In terms of women’s fashion, dress shopping is probably one of the trickiest things a woman has to do. Choosing the right dress for any occasion can spell success or disaster: pick the wrong gown and no amount of accessorizing will fix the mistake. That will mean real independence and freedom, bodily, spiritually, intellectually, and within the cultural, customary, traditional practices, without anyone peeking over the shoulder and telling one what to do, how to do it, and why. Diop counsels: “Historical circumstances now demand of our generation that it solve a felicitous manner the problems that face Africa, most especially the Cultural problem. “Thus, culture, though a product of the actual lived experience of a people — the primal source of much of their daily personal and social activities, their forms of labor and its products, their celebratory and ceremonial traditions, modes of dress, art and music, language and … Read the rest

It is rare to meet people who will tell you that they do not care about their good looks. Those who consider themselves urban sophisticates—particularly inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—have a long tradition of maligning people from smaller cities and towns in the Brazilian interior, calling them uneducated hicks and hillbillies. Urban, middle-class Brazilians are generally unfamiliar with the interior of their own country and misrepresent it as a region of unrelenting poverty and backwardness—a stark place of few creature comforts that is best avoided. One consequence of this attitude is that middle-class and wealthy Brazilians are more likely to have visited Miami, Orlando, or New York than to have traveled to tourist destinations in their own country. If you use prescription acne medication or after cleaning your face with a moisturizing cream or toner, you may want to simply wash your face with water at room … Read the rest