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APRIL <strong>2024</strong><br />

How to<br />

Define<br />

Your<br />

Personal<br />

Beauty &<br />

Fashion<br />

Style<br />

Model to<br />

celebrate:<br />

Candice<br />

Swanepoe:<br />

Exclusive<br />

10 Black-<br />

Run Beauty<br />

Businesses to<br />

Shop Year-<br />

Round<br />

All you<br />

Missed at<br />

the Oscars<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

Venice:<br />

The<br />

Romance<br />

Capital of<br />

the World<br />

Kamala<br />

Harris:<br />

The Most Powerful<br />

Woman in the World<br />

Can You Use<br />

Rosemary Oil<br />

for Beauty and<br />

Hair Growth?<br />

What to Know<br />

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Inside<br />

<strong>Glamsquad</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

FOOD<br />

Gong Bao<br />

Chicken<br />

Recipe<br />

ESCAPE<br />

Mauritius: The<br />

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Tourism<br />

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Kamala<br />

Harris:<br />

The Most Powerful Woman in<br />

the World<br />

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Editor-In-chief /<br />

Publisher<br />

Remi Diagbare<br />

Editor<br />

Amenna Dayo<br />

Deputy editor<br />

Chioma Esui<br />

Stand-By/Ad-Hoc<br />

Praise David<br />

Grace Effiong<br />

Oyindamola<br />

Staff Writers<br />

Sasha Bokamoso<br />

Contributors<br />

Dr. Nkechi Omoson<br />

Chef Amaka Obiefuna<br />

Kabirat Opoola<br />

graphics /<br />

Web Manager<br />

Layi Success<br />

MARKETING Director<br />

Tega Diagbare<br />

Imioms Dan Anyiam<br />

Dear friends,<br />

As we experience the thrills<br />

of <strong>April</strong>, a month teeming<br />

with the promise of renewal<br />

and growth, I am thrilled to<br />

welcome you to the latest edition of<br />

<strong>Glamsquad</strong> magazine.<br />

In this issue, we embark on a<br />

journey of empowerment and<br />

power, celebrating the essence<br />

of womanhood in all its forms.<br />

To achieve this, we went for the<br />

woman at the very top of the power<br />

food chain – none other than Vice<br />

President Kamala Harris.<br />

In this edition, you will see Kamala<br />

Harris through the lens – understand<br />

the journey of how a migrant country<br />

girl worked her way to becoming the<br />

most powerful woman in the world.<br />

From insightful features on<br />

personal growth to uplifting stories<br />

of resilience and triumph, our <strong>April</strong><br />

edition is dedicated to inspiring you<br />

to embrace your unique journey<br />

and embrace the beauty of your<br />

individuality. Of course, as you know<br />

we do not serve fashion on small<br />

platters at <strong>Glamsquad</strong>! Our fashion<br />

pages are glowing with the best<br />

fashion stories and photos that will<br />

keep you glued.<br />

As the world blooms with the<br />

arrival of spring, so too do our<br />

pages blossom with vibrant content<br />

designed to ignite your passions, spark<br />

your creativity, and nourish your soul.<br />

A .<br />

42<br />

Best and Worst Dressed<br />

Celebrities at the BAFTAs <strong>2024</strong><br />

Whether you’re seeking fashion<br />

inspiration, wellness tips, or<br />

thought-provoking articles<br />

on current affairs, we have<br />

curated a collection of articles<br />

that cater to every aspect of<br />

your multifaceted life.<br />

So, dear readers, as you<br />

delve into the pages of<br />

our <strong>April</strong> edition, I invite you<br />

to savour each moment,<br />

embrace each opportunity,<br />

and revel in the magic of<br />

possibility. Together, let us<br />

embrace the spirit of renewal<br />

and embark on a journey<br />

of growth, discovery, and<br />

empowerment.<br />

With warmest<br />

rega rds,<br />

Ameena Dayo<br />

Editor, G.S<br />

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FASHION<br />

Check Out<br />

the <strong>2024</strong><br />

Chic List<br />

Must Haves<br />

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Disclaimer:<br />

Please note that all photos used in this special<br />

digital edition of <strong>Glamsquad</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> were<br />

sourced freely online.<br />

<strong>Glamsquad</strong> maintains no rights over the images/<br />

photos, while we have tried to give appropriate<br />

credit where due, we are aware some artistes<br />

were not credited.<br />

We remain committed to supporting intellectual<br />

property and creativity.<br />

© <strong>2024</strong> Tegali Communications<br />

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FASHION<br />

Chic List<br />

Check Ou<br />

Chic List Mu<br />

Abigeal Bankole<br />

As the new year unfolds, it<br />

brings with it opportunities<br />

for change, whether in our<br />

personal lives, professional<br />

endeavors, or fashion choices. It’s<br />

a perfect moment to reassess your<br />

everyday wardrobe and inject it with<br />

a fresh perspective for the months<br />

ahead.<br />

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The Editor-<br />

Approved<br />

Dress With<br />

an Oversized<br />

Blazer:<br />

Opt for Joseph’s color-blocked<br />

knit dress, a chic and effortless<br />

winter workwear staple. Layer<br />

with H&M’s oversized blazer and<br />

complete the look with knee-high<br />

boots from The Row and a roomy<br />

work tote from DeMellier.<br />

2<br />

The Trouser-<br />

Esque Black<br />

Legging with<br />

a Statement<br />

Sweater:<br />

Pair sleek black leggings, like those<br />

from Toteme, with a bold Bottega<br />

Veneta sweater. Complete the<br />

look with black Mary Janes from<br />

Everlane and a cozy faux fur coat<br />

from Toteme for the perfect winterin-the-city<br />

ensemble.<br />

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t the <strong>2024</strong><br />

