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South African model with albinism, Thando Hopa is the new face of Audi Q2
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Africans rising South African model with albinism, Thando Hopa is the new face of Audi Q2

Thando Hopa, a lawyer and model is the new face of Audi’s SUV car. The model has been vocal about the treatment of people with albinism, using her experiences to raise awareness on albinism, which is still profoundly misunderstood. Hopa is undoubtedly the perfect face, and her involvement with Audi could bring more discussions around albinism.

BeautyBeyondTheSkin: Kenya hosts inaugural Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant
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Lifestyle BeautyBeyondTheSkin: Kenya hosts inaugural Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant

People with albinism (PWAs) have faced unprecedented discrimination and persecution in parts of Africa, particularly in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi in recent years. To fight discrimination, persecution, stigmatisation, and alienation Kenya’s Albinism Society held its inaugural Mr and Miss Albino beauty pageant, an annual campaign to promote self awareness of PWAs in the society.

The Salooni Project: Black women’s hair through the past and into the present and future
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Lifestyle The Salooni Project: Black women’s hair through the past and into the present and future

‘What practices of self-care and love have been replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair? What collective and individual traumas have we endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures, and in our own attempts to conform and survive a world in which beauty standards are dictated by Caucasian culture?’ These are some of the themes that the makers of the Salooni multi-disciplinary art project are exploring

Female beauty for sexual consumption
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Politics and Society Female beauty for sexual consumption

A 17 year old girl disclosed before a crowd at a poetry session I attended in Maseru that she had been sexually violated. Upon running into her attacker that week she decided to confront him and ask him what had motivated his actions. My heart sank, she said his response was: “because you are beautiful”! Was she supposed to have accepted that slap-in-the-face as a compliment, smiled and thanked him for it?