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.

Ellen Burstyn Style Evolution: From Muumuus To Kimonos (PHOTOS)

Ellen Burstyn Style Evolution: From Muumuus To Kimonos (PHOTOS).

I got to applaud this actress for being elegant and classy without the temptation of Hollywood, She’s getting older but still looks good after acting for over 60 years. Read this.

The Beauty of Science

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infinity-imagined: The interior of a Eukaryotic Cell, from the outer membrane through the cytosol to the nucleus.  All molecular structures are colored by their function; the cytoskeleton is blue, membranes are green, ribosomes are purple, RNA and spliceosomes are pink, DNA and nucleosomes are yellow.  This cell is producing antibodies, all steps of the process […]

I’m quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern – mankind.

Chico Hamilton

Great Quote to Live By

Custom Gifts This Holiday Season

I have seen a lot of cool and funny gift ideas this holiday season especially on Squidoo. This is a gifter’s paradise as well as on Etsy where handmade is the name of the game. Make your gifts more personal and memorable by giving something personal or…

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