st Haves<br />

While having a reliable lineup<br />

of wardrobe essentials is essential,<br />

why not elevate your style this year<br />

by reinventing these classics in the<br />

most stylish and contemporary ways<br />

possible?<br />

From the timeless white T-shirt to<br />

staple denim pieces, we’ve curated<br />

10 essential outfit formulas to guide<br />

your midwinter wardrobe refresh. The<br />

best part? You likely already own these<br />

classic pieces. Here’s your guide to<br />

revamping your midwinter style:<br />

The Chic City Sneaker<br />

With a Cool-Girl<br />

Corduroy:<br />

Embrace urban style<br />

with Adidas Samba<br />

sneakers, paired with<br />

cool corduroys from<br />

Dries Van Noten and<br />

Banana Republic’s<br />

plaid coat. Layer with<br />

Theory’s turtleneck for<br />

a cozy yet chic look.<br />

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4<br />

The All-Purpose<br />

Knitwear With<br />

Winter White<br />

Jeans:<br />

Elevate your style with a versatile gray<br />

cashmere crewneck from The Row,<br />

paired elegantly with winter white jeans<br />

from Frame. Finish the look with Aeyde’s<br />

metallic ballet flats and a warming coat<br />

from Favorite Daughter.<br />

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FASHION<br />

The Sleek Smoking<br />

Loafer With a Denim<br />

Midi Skirt:<br />

Make a statement with Loeffler Randall’s<br />

sleek smoking loafers, styled with an<br />

emerald green V-neck sweater from Toteme<br />

and an asymmetrical denim midi skirt<br />

from Tory Burch. Add edge with Proenza<br />

Schouler’s shearling-lined leather jacket.<br />

leather shoulder bag<br />

The Editor-<br />

Approved<br />

Dress With<br />

an Oversized<br />

Blazer:<br />

Opt for Joseph’s color-blocked<br />

knit dress, a chic and effortless<br />

winter workwear staple. Layer<br />

with H&M’s oversized blazer and<br />

complete the look with knee-high<br />

boots from The Row and a roomy<br />

work tote from DeMellier.<br />

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The Go-To Denim with<br />

a Best in Belts:<br />

Embrace the versatility of blue jeans with<br />

Agolde’s slouchy style, paired effortlessly with<br />

Everlane’s chunky crewneck sweater. Add a<br />

touch of sophistication with Gucci’s lug-sole<br />

loafers and Khaite’s studded Benny belt for<br />

added flair.<br />

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6<br />

The Plain<br />

But Perfect<br />

White Tee<br />

With a<br />

Minimalist<br />

Maxi Skirt:<br />

Style a classic white tee, like the one from<br />

Leset, with a minimalist maxi skirt for effortless<br />

chic. Add a touch of sparkle with crystalembellished<br />

ballet flats and layer with &<br />

Other Stories’s gray cardi for a polished finish.<br />

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The Crisp White<br />

Button-up With a<br />

Polished Work Pant:<br />

Embrace menswear-inspired style with Citizens<br />

of Humanity’s poplin shirt layered over Uniqlo’s<br />

gray ribbed turtleneck. Pair with wool trousers from<br />

Toteme and finish with little white loafers from Le<br />

Monde Beryl for a polished look.<br />

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FASHION<br />

How to Define<br />

Your Personal<br />

Beauty &<br />

Fashion<br />

Style<br />

By Chioma Esu<br />

Unlocking your personal style isn’t about blindly following trends;<br />

it’s about embracing what resonates with you. But if you’re<br />

unsure of where to start, fear not! Crafting your unique style is<br />

an exciting journey that involves seeking inspiration, curating a<br />

mood board, and daring to experiment with fashion.<br />

Understanding Personal Style:<br />

Personal style is your distinctive<br />

expression, whether it’s through<br />

your attire, writing, or architectural<br />

preferences. In the realm of<br />

fashion, it encompasses how you<br />

convey yourself through clothing,<br />

accessories, hairstyle, and outfit<br />

combinations.<br />

True style transcends fleeting<br />

trends; it’s about cultivating a<br />

sense of self-expression rather than<br />

merely mirroring what’s popular at<br />

the moment. Personal style evolves<br />

from a genuine understanding of<br />

your preferences and aesthetic<br />

inclinations.<br />

5 Steps to Discovering Your<br />

Personal Style:<br />

Explore Your Wardrobe: Start<br />

by delving into your closet and<br />

identifying pieces that resonate with<br />

you. What items bring you joy? Take<br />

note of common themes or features<br />

among your favorite pieces.<br />

Seek Inspiration: Look to<br />

various sources for fashion<br />

inspiration. Observe friends, family,<br />

and celebrities whose style you<br />

admire. Dive into social media,<br />

perusing outfits from casual wear to<br />

professional attire. Explore fashion<br />

blogs, magazines, and follow stylists<br />

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or influencers who align with your<br />

tastes.<br />

Craft a Mood Board: Compile<br />

your fashion inspirations into a mood<br />

board. Whether it’s digital or physical,<br />

gather images that encapsulate<br />

your desired aesthetic. Even if the<br />

styles seem diverse, you’ll likely<br />

notice overarching themes or vibes<br />

that resonate with you.<br />

Build a Capsule Wardrobe:<br />

Streamline your wardrobe with a<br />

capsule collection of timeless basics.<br />

These versatile pieces in neutral hues<br />

form the foundation of effortless<br />

looks. Think classic items like a little<br />

black dress, denim jacket, simple<br />

tees, or a leather tote. Keep what<br />

speaks to you and replace the rest<br />

with essentials that truly reflect your<br />

style.<br />

Experiment Fearlessly:<br />

Embrace experimentation by<br />

incorporating unique pieces into<br />

your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to<br />

mix bold accessories, play with<br />

vibrant colors, or experiment with<br />

prints and textures. Personal style<br />

flourishes when you dare to explore<br />

and discover what truly makes you<br />

feel confident and authentic.<br />

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FASHION<br />

See Every Red<br />

Carpet Look<br />

From the<br />

<strong>2024</strong> BAFTAs<br />

Praise David<br />

Get ready for a star-studded<br />

evening at the <strong>2024</strong> BAFTAs,<br />

where Hollywood’s finest will<br />

grace the British capital amidst<br />

the buzz of London Fashion<br />

Week. A lineup of A-listers<br />

including Margot Robbie, Emma<br />

Stone, and Bradley Cooper are<br />

in contention for prestigious<br />

awards, alongside celebrated<br />

British talents like Carey Mulligan,<br />

Emily Blunt, and Rosamund Pike.<br />

As the stars, including royalty<br />

(the Prince of Wales, president<br />

of BAFTA), step onto the red<br />

carpet, all eyes will be on the<br />

fashion spectacle. With the<br />

BAFTAs leading the charge in<br />

introducing a sustainable dress<br />

code back in 2020, anticipation<br />

is high for possible archival looks<br />

and daring fashion choices.<br />

Will anyone emulate Zendaya’s<br />

iconic move of wearing a dress<br />

before its runway debut?<br />

Stay tuned as we unveil all<br />

the show-stopping looks from<br />

the <strong>2024</strong> BAFTAs red carpet.<br />

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10<br />

Black-Run<br />

Beauty<br />

Businesses to<br />

Shop Year-Round<br />

By Amenna Daayo<br />

Fenty Beauty<br />

founded by Rihanna, stands out for its<br />

inclusivity, offering makeup products<br />

in a diverse range of shades.<br />

Let’s embrace the truth:<br />

Black-owned beauty brands<br />

deserve recognition and<br />

support every single day of<br />

the year.<br />

The beauty industry owes much<br />

of its vibrancy and innovation to<br />

the Black community. Many of the<br />

industry’s most iconic treatments<br />

and trends, from hair extensions to<br />

nail art, have deep roots in Black<br />

culture. Yet, despite their immense<br />

contributions, Black entrepreneurs<br />

often face barriers accessing<br />

capital to fund their businesses.<br />

The 2022 Black Pound Report<br />

revealed that in sectors like health<br />

and beauty, Black and multi-ethnic<br />

consumers spend an average of<br />

25% more than any other group.<br />

If we truly appreciate the beauty<br />

industry, it’s only right to show<br />

unwavering support for the Blackowned<br />

businesses that are integral<br />

to its vitality.<br />

To spotlight Black-owned<br />

beauty brands and ensure<br />

they receive the recognition<br />

they deserve, we’ve curated<br />

a list of companies that merit<br />

our championing. Supporting<br />

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10FT:<br />

Lola Lawal’s creation<br />

offers stylish and<br />

functional acrylic<br />

makeup storage<br />

solutions, keeping<br />

your beauty essentials<br />

organized and<br />

accessible.<br />

Briogeo:<br />

these brands isn’t just a onetime<br />

gesture—it’s an ongoing<br />

commitment. These brands<br />

encompass a wide range of<br />

beauty products, from haircare to<br />

skincare and makeup.<br />

Moreover, these brands are<br />

predominantly female-owned, with<br />

many prioritizing sustainability as a<br />

core value. By making a purchase<br />

(or simply following and sharing<br />

their content, if financial constraints<br />

apply), you’re not only supporting<br />

the Black community but also<br />

empowering female entrepreneurs<br />

and businesses dedicated to<br />

sustainable practices.<br />

With a focus on<br />

individuality, positivity,<br />

and transparency,<br />

Briogeo offers crueltyfree<br />

haircare products<br />

made from 90-100%<br />

naturally derived<br />

ingredients.<br />

Here are 10 Black-owned<br />

beauty brands that warrant our<br />

steadfast support:<br />

Afrocenchix:<br />

Rachael Corson and Jocelyn Mate<br />

created Afrocenchix to provide<br />

natural hair products for Afro hair,<br />

addressing concerns like sensitivity<br />

and alopecia with non-toxic<br />

formulations.<br />

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ORI Lifestyle:<br />

A holistic lifestyle brand by Titi Bello,<br />

offering high-quality products for Afro<br />

hair and skin care.<br />

The Afro<br />

Hair & Skin<br />

Company:<br />

Known for natural and eco-friendly<br />

products made from locally-sourced<br />

British ingredients, promoting selfcare<br />

and self-love.<br />

Boucleme:<br />

Founded by Michele Scott-Lynch, Boucleme offers<br />

ethical curly hair products manufactured in the UK,<br />

catering to the needs of women with curly hair.<br />

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Danessa<br />

Myricks<br />

Beauty:<br />

Founded by Danessa<br />

Myricks, this brand<br />

features multifunctional<br />

beauty<br />

products designed<br />

for diverse individuals,<br />

blending beauty with<br />

artistry.<br />

Plant<br />

Apothecary<br />

Beauty:<br />

This brand offers<br />

skin and body care<br />

products formulated<br />

with natural<br />

ingredients and<br />

packaged in ecofriendly<br />

materials.<br />

Essentials by Temi:<br />

Temi Shobowale’s skincare brand combines<br />

beauty and philanthropy, offering vegan<br />

products that deliver a radiant glow.<br />

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REPORTAGE<br />

Kamala<br />

Harris:<br />

The Most Powerful Woman<br />

in the World<br />

By Amenna Daayo<br />

Kamala D. Harris serves as the Vice<br />

President of the United States, known<br />

for her unwavering advocacy for the<br />

people. From her groundbreaking tenure<br />

as District Attorney of San Francisco and Attorney<br />

General of California to her proud service as a<br />

United States Senator and Vice President, she has<br />

consistently championed the rights and wellbeing<br />

of individuals.<br />

On January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris made<br />

history as she was sworn in as Vice President—the<br />

first woman, first Black American, and first South<br />

Asian American to hold this esteemed position. In<br />

her role, she has tirelessly worked to unite people<br />

and advance opportunities while prioritizing family<br />

welfare and safeguarding fundamental freedoms<br />

nationwide.<br />

Vice President Harris has been at the forefront<br />

of critical issues, advocating for women’s<br />

autonomy over their bodies, gun violence<br />

prevention, voting rights, and environmental<br />

protection. Additionally, she has represented<br />

the nation on the global stage, undertaking<br />

numerous foreign trips, engaging with over 150<br />

world leaders, and reinforcing vital international<br />

alliances.<br />

In collaboration with President Joe Biden, Vice<br />

President Harris has spearheaded transformative<br />

initiatives benefitting millions of Americans. Their<br />

joint efforts have resulted in record job creation,<br />

historic reductions in prescription drug costs, and<br />

significant advancements in maternal health<br />

care. Notably, they enacted groundbreaking<br />

legislation addressing gun safety and investing in<br />

infrastructure, including the removal of lead pipes<br />

and expansion of high-speed internet access.<br />

As President of the Senate, Vice President Harris<br />

has made history by casting the most tie-breaking<br />

votes in the role’s history. Her pivotal votes have<br />

secured passage of landmark legislation such<br />

as the Inflation Reduction Act and significant<br />

investments in climate change mitigation.<br />

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Beyond her legislative achievements,<br />

Vice President Harris has played a pivotal<br />

role in promoting diversity and representation<br />

in government, notably overseeing the<br />

confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson<br />

to the Supreme Court—the first Black woman<br />

to hold this position.<br />

Born in Oakland, California, to immigrant<br />

parents deeply engaged in the civil rights<br />

movement, Kamala Harris was instilled with a<br />

commitment to justice and equality from an<br />

early age. Inspired by her mother, Shyamala<br />

Gopalan, a pioneering breast cancer<br />

scientist, and her father, both activists, Vice<br />

President Harris has dedicated her career to<br />

uplifting marginalized voices and building<br />

inclusive coalitions.<br />

A graduate of Howard University and<br />

the University of California Hastings College<br />

of Law, Vice President Harris is married to<br />

Douglas Emhoff, with whom she shares a<br />

blended family. Committed to paving the<br />

way for future generations, she embodies her<br />

mother’s admonition to be a trailblazer and<br />

ensure that others follow in her footsteps.<br />

Throughout her remarkable journey,<br />

Vice President Harris continues to embody<br />

resilience, compassion, and a steadfast<br />

dedication to serving the people—an<br />

enduring legacy shaped by her upbringing,<br />

experiences, and unwavering commitment<br />

to justice and equality.<br />

Who Is Kamala Harris?<br />

How a San Francisco prosecutor<br />

became vice president<br />

Kamala Harris has achieved the historic<br />

milestones of becoming the first woman<br />

and the first woman of color to serve as<br />

the vice president of the United States. Her<br />

groundbreaking career includes notable roles<br />

as a former California attorney general and<br />

U.S. senator. Explore some of the highlights of<br />

Vice President Kamala Harris’s personal and<br />

political journey, as well as her positions on<br />

key issues.<br />

Early Life and Education<br />

Kamala Devi Harris was born on Oct. 20,<br />

1964, in Oakland, California to immigrant<br />

parents. Her mother, Shyamala, emigrated<br />

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‘Kamala<br />

Harris is the<br />

most Powerful<br />

Woman in<br />

the World,<br />

PERIOD!’<br />

from India and became a<br />

renowned breast cancer<br />

researcher and received her<br />

doctorate in the same year<br />

Kamala was born. Her father,<br />

Donald, came to the U.S. from<br />

Jamaica and was an economics<br />

professor at Stanford University.<br />

Harris’s parents were involved<br />

in the civil rights movement and<br />

emphasized the significance<br />

of bringing people together<br />

to champion the rights and<br />

freedoms of all individuals. At<br />

a young age, she participated<br />

in civil rights marches, even<br />

attending as a toddler.<br />

Her parents divorced when<br />

she was seven. She moved<br />

to Montreal at age 12,<br />

along with her mother<br />

and her sister, Maya.<br />

It was there that<br />

Kamala and her<br />

sister organized<br />

a reportedly<br />

successful protest<br />

against the owner<br />

of their apartment<br />

building who<br />

wouldn’t let children<br />

play on the building’s<br />

lawn.<br />

As a student at Westmount<br />

High School in Quebec, Harris<br />

dreamed of becoming a<br />

lawyer. She returned to the U.S.<br />

after graduation and entered<br />

Howard University in Washington,<br />

D.C., where she earned a<br />

B.A. in political science and<br />

economics. Then she went back<br />

to her home state of California<br />

and attended the University of<br />

California Hastings College of the<br />

Law where she earned her J.D. in<br />

1989.<br />

Notable Accomplishments<br />

Harris has a number of notable<br />

accomplishments to her name.<br />

She began her legal career<br />

as deputy district attorney in<br />

Alameda County, California,<br />

focusing on sex crimes. She<br />

became managing attorney<br />

of the Career Criminal Unit<br />

in San Francisco from there<br />

and became chief of the San<br />

Francisco Community and<br />

Neighborhood Division of the<br />

DA’s office in 2000, where she<br />

established the state’s first Bureau<br />

of Children’s Justice.<br />

As the district attorney of San<br />

Francisco in 2004, Kamala Harris<br />

presided over the first same-sex<br />

wedding following the overturning<br />

of Proposition 8. She also created<br />

an environmental justice unit<br />

and launched a program called<br />

“Back on Track,” which is aimed<br />

at providing educational and<br />

employment opportunities to firsttime<br />

drug offenders.<br />

In 2010, Kamala Harris<br />

was elected as the attorney<br />

general of California. In this role,<br />

she achieved an $18 billion<br />

settlement for homeowners who<br />

were facing foreclosure and<br />

secured a $1.1 billion settlement<br />

for students and veterans who<br />

had been deceived by a forprofit<br />

education company.<br />

In 2021, Kamala Harris<br />

achieved a historic milestone by<br />

taking the oath of office as vice<br />

president. She marked a series<br />

of “firsts” as the initial woman,<br />

woman of color, and South Asian<br />

American to assume this role.<br />

As part of her responsibilities,<br />

Harris has engaged in numerous<br />

international visits, traveling to<br />

more than 19 countries and<br />

holding discussions with over 150<br />

world leaders to enhance global<br />

partnerships and alliances.<br />

In 2022, Biden signed<br />

the Inflation Reduction<br />

Act, a significant legislative<br />

achievement in which Vice<br />

President Harris played a pivotal<br />

role. It aims to cut expenses for<br />

families, address the climate<br />

crisis, reduce the budget deficit,<br />

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and ensure that major corporations<br />

pay their share of taxes. One of the<br />

key aspects of this act, influenced<br />

by Vice President Harris’s advocacy,<br />

is the empowerment of Medicare<br />

to negotiate prices for certain<br />

high-cost medications. It limits the<br />

monthly cost of insulin for seniors<br />

to $35, eliminates out-of-pocket<br />

expenses for recommended adult<br />

vaccines under Medicare, and sets<br />

a yearly cap of $2,000 for seniors’<br />

pharmacy-related expenditures.<br />

San Francisco Attorney<br />

General<br />

Harris defeated her former boss,<br />

Terence Hallinan, in an election<br />

to become San Francisco district<br />

attorney in 2003. She was the first<br />

Black woman to hold the office.<br />

The conviction rate in San Francisco<br />

jumped from 52% to 67% during<br />

her first three years. She launched<br />

the “Back on Track” initiative that<br />

cut recidivism through job training<br />

and other programs for low-level<br />

offenders.<br />

Harris went from a police favorite<br />

to being shunned by police unions<br />

during her tenure as San Francisco<br />

DA due to a reputation for only<br />

prosecuting the most airtight of<br />

cases and for her handling of a<br />

case against a cop killer in 2004.<br />

Harris had an often-stated personal<br />

opposition to the death penalty and<br />

had made a campaign promise<br />

to never seek it. It turned many of<br />

those on the blue line against her<br />

when she refused to request the<br />

death penalty for a gang member<br />

convicted of killing police officer<br />

Isaac Espinoza.<br />

Attorney General of<br />

California<br />

Harris became the first woman<br />

and the first Black and South<br />

Asian American attorney general<br />

of California in November 2010,<br />

narrowly beating Los Angeles<br />

County District Attorney Steve<br />

Cooley in the race. She made an<br />

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immediate mark by withdrawing<br />

from settlement negotiations with<br />

five of the country’s largest financial<br />

institutions for improper mortgage<br />

practices, and eventually settled<br />

for five times the original proposed<br />

amount.<br />

Harris created Open Justice as<br />

attorney general, an online platform<br />

that makes criminal justice data<br />

available to the public at large.<br />

The database has helped improve<br />

police accountability by tabulating<br />

the number of deaths and injuries<br />

of those in police custody. She<br />

also presided over the creation<br />

of “Operation Boo,” a mandatory<br />

curfew for all homeless sex offenders<br />

on Halloween.<br />

U.S. Senator for California<br />

Harris became the first South<br />

Asian American to enter the U.S.<br />

Senate when she defeated Loretta<br />

Sanchez in 2016. Her pointed<br />

questioning of high-profile witnesses<br />

like then U.S. Attorney General<br />

Jeff Sessions and Supreme Court<br />

nominee Brett Kavanaugh drew<br />

her high praise from the left. Harris<br />

supported a single-payer healthcare<br />

system in the Senate and<br />

introduced legislation to provide<br />

financial relief to those facing rising<br />

housing costs.<br />

Harris joined bipartisan bills<br />

less often than all other Senate<br />

Democrats, according to GovTrack.<br />

Of the 696 bills she co-sponsored,<br />

only 14% were introduced by<br />

Republicans. On the other hand,<br />

she received bicameral (House and<br />

Senate) support on more bills than<br />

any other member of her Senate<br />

class and had the most co-sponsors<br />

on her bills of anyone in her class.<br />

Harris introduced one bill while<br />

serving as senator that became law<br />

in 2019: S. 129 (116th): Saint Francis<br />

Dam Disaster National Memorial<br />

Act. It provides for the establishment<br />

of a national monument to<br />

commemorate those killed by the<br />

collapse of the Saint Francis Dam<br />

on March 12, 1928. Three other bills<br />

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that she’s sponsored have been<br />

enacted via other legislation:<br />

S. 3055 (115th): Disaster<br />

Victims Passport and ID Relief Act<br />

of 2018<br />

S. 3033 (115th): COUNT Victims<br />

Act<br />

S. 729 (115th): John Muir<br />

National Historic Site Expansion<br />

Act<br />

The Presidential<br />

Campaign<br />

Harris announced that she<br />

was running for president in<br />

January 2019. One high point of<br />

her campaign came during the<br />

first Democratic debate when<br />

Harris confronted Joe Biden<br />

over his opposition to crossdistrict<br />

busing in the 1970s. She<br />

delivered a stirring anecdote<br />

about the opportunity that busing<br />

afforded one child, ending with<br />

the dramatic line, “And that little<br />

girl was me.” The clip became an<br />

immediate viral sensation and so<br />

did her candidacy.<br />

But the resulting surge in<br />

poll numbers didn’t last. Harris<br />

shut down her campaign in<br />

December 2019 and endorsed<br />

Biden in March 2020. He<br />

announced Harris as his running<br />

mate in August 2020, saying,<br />

“Back when Kamala was attorney<br />

general, she worked closely with<br />

(my son) Beau. I watched as they<br />

took on the big banks, lifted up<br />

working people, and protected<br />

women and kids from abuse. I<br />

was proud then, and I’m proud<br />

now to have her as my partner in<br />

this campaign.”<br />

Biden was declared the 46th<br />

president elect of the U.S. on Nov.<br />

7, 2020, making Harris the first<br />

female, the first Black person, and<br />

the first Asian American to hold<br />

the position of vice president. She<br />

was sworn into office on Jan. 20,<br />

2021.<br />

Philosophies and<br />

Publications<br />

Harris has published three<br />

books. Her first was “Smart on<br />

Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s<br />

Plan to Make Us Safer” in 2009.<br />

It explores her philosophy and<br />

ideas for criminal justice reform.<br />

The book focuses on issues such<br />

as government corruption and<br />

justice for sexual abuse victims.<br />

It portrays Harris as a prosecutor<br />

with a tough but empathetic<br />

approach, emphasizing support<br />

for victims and measures to<br />

prevent crimes. It’s also viewed<br />

by some as pro-law enforcement,<br />

and aligned with an era focused<br />

on crime prevention rather than<br />

racial bias and police presence.<br />

Two other books appeared<br />

in early 2019. “The Truths We<br />

Hold: An American Journey”<br />

is a memoir that reflects on<br />

her personal relationships and<br />

upbringing. “Superheroes Are<br />

Everywhere” is a picture book<br />

autobiography for children.<br />

Harris bluntly told<br />

Guatemalans “do not come”<br />

during a June 2021 trip to Central<br />

America, a remark that drew<br />

criticism although it reflected the<br />

realities of a Trump administration<br />

rule allowing border agents<br />

to rapidly turn away migrants<br />

without providing them a<br />

chance to apply for asylum.<br />

The administration aims to deter<br />

migration to the southwestern<br />

border by working to improve<br />

conditions in Central America.<br />

Ideology<br />

Both Biden and Harris are<br />

generally considered to be<br />

in the moderate wing of the<br />

Democratic Party, though<br />

GovTrack labels Harris as one of<br />

the most liberal members of the<br />

Senate. Her record in the Senate<br />

is to the left of Biden’s.<br />

Harris began by joining Sen.<br />

Bernie Sanders in his call for<br />

Kamala Harris’s public<br />

service career has been<br />

filled with firsts: the first<br />

woman, and the first<br />

Black woman, the first<br />

South Asian-American<br />

elected to hold various<br />

government offices and<br />

positions, including state<br />

attorney general and U.S.<br />

senator. The culmination<br />

of these is the job of vice<br />

president of the U.S. As<br />

one publication put it,<br />

“her political gifts made<br />

it easy to forget that with<br />

each step in her career she<br />

was making history.”<br />

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Medicare for All but she later backtracked,<br />

