First Iraq Beauty Festival Held Since U.S. Invasion (PHOTOS)

First Iraq Beauty Festival Held Since U.S. Invasion (PHOTOS).

I think that this is what the country needs after so many years of violence and fighting. Iraqi hairdressers and beauticians gather in Baghdad to show off their talents  at the Make Up, Hairdressing and Fashion Show, a symbolic move to empower the people and break from fear that has gripped the country for years. The festival was the first of its kind since 2003 US led invasion and violent aftermath. This latest effort in a series of events has benefited the residents of this once dynamic city in the Middle East as a decline in violence has become more apparent. “The most important thing about this festival is spotlighting the brightness of Iraqi women, which has gone unseen by the world,” said Nadya Hamza Fuad, one of the organizers. She continued to explain,” Darkness used to dominate, and the light of beauty was extinguished 10 years ago, especially in women’s salons. Society has been held back because of the dark period.” The festival brought together a range of participants who as models were dressed to the nines and made up by beauticians and hairdressers who showcased their talents. The event was held in two conference rooms where experts showed the aspiring beauticians  tricks of the trades and best practices, while hairdressers showed their skills to onlookers before their models strutted on the catwalk. This is in sharp  contrast to years before, when tens of thousands were killed in insurgency ans sectarian wars that followed the ousting now executed dictator Saddam Hussein. Religious extremists in particular would target hairdressers, most of whom closed their shops, causing women, few of whom were veiled pre 2003, were forced to cover themselves and stay home. Even though violence has dropped, Baghdad attacks are still common and remains one of the world’s most dangerous cities. The one day festival was limited to word of mouth to avoid the attention of militants who would carry out attacks in Baghdad and across Iraq.

‘Young Women For Change’ Nonprofit Uses Rare Fashion Show To Empower Afghan Women

 ‘Young Women For Change’ Nonprofit Uses Rare Fashion Show To Empower Afghan Women.

I am glad that these ladies are taking the initiative to try to empower the women of Afghanistan to a brighter future and one of peace. In Kabul, Afghanistan, models paraded down a candle lit catwalk on Friday as the audience both men and women watched. The rare fashion show may have been a small production, but encompasses a big idea for an Afghani group who wants to empower women by breaking down walls in this war-weary highly conservative Muslim society. According to Huff Post, one designer, Shahar Banoo Zeerak, who was featured in the show commented that “The situation always gets tougher and tougher every day by day, but we should not back down. We are here to move on and move forward, so I think if women step up and they show up in this field, I think they will do a good job.” The idea of women on display remains taboo in Afghanistan causing many to still go outside covered from head to toe in their blue burqas. Violence against women is common including being stoned, executed in public, and imprisoned for having affairs with men. Women have even gone so far as to set themselves on fire to escape domestic violence. The fashion show was organized by Young Women for Change, a independent nonprofit committed to empowering women and improving lives. Most of the models including three men were people who volunteered for the group. The fashion show included colorful short sleeve dresses, jeans, tunics, and more traditional outfits all in all 33 designs were shown. The organizers had two reasons to stage the fashions show despite the violence in the country against un-Islamic by extremists: One was to raise money for the organizations and the other to change attitudes toward women. The group was able to raise $1,000 made from tickets sold and drew family and members to the show. The group recognizes that the changes will be slow but are up for the challenge to change people’s mindset and attitude.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Custom 3D Postcard Paintings

Custom 3D Postcard Painting: A Paint and Sculpt by Numbers Guide

Create your own lasting memories with custom 3D postcard paintings that your family and friends will enjoy for years to come. Great gift idea for any and every occassion. Leave a message or moment on the back to personalize your memories. For written instructions visit: https://craftymcclever.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/custom_3d_postcards/

Find out more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenGardenInspiration

Visit my blog at https://craftymcclever.wordpress.com/the_story/

Be Original: Handmade and Heartfelt

Zen Garden Gallery

A collection of my 3D postcard paintings so far. I add to them every other day and continue to look for new ideas. Great gift idea for any and every occassion. Leave a message or moment on the back to personalize your memories.

Find out more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenGardenInspiration

Visit my blog at https://craftymcclever.wordpress.com/the_story/