Posts tagged beauty standards of black women
Black in Spain: Beauty Standards and Exoticisms

As a black person living in a country like Spain where the population is largely homogenous – at least in outward appearance – it’s not an uncommon occurrence to find out that you’ve instantly become a walking museum exhibit. For many, you’re one of the few chances they have to get an up-close look – or touch – of this rarely-seen specimen that is a black person. Does that mean it’s ok for someone to breach your personal space for a rub of your skin or a grab at your hair? No. But it does help explain why it’s happening. 

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Natural Hair Travel: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Hair is important, but it's not the end of the world. The reason we stress caring for natural hair especially on the road is because looking our best is linked to feeling our best! Inside and out! Natural hair, as many of you may know, is a marathon, not a sprint! How do you care for your natural hair while traveling? Check out a few mistakes we've made, and save yourself the extra steps!

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Keep it Warm + Trendy: Outfit Ideas for Winter in Spain

Coming from Minnesota, USA, I know cold. Not just your average it’s snowing cold, I’m talking your below 20 have to warm up your car for 10 minutes before you drive cold. So when locals here told me that northern Spain is the coldest place they’ve ever been I just laughed. The coldest it gets here is maybe 15 degrees. They don’t know my struggles. I love autumn and winter fashion so I’m always excited when this time of year rolls around. 

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#BlackGirlMagic: How To Channel Your Inner Carefree Black Girl

As Black women, we wear society's wants, prejudices and fears on our beautiful skin. Since caricatures of Black and Brown women are so widely exported, many people feel as though they already "know" and "understand" the Black female experience. People are quick to tell us who we are, what we like, and what we are capable of becoming. That stops now. Here's how to channel your inner carefree Black girl. 

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I am Kind Of My Hair — On Big Changes and Facing Fear

I’ve always been a bit conflicted about India Aire’s “I am not my hair”.  While I get that my hair is not a fundamental part of my being, I know that the choices I make regarding it reflect what’s happening in my culture and ultimately inside of me.  So since afrocentrism is important to me, but not a recognized part of Western Culture, I insert it into my lifestyle by wearing natural hair and integrating African patterns and dress into my wardrobe.

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Black Entreprenuers You Need To Know: Kimo Bentley

Kimo Bentley has worked in the fashion industry with Ralph Lauren & Polo Sport, in accounting, and as a hair technician and transplant expert at Bosley Medical Center. Now, she's the owner and CEO of her own natural beauty brand. Each of those past endeavors work together towards the success of Kimo Bentley as it’s known today. She took some time out of her busy schedule for an exclusive interview with LMDES. 

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Flawless Fall Beauty Favorites

As many of you may know: I, Danni, am a complete and total product junkie. It’s true, but it may also help to know that I hoard other things such as black skinny jeans and buy all of my spices in pairs or triplets, you know, just in case the world runs out of dill. I’ve been experimenting with new beauty products this Fall, and I’d love to share the ones that worked best for me!

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From Yoga Pants to Oxfords: A Personal Style Evolution

This is my fifth year living in Madrid, and I was looking at a few photos from when I first arrived. My, how things have changed! As a woman of color with a body type that’s not as common here, finding positive representations of myself in the fashion world and the day-to-day was difficult, and still is challenging. Luckily, not only do I have my confidence back (I really want to say swag), but I also know where to look for inspiration.

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Paseítos: Meet Majida

Paseítos is the newest LMDES video series where we bring you stories, advice and inspiration from the expat community that has been living in Spain for quite some time. Chatting with entrepreneurs, yoga instructors, foodies and more you’ll get to hear what life is like from our diverse group of expats. Meet Majida. 

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