leaving her position uncertain. Biden does not<br />

support Medicare for All and has called for fixing<br />

and expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA)<br />

instead. Harris was a co-sponsor of the Green<br />

New Deal, which Biden doesn’t support.<br />

The area on which they seem to agree most<br />

is immigration. Both favor a path to citizenship<br />

for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.<br />

Both favor protection of Dreamers, including a<br />

plan to fix Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals<br />

(DACA), and she supported his reversal of<br />

President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.<br />

Who Is Kamala Harris Married to?<br />

Kamala Harris has been married to Douglas<br />

Emhoff since 2014. An entertainment and<br />

intellectual property lawyer and litigator, he<br />

left his law firm after the 2020 presidential<br />

campaign to teach at Georgetown University<br />

and take up his duties as second gentleman.<br />

How Much Is Kamala Harris Worth?<br />

Kamala Harris’s net worth was an estimated<br />

$6.75 to $15.29 million as of March 2023,<br />

according to Yahoo! Finance.<br />

Where Was Kamala Harris Born and<br />

Raised?<br />

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California<br />

to parents who had emigrated from India and<br />

Jamaica. She spent her early years in Berkeley,<br />

California and her teenage years in Montreal,<br />

Canada, before returning to the U.S. to attend<br />

Howard University.<br />

The Bottom Line<br />

Kamala Harris’s public service career has<br />

been filled with firsts: the first woman, and the<br />

first Black woman, the first South Asian-American<br />

elected to hold various government offices and<br />

positions, including state attorney general and<br />

U.S. senator. The culmination of these is the job<br />

of vice president of the U.S. As one publication<br />

put it, “her political gifts made it easy to forget<br />

that with each step in her career she was<br />

making history.”<br />

Her journey reflects a blend of centrist and<br />

liberal ideologies, and her role continues to<br />

evolve, as she focuses on critical issues like<br />

voting rights and immigration.<br />

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FEATURE<br />

Model To<br />

Celebrate<br />

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Candice<br />

Swanepoe:<br />

The Highest Paid<br />

African Model Alive<br />

By Sasha Bokamoso<br />

I<br />

was born in a little South<br />

African village called Mooi<br />

River, where I grew up on a<br />

dairy and beef farm. I spent my<br />

childhood surrounded by life,<br />

love, nature and family. As a<br />

little girl I always knew I wanted<br />

to do something different,<br />

something my family and I<br />

could be proud of one day.<br />

I had a passion for beauty<br />

and fashion from a very young<br />

age, so I was thrilled when a<br />

talent scout in a flea market<br />

spotted me at age 15. At<br />

the time, I was at St. Anne’s<br />

College, an all-girls boarding<br />

school where I embraced new<br />

friends and the potential of a<br />

great education.<br />

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My world was about to<br />

change drastically in a way I<br />

could never have imagined.<br />

Within a year of meeting the<br />

scout, at age 16, I was booking<br />

more and more modeling jobs<br />

all across Europe. While this<br />

was an incredible blessing for<br />

someone from such a sheltered<br />

upbringing, it also forced me<br />

to make tough decisions about<br />

my life at a young age.<br />

After two years of traveling<br />

between Paris, Milan, London<br />

and South Africa, I took a leap<br />

of faith and moved to New<br />

York City to model full-time.<br />

Separated from everything<br />

familiar, I relied on my drive<br />

and ambition as I lived on my<br />

own overseas. I gave up a<br />

normal teenage life with my<br />

family and friends to pursue a<br />

dream, but what I have gotten<br />

in return is simply incredible.<br />

I’ve been blessed to meet<br />

some very special and unique<br />

people who have helped me<br />

along the way and pushed me<br />

to be the best person I can be,<br />

both professionally and in my<br />

personal relationships. Finding<br />

true friends and mentors in my<br />

industry has kept me grounded<br />

during my journey.<br />

After moving to the Big<br />

Apple, it wasn’t long before<br />

Victoria’s Secret found me<br />

and took me under their<br />

great big feathery wings.<br />

With their family of models,<br />

stylists, designers and artists,<br />

I’ve continued to grow and<br />

learn each day. Becoming a<br />

Victoria’s Secret Angel allowed<br />

me the opportunity to see a<br />

completely different side of the<br />

modeling world. Not only do I<br />

wear their beautiful products,<br />

but I am given a voice and<br />

encouraged to become a part<br />

of the company.<br />

Recently I’ve had the<br />

opportunity to do some<br />

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amazing editorial and high<br />

fashion work with the incredible<br />

photographers Mario Testino<br />

and Bruce Weber. These men<br />

gave me a chance to show my<br />

artistic diversity and express a<br />

genuine love for what I do. Shortly<br />

afterwards I shot the cover of<br />

Italian Vogue with Steven Meisel,<br />

another highly-influential person<br />

in the fashion industry. With the<br />

help of these people my career<br />

continues to grow and change,<br />

forcing me to take every day as it<br />

comes.<br />

After starting my career from<br />

literally nothing, I will always<br />

be thankful to the people who<br />

gave me a chance. I credit the<br />

success I’ve been blessed with<br />

to everyone who saw something<br />

special in me and helped me<br />

along the way. Most days I still<br />

wake up feeling like the 15-yearold<br />

girl from a South African farm<br />

town, simply overwhelmed with<br />

gratitude for the journey I am on.<br />

I could not have become the<br />

person I am without the values<br />

instilled in me by my loyal and<br />

ever-loving parents.<br />

Despite the high-profile life I<br />

lead, I’m still happiest and most<br />

comfortable hiding away on<br />

a beach with a good pair of<br />

sunglasses, soft sand and some<br />

Reggae music. I love exploring<br />

exercise and nutrition, finding<br />

new ways to keep my body in top<br />

shape.<br />

I can’t express enough thanks<br />

to the fans who have supported<br />

me over the years. Your daily<br />

encouragement and care is what<br />

keeps my spirits up and puts a<br />

smile on my face.<br />

— Candice<br />

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FEATURE<br />

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW<br />

Up-Close and Personal<br />

with Nollywood Celebrity,<br />

Christiana<br />

Martin<br />

By Sebastiane Ebatamehi<br />

When the internationally<br />

celebrated poet and<br />

writer, Avijeet Das,<br />

penned the phrase “She is a<br />

Volcano of Talents,” he was<br />

undoubtedly referring to<br />

Christiana Martin.<br />

Recognized as one of the most<br />

talented film-makers and actors<br />

by any standards, Christiana<br />

Martin is a leading Nigerian-<br />

German actress with several<br />

blockbuster movies to her credit.<br />

Born on October 26th in<br />

the bustling city of Warri, Delta<br />

State, Christiana Martin boasts<br />

a multicultural heritage, being<br />

the offspring of a Nigerian<br />

mother and a German father.<br />

Recognized as Nigeria’s most<br />

stunning actress, she also<br />

showcases a remarkable<br />

collection of exquisite tattoos.<br />

Having pursued a robust<br />

education, Christiana obtained<br />

her First School Leaving Certificate<br />

and West African School Certificate<br />

in Nigeria before venturing to the<br />

esteemed New York Film Academy.<br />

There, she specialized in HI-DEF<br />

Filmmaking and Acting, achieving<br />

this milestone in 2015 at the Abu<br />

Dhabi campus.<br />

Upon her return to Nigeria,<br />

Christiana made her mark in the<br />

entertainment industry, gracing<br />

numerous films and TV series<br />

including “Gidi Up,” “Breakfast,”<br />

“Lekki Wives,” “Thieves and<br />

Weavers,” “Twenty Four7,” “Love<br />

Notes,” “Four Brothers,” “Midlife<br />

Blues,” “Mirage,” and several others.<br />

Throughout her career, she<br />

has collaborated with industry<br />

heavyweights like Femi Branch,<br />

Daniel K Daniel, Tamara Eteiemo,<br />

Mofe Duncan, Diana Childs, Jimmy<br />

Odukoya, Uzor Arukwe, Angel<br />

Ufoma, Bolanle Ninalowo, and Alex<br />

Ekubo.<br />

Beyond her acting prowess,<br />

Christiana also excels in the culinary<br />

arts. In 2020, she was tapped to<br />

host the television cooking show,<br />

“Soup Tube,” where celebrities<br />

showcase their culinary skills.<br />

Renowned personalities who<br />

have appeared as guests on her<br />

show include Gbenga Adeyinka,<br />

Uti Nwachukwu, Esther Agunbiade,<br />

Uche James Iroha, Fred Amata,<br />

Chris Okagbue, and Efe Henry,<br />

among others.<br />

Our team sat down with<br />

Christiana Martin for an Exclusive<br />

interview and photoshoot, and the<br />

multi-talented superstar left no<br />

stones unturned as she opened the<br />

doors into her world. Enjoy!<br />

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Christiana, you’re having such<br />

