADOW INSURANCE
Apply an eye shadow primer along eyelids and a little underneath the lower lash line before doing your eye makeup. This will ensure your eye makeup stays on all day without smudging and smearing all over your glasses. A great product is Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
* ENHANCE YOUR EYEBROWS
Clean, well-shaped brows are vital when wearing glasses as they complement your eyes and can give a whole new look to your face. Lightly style your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil to create definition and shape. This will attract attention to the eyes and give them a more appealing look. Ensure you don’t colour them too dark otherwise it will make them look too heavy.
* BOLD FRAME, BOLD LIP
If you have a bold frame, another option is to keep it neutral on the eyes and rock the look with a bold, bright lip. It will bring the attention to your bursting-with-colour lips. It is important not to combine a bold frame, bold eyes a bold lip as this will completely overwhelm the look.
Your sunscreen might have a dark secret: Unless you’re slathering liberal amounts of the lotion on your face, arms, and neck this summer, you could be leaving your skin more exposed than you think.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
But unless you’re spreading 2 milligrams of lotion onto every square centimeter of exposed skin, you’re likely getting just a fraction of the sun protection listed on the label, according to a report from the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, a company that conducts independent evaluations of medical treatments.
In fact, most people apply between 25 percent and 75 percent of the proper amount of sunscreen, greatly reducing the lotion’s protective factor, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
So what should you do to protect yourself? Use the guide below to make sure you have maximum coverage.
And make sure to get an annual skin screening, too. You can find free screenings in your area through the American Academy of Dermatology. And if you're in the Philadelphia area, you can see our friends at Penn Dermatology, where a free screening is offered on May 30, 2015.
Take A ShotWhen trying to determine how much lotion to use, follow this simple rule: “You should apply the equivalent of a full shot glass,” says Elizabeth Hale, M.D., a dermatologist and clinical professor at NYU’s Langone Medical Center.
That’s if you’re going to the beach and your arms, legs, chest, back, and face will be exposed.
Squirt, Rub, RepeatHale says a lotion with an SPF of 15 could provide adequate protection from the sun if applied properly—that is, a shot glass-worth every two hours. But you’ll need to reapply even more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating, and most people don’t reapply as often as they should.
She recommends you use an SPF of at least 30 to ensure your skin stays protected even if you forget to reapply, and especially if you’re an outdoor athlete.
Look Beyond UVB”SPF only refers to the ability to block UVB rays,” Hale says. “But we know now that UVA rays also contribute to premature aging of the skin as well as cancer.”
So look for a lotion with both. Hale says sunscreen that also includes “antioxidants” adds an additional layer of protection. Antioxidants target “free radicals,” which can cause mutations to your DNA that lead to cancer, Hale explains.
Double Up“I tell people to apply two coats of sunscreen,” says Adnan Nasir, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina. “If you only apply once you may have thin spots, or spots you missed.”
Dr. Nasir says it’s fine to apply the second coat immediately after the first.
(Does it all seem like too much trouble? Find out what happensWhen Skin Cancer Attacks Your Face. It could happen to you, too.)
Don’t Forget Your Lips“The lower lip is like a solar panel in that it faces the sun directly, and skin cancer of the lip is very serious,” Nasir explains, adding that most sunscreen won’t stick to your lips.
Look for lip balm with at least an SPF of 15, and reapply every two hours.
Layer UpNasir also recommends wearing sun protective clothing if you’re going to be out in the sun for several hours.
“If you hold a regular t-shirt up to the sun, you can see the sun’s rays through the clothing. That means the sun can see you, too,” Nasir says. “Sun protective clothing has a tighter weave, denser fabric, and it also has a dye in the fabric that absorbs ultraviolet light.”
Source: MensHealth #Albinism #Sunscreen
We know too well how the traditional Barbie doll that we grew up with is a poor representation of women today.
One mother has caught on and 'upcycled' her daughter's dolls to make them look more realistic to every day woman. She's called them Pixan Dolls.
Lizette Flores, a mom of three who is based in Canada, took dolls from her daughter's toy box and adapted them to show her daughter that beauty comes in different shapes, different looks and different sizes.
"I really want kids to know that they can define what’s beautiful. It’s not a company that’s going to dictate (to) us how we should look," Flores told The Mirror. To adapt the dolls, she changes their hairstyles, takes off their make up and changes their clothes.
"I want you to the girls know that you are beautiful! You can guess what kind of beauty I am going to show you with my next doll?"
Flores has created dolls with different nationalities too, including Cuban, Afghan and Albino.
On Facebook. The mother also decided to paint skin imperfections, demonstrating how rare it is to not have a perfect skin tone.
The Pixan Dolls Facebook page shows how the dolls are being shipped all over the world to young girls.
Does this mean Barbie and those traditional dolls are finally going out of fashion?
Courtesey of HuffPostUK
When faced with the lipstick choices at the cosmetics counter, gold likely isn't your first—or your fifth—pick. Pretty, you think, but definitely something only Rihanna can pull off, so you go with a safe red, pink or nude. But get this: Gold lipstick is actually the safe bet—and in fact, most barely even qualify as lipstick. "They're more like glazes," says makeup artist Nick Barose, and they work on everyone, from the fairest skin tones to the darkest. Swipe one on your hand or bare lips and the color that looks so opulent in the tube registers as only slightly warmer than clear and with a hint of microshimmer. "It has a similar effect as gloss, but more chic and less messy," says Barose, who loves layering gold lipstick over a deep shade or just dabbing it in the center for a sheen that actually makes your lips look fuller. "Wearing it alone works, too," he adds. "Golden lips and dark smoky eyes are perfect for the festive season."
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick in Rory, $32, available for four days only starting November 28 and limited edition in stores and online beginning December 26, tomford.com; Burberry Lip Mist in No. 217 Gold, $33, nordstrom.com; Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Beige Gold Shimmer, $26, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
If you're not already using a leave-in conditioner, there's one convincing reason you should be. "It's much easier to keep your hair in good condition than to repair it once the damage is already done," says hairstylist Rob Talty, who works with Jaime King and Amber Heard. And that's exactly what leave-in conditioner does. By regularly dosing strands with extra moisture, they don't have a chance to dry out, snap, and fray. "But you have to use the right formula," he says. "Otherwise you're just weighing the hair down."
By Hannah Morrill