a successful career in the movie<br />

industry. What first drew you<br />

to acting, and what keeps you<br />

passionate about it?<br />

Christiana Martin: I got drawn<br />

into acting after I did a cameo on a<br />

movie set I was shy at first but then<br />

I found out I enjoyed that little role.<br />

After that, I decided to pursue a<br />

formal education at the New York<br />

Film Academy. Acting for Film and<br />

Hi-Definition Film making. After school,<br />

I loved portraying different characters<br />

and bringing them to life. That’s what<br />

keeps me going.<br />

Can you take us through the<br />

journey of your career so far?<br />

What have been the highlights and<br />

challenges along the way?<br />

Christiana Martin: After school, I<br />

produced my first movie SCORNED<br />

where I won best producer in TINFF.<br />

After that I have had the opportunity<br />

to work with a lot of talented actors<br />

and actresses, learning as I go. I<br />

just co-produced 2 more movies<br />

DESPERADOES and A MOTHER’S LOVE<br />

which you guys should watch out for. I<br />

have had my fair share of challenges<br />

but I don’t dwell on them or talk about<br />

them because they are all learning<br />

processes. Every mistake is a lesson<br />

learnt. We just move forward.<br />

Are there any specific roles<br />

or genres that you’re particularly<br />

drawn to? What attracts you to<br />

these types of characters or stories?<br />

Christiana Martin: Well, honestly,<br />

I am very diverse. I could play most<br />

characters. Soft, tough, crybaby. But<br />

what matters most to me is being able<br />

to bring the character to life. I have<br />

always been drawn to being in a soft<br />

action movie where I can be tough<br />

and do some stunts. I don’t do all<br />

these workouts for nothing. At least let<br />

me use it to do an action film. Lol<br />

Tell us about your upcoming<br />

projects. What can fans expect to<br />

see from you in the near future?<br />

Christiana Martin: Well like I<br />

mentioned earlier I just co-produced<br />

two movies DESPERADOES AND A<br />

MOTHERS LOVE which will be out in<br />

2023 and <strong>2024</strong>. I would be trying my<br />

best to dive into more production.<br />

So expect more movies from my<br />

production company - SILENT MEDIA<br />

PRODUCTIONS, by His grace.<br />

Building on your successful<br />

acting career, you’re now exploring<br />

entrepreneurial ventures. What<br />

motivated you to venture into<br />

business, and can you tell us more<br />

about your new endeavours?<br />

Christiana Martin: I am the<br />

Marketer for the factory. I believe<br />

You can’t have just one source of<br />

income that is what drove me to get a<br />

diploma in Digital Marketing. And I love<br />

being diverse, as a creative I like trying<br />

different things. From selling my artwork<br />

as an artist to being a chandler and<br />

making resin home decorations.<br />

As a fitness enthusiast, how<br />

do you incorporate your love for<br />

healthy living into your busy<br />

schedule? Any tips for our readers<br />

on maintaining a healthy lifestyle?<br />

Christiana Martin: Well fitness<br />

is a lifestyle for me. It’s something<br />

I already incorporated into my life<br />

for a long time. I wake up at 5:45<br />

in the morning to be able to get to<br />

the gym and train for two hours. I<br />

have built my schedule around that<br />

time and it all seems to work for me.<br />

My diet is quite simple because I<br />

developed IBS last year. And I just<br />

have to cut out a few things that<br />

cause me discomfort but I still eat<br />

like everyone (I love amala) in small<br />

portions. But I do try to avoid refined<br />

sugar. I advise people that you<br />

don’t necessarily have to train like<br />

an athlete but an hour of walking/<br />

jogging would do you good and<br />

maintaining a good diet also is very<br />

important. You can’t go to the gym<br />

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and then go and swallow one basin<br />

of fufu afterwards.<br />

Are there any particular fitness<br />

regimens or exercises that you find<br />

most effective in staying physically<br />

and mentally fit?<br />

Christiana Martin: I normally prefer<br />

working out in the mornings cos it<br />

makes me feel more energetic during<br />

the day. And I love HIIT or CrossFit.<br />

Anything to get my heart racing. I do<br />

lift heavy. But I don’t advise anyone to<br />

lift heavy without a proper trainer or<br />

spotter.<br />

What advice would you give to<br />

young actors who are just starting<br />

out and hoping to achieve the<br />

success you’ve experienced?<br />

Christiana Martin: My advice is<br />

never to give up, go for auditions,<br />

perfect your craft, and put yourself<br />

out there. Learn from the people<br />

before you or people that are already<br />

there. You can never have too much<br />

knowledge. And honestly just work<br />

smarter not just harder.<br />

Moving forward, what are your<br />

goals for your acting career?<br />

Are there any specific roles or<br />

achievements you’re aiming for?<br />

Christiana Martin: Well, I am a<br />

very simple person all I want with my<br />

acting career is to be a well-known<br />

household name. My kiddos are<br />

already very proud of what I have<br />

been able to accomplish but that<br />

would be just wonderful to achieve.<br />

How do you recharge and<br />

relax when you have a moment to<br />

yourself? Any favourite hobbies or<br />

indulgences?<br />

Christiana Martin: I love the water<br />

so I am constantly at the beach.<br />

There is something about the fluidity<br />

and freedom of water. I also am an<br />

artist well not Pablo Picasso kinda artist.<br />

But I have a thing for abstract art and<br />

abstract geometry. When I am tensed<br />

up or stressed, I pick up my brush<br />

and canvas. Some of my artworks<br />

are being displayed at MOBILIA<br />

FURNITURES even though they get sold<br />

out quickly.<br />

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FASHION<br />

Check Out the Be<br />

Fall <strong>2024</strong> Show<br />

By Abigeal Bankole<br />

The fashion elite has descended<br />

upon London for the next leg<br />

of the fashion month circuit,<br />

and the fall <strong>2024</strong> schedule is<br />

brimming with excitement.<br />

This year marks the 40th<br />

anniversary of London Fashion Week,<br />

a momentous occasion that the<br />

city plans to commemorate with a<br />

grand celebration at 10 Downing<br />

Street, hosted by the Prime Minister.<br />

The week ahead promises a total<br />

of 44 shows and 15 presentations,<br />

showcasing the whimsical,<br />

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st Photos from the<br />

s in London<br />

experimental, and boundarypushing<br />

designs that have become<br />

synonymous with British fashion.<br />

Leading the pack is Burberry, set<br />

to dazzle audiences with creative<br />

director Daniel Lee’s latest collection<br />

for the brand. Meanwhile, Simone<br />

Rocha, fresh from her couture<br />

debut at Jean Paul Gaultier, returns<br />

home to the U.K. to showcase<br />

her ready-to-wear collection. J.W.<br />

Anderson, known for his daring and<br />

commercially innovative designs,<br />

delights audiences with his playful<br />

and oversized creations infused with<br />

Pop art influences.<br />

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Making a highly anticipated return<br />

to London Fashion Week is Marques<br />

Almeida, marking their first show in<br />

the city since 2020. The duo behind<br />

the brand, Marta Marques and Paulo<br />

Almeida, previously showcased<br />

their designs in Porto, where their<br />

company is headquartered.<br />

Of course, London Fashion Week<br />

wouldn’t be complete without the<br />

avant-garde vision of the city’s<br />

emerging designers. Central Saint<br />

Martins alumni Amber W. Smith<br />

and Susan Fang, along with Paolo<br />

Carzana, recognized as an LVMH<br />

prize semi-finalist, are among<br />

the rising talents set to captivate<br />

audiences with their innovative<br />

creations.<br />

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FASHION<br />

Da’Vine Joy Randolph<br />

All you Missed at the<br />

Oscars<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

By Praise David<br />

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s<br />

most anticipated night, the 96th annual<br />

Academy Awards, brought forth not only<br />

on-screen magic but also a flurry of<br />

behind-the-scenes moments that added to the<br />

excitement.<br />

Host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the evening<br />

with his signature humor, poking fun at various<br />

topics including Robert Downey Jr.’s past<br />

struggles with addiction, Robert De Niro’s<br />

relationship, and the Academy’s omission of<br />

Barbie director<br />

Greta Gerwig<br />

from the<br />

nominations.<br />

Ryan Gosling<br />

Leading<br />

the pack with 13 nominations, Oppenheimer<br />

dominated the awards night, followed closely<br />

by Poor Things with 11 and Killers of the Flower<br />

Moon with 10 nods. Despite Barbie missing out<br />

on the Best Picture award, star Ryan Gosling stole<br />

the show with his performance of “I’m Just Ken”<br />

alongside Mark Ronson and a lineup of Kens,<br />

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including Simu Liu and Kingsley<br />

Ben-Adir. The emotional rendition<br />

of “What Was I Made For?” by Best<br />

Original Song winners Billie Eilish<br />

and Finneas O’Connell tugged at<br />

heartstrings.<br />

John Cena’s humorous nod to<br />

a historic streaker at the Oscars,<br />

and a Twins reunion featuring<br />

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny<br />

DeVito added to the evening’s<br />

entertainment. Al Pacino’s standing<br />

ovation marked the end of the<br />

show with the presentation of<br />

Best Picture to Christopher<br />

Nolan’s historical drama.<br />

Da’Vine Joy Randolph<br />

kicked off the awards<br />

ceremony by winning Best<br />

Supporting Actress, moving<br />

the audience with her heartfelt<br />

acceptance speech. Throughout<br />

the night, stars like Emily Blunt,<br />

Kirsten Dunst, and Regina King<br />

mingled and cheered on their<br />

colleagues, creating memorable<br />

moments of camaraderie.<br />

As the night progressed,<br />

lighthearted interactions<br />

between celebrities filled the<br />

atmosphere. From impromptu<br />

dancing between Robert<br />

Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo to<br />

heartfelt embraces shared by<br />

Bradley Cooper and Robert De<br />

Niro, the evening was filled with<br />

warmth and camaraderie.<br />

Ariana Grande’s extra hug<br />

for Billie Eilish, and heartfelt<br />

moments between winners<br />

like Eddie Murphy and John<br />

Krasinski, added to the<br />

emotional highs of the night.<br />

As the ceremony drew to a<br />

close, celebrities relaxed and<br />

celebrated their achievements,<br />

making memories that will last<br />

a lifetime.<br />

Winners<br />

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FASHION ESCAPE<br />

Global Fashion<br />

Police:<br />

Best and<br />

Worst Dressed<br />

Celebrities at<br />

the BAFTAs<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

By Amenna Daayo<br />

As with any other awards ceremony, the BAFTA<br />

night was a spectacle of fashion. Dubbed<br />

as Britain’s Oscars, these awards celebrate<br />

the finest achievements in cinema for 2023.<br />

A-listers from both sides of the Atlantic graced the<br />

red carpet at the Royal Festival Hall in London,<br />

England, showcasing their best fashion choices.<br />

However, not every celebrity looks earned<br />

accolades for being the best-dressed—some were<br />

unconventional, while others missed the mark<br />

entirely.<br />

As we conclude the glamorous evening, here’s<br />

a roundup of all the stunning, unconventional,<br />

and disappointing looks from the red carpet.<br />

Emma Stone<br />

Emma Stone’s look at<br />

BAFTA was not flattering<br />

at all. The Poor Things star,<br />

who took the Best Actress<br />

trophy, showed up wearing<br />

an orange Victorian gown.<br />

Her one-shoulder dress<br />

with a dramatic balloon<br />

sleeve featured a chiffon<br />

skirt with a textured top.<br />

Verdict: 2/10<br />

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Emily Blunt<br />

Emily Blunt’s daring<br />

sheer dress landed<br />

somewhere in<br />

between the best and<br />

the worst. At 40, Blunt<br />

made a statement in<br />

an Elie Saab Couture<br />

gown embellished with<br />

intricate beading from<br />

top to bottom. While<br />

the dress featured<br />

striking cutouts around<br />

the stomach area and<br />

dramatic sleeves, it<br />

didn’t quite break new<br />

ground in terms of<br />

design.<br />

Verdict: 3/10<br />

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Naomi<br />

Campbell<br />

Lilly<br />

Collins<br />

Lilly Collins showed<br />

up in a breathtaking<br />

dress at the BAFTA red<br />

carpet. For the event,<br />

Collins chose to wear<br />

an impeccable offthe-shoulder<br />

gown by<br />

Tamara Ralph.<br />

Verdict: 4/10<br />

Renowned supermodel<br />

Naomi Campbell<br />

usually wows with her<br />

fashion choices, but<br />

this time, she fell short.<br />

Campbell graced<br />

the BAFTA red carpet<br />

in a flowing gown<br />

complete with a<br />

hood, giving off vibes<br />

reminiscent of a dark<br />

fairytale witch.<br />

Verdict: 4/10<br />

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Deepika<br />

Padukone<br />

Deepika Padukone<br />

stole the spotlight in a<br />

resplendent golden<br />

saree! Gracing the<br />

BAFTA red carpet,<br />

Padukone radiated<br />

elegance and<br />

pride for India in her<br />

stunning ensemble by<br />

Sabyasachi. Opting for<br />

a minimalist approach,<br />

she complemented her<br />

attire with delicate drop<br />

earrings and an elegant<br />

high bun hairstyle.<br />

Verdict: 7/10<br />

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Margot<br />

Robbie<br />

Margot Robbie and<br />

her Barbie fashion!<br />

The actress walked<br />

the <strong>2024</strong> BAFTAs<br />

red carpet wearing<br />

a custom Giorgio<br />

Armani Privé pink and<br />

black gown with a<br />

sweetheart neckline.<br />

Her black opera gloves<br />

added more drama<br />

to her.<br />

Verdict: 3/10<br />

Dua Lipa<br />

Dua Lipa dazzled in a<br />

breathtaking ensemble,<br />

donning a striking<br />

floor-length red gown<br />

with a halter neck and<br />

complementing red<br />

cape. Accentuating her<br />

attire with a diamond<br />

bracelet, her burgundy<br />

hair added a hint of<br />

drama to her overall<br />

look.<br />

Verdict: 8/10<br />

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Emma Corin<br />

Emma Corin and her<br />

unusual outfits! At BAFTA,<br />

Emma, who uses they/<br />

them pronouns, wore<br />

an outfit that is hard to<br />

describe. The Crown star,<br />

who wore attire from<br />

Italian fashion house<br />

Miu Miu, featured sheer<br />

black pants with blue<br />

tights and a full-sleeved<br />

crop top. Corin’s look<br />

left everyone scratching<br />

their heads.<br />

Verdict: 2/10<br />

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The Best Street<br />

Outfits from Pa<br />

Week Fall 202<br />

FASHION ESCAPE<br />

By Abigeal Bankole<br />

Paris Fashion Week is always a highly<br />

anticipated event in the fashion<br />

industry. It showcases the latest<br />

collections from renowned French<br />

fashion houses like Dior, Chanel, Louis<br />

Vuitton, and Miu Miu.<br />

But it’s not just the runway that steals the<br />

show; the street style during Paris Fashion<br />

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ris Fashion<br />

4 Shows<br />

FASHION<br />

Week is equally awe-inspiring. Fashion<br />

enthusiasts, influencers, editors, and stylists<br />

from all corners of the industry come<br />

together to flaunt their unique and trendy<br />

outfits.<br />

Attendees showcased their unique<br />

fashion sensibilities, pushing boundaries and<br />

embracing the latest trends. From classic<br />

and chic looks to bold and experimental<br />

ensembles, the street style during Paris<br />

Fashion Week was a true reflection of<br />

individual style and fashion creativity<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

BEAUTY<br />

Can You Use Rosemary Oil for Beauty and<br />

Hair Growth? What to Know<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

Sasha Bokamoso<br />

Rosemary is a culinary and<br />

healing herb. This woody<br />

perennial is native to the<br />

Mediterranean region, where<br />

it’s been used as food and<br />

medicine for centuries.<br />

Much like oregano,<br />

peppermint, and cinnamon,<br />

rosemary is frequently found in<br />

essential oil form. Essential oils<br />

are highly concentrated and<br />

distilled extracts of volatile plant<br />

compounds. These are used<br />

for cooking, cleaning, beauty,<br />

health, and other purposes.<br />

Rosemary essential oil is<br />

a common variety you can<br />

purchase and use as a home<br />

remedy. The oil’s health uses<br />

range from antioxidant benefits<br />

and anti-inflammation to<br />

memory enhancement and<br />

more.<br />

In recent years, there have<br />

been claims that the oil may<br />

be great for hair growth. Some<br />

say it could even prevent hair<br />

loss, pointing to Mediterranean<br />

cultures’ use of rosemary in hair<br />

rinses to promote hair growth for<br />

hundreds of years as supporting<br />

evidence.<br />

Can rosemary oil treat<br />

hair loss?<br />

The idea that rosemary oil<br />

encourages hair growth may<br />

come from the rosemary’s basic<br />

health benefits. The plant in<br />

essential oil form is said to:<br />

Like peppermint essential<br />

oil (also used to promote hair<br />

growth), rosemary essential<br />

oil strengthens circulation. As<br />

a result, it could prevent hair<br />

follicles from being starved of<br />

blood supply, dying off, and<br />

leading to hair loss.<br />

Beyond stimulating hair<br />

growth, rosemary essential oil<br />

is used to prevent premature<br />

graying and dandruff. It may also<br />

help dry or itchy scalp.<br />

How should I use<br />

rosemary oil for hair<br />

loss?<br />

Here are a few ways to try<br />

using rosemary essential oil as<br />

a hair restorative and thickener.<br />

Try any of these treatments one<br />

to two times per week to start<br />

out. Use them more often when<br />

desired or you’ve become<br />

comfortable using them.<br />

1. Massage it directly<br />

into your scalp<br />

After mixing about 5 drops<br />

of rosemary essential oil with a<br />

teaspoon of carrier oil (like jojoba<br />

oil or coconut oil), massage<br />

evenly into your scalp after bath<br />

or shower. Rinsing out the oil<br />

afterward is optional — though if<br />

you do rinse, let the oil sit on your<br />

scalp for at least 5 to 10 minutes<br />

beforehand.<br />

2. Mix it into your<br />

shampoo<br />

This can also apply to<br />

conditioners, lotions, or creams.<br />

Play it safe and don’t add too<br />

much. Keep to about five drops<br />

per ounce of product. Afterward,<br />

use the product like usual. You<br />

can also add 2 to 3 drops<br />

directly to any hair product when<br />

you apply a dollop of it on your<br />

palm before use.<br />

3. Add it to your own<br />

homemade shampoo<br />

There are many recipes online<br />

for a shampoo base. You can<br />

also add essential oils for your<br />

preferred health and beauty<br />

benefits. These may incorporate<br />

a mixture of baking soda,<br />

coconut oil, essential oil, and<br />

possibly other oils. Try this one at<br />

Tiny Apothecary.<br />

What should I know<br />

before using rosemary<br />

oil?<br />

Avoid getting essential oil in<br />

your eyes. If contact occurs,<br />

quickly rinse your eyes with cold<br />

water.<br />

Likewise, be careful not to<br />

apply too much to your scalp.<br />

Rosemary essential oil has been<br />

known to irritate the skin. It may<br />

cause discomfort, but no health<br />

dangers. To avoid skin irritation,<br />

dilute the oil with a carrier oil or<br />

other product before applying it.<br />

Not enough is known about<br />

the safety of using rosemary<br />

essential oils while pregnant or<br />

breastfeeding. Though using the<br />

essential oil for hair loss is only<br />

done topically, be cautious —<br />

its effects in this regard are still<br />

unknown.<br />

The bottom line<br />

Rosemary has been used by<br />

many to promote hair growth<br />

successfully. Using rosemary<br />

essential oil could very well do<br />

the same for you.<br />

Science and personal<br />

experience together both<br />

strongly suggest the essential oil<br />

does protect against hair loss,<br />

particularly that related to male<br />

or female pattern baldness.<br />

It may even be effective for<br />

alopecia.<br />

Rosemary essential oil is a<br />

simple remedy that you can use<br />

at home, and it may even be<br />

competitive with commercial<br />

products. What’s more, it’s quite<br />

safe when used correctly and<br />

yields very few side effects.<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

6 Top Hair<br />

Trends to<br />

Look Out<br />

For in <strong>2024</strong><br />

According to the Experts<br />

By Carol Lee<br />

Bob Up<br />

Chin-length bobs have always<br />

been stylish (Twiggy’s hair in<br />

the 1972 film The Boy Friend<br />

immediately comes to mind),<br />

and everybody’s catching<br />

on. “Maybe it’s because<br />

it’s the first of the year, but<br />

many clients are coming in<br />

wanting a chop to the chin right now.<br />

It’s timelessly chic and always in style,” says Macedo.<br />

It’s pretty easy to style at home, too; use a touch of heat and a<br />

little product, and you’re out the door. Plus, a quick spritz of dry<br />

shampoo in the morning keeps it bouncy and fresh in the days<br />

following wash day.<br />

Hair is a deeply personal<br />

experience. It’s a part<br />

of your identity and how<br />

you present yourself<br />

to the world, and the slightest<br />

change can either make you<br />

feel euphoric or send you<br />

spiraling (who hasn’t cried<br />

because of a bad haircut or<br />

coloring job?). Entrusting a stylist<br />

to deliver your desired results<br />

is a gamble, equally as risky<br />

as trusting yourself to find a<br />

hairstyle you’d feel confident in.<br />

Enter: ELLE.com’s guide to the<br />

best hair trends of <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

We’re in the throes of a new<br />

year, so what better time than<br />

now to switch up your signature<br />

look? In the past year, TikTok<br />

users have spawned a barrage<br />

of hair trends, from Sophie<br />

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Volume, Volume,<br />

Volume<br />

“With the mob wife aesthetic continuing<br />

to be popular, I think voluminous styles<br />

will stay a huge trend for <strong>2024</strong>. I see big<br />

bouncy blowouts and intentionally messy<br />

updos continuing to be popular this year,”<br />

says Laura Polko, a celebrity hairstylist<br />

based in Los Angeles. If 2023 was about<br />

tight, slicked-back buns, <strong>2024</strong> is the year<br />

of letting it all loose. Justine Marjan, a<br />

celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles,<br />

also predicts “layered cuts with lots of<br />

volume. We see many more bouncy<br />

blowouts and naturally looking voluminous<br />

curls that need a soft layered cut to<br />

support the added texture and root lift.”<br />

If you have fine hair that resists teasing,<br />

Marjan recommends extensions like the<br />

ones from Great Lengths to add some<br />

fullness. Just make sure to lock in any<br />

voluminous style with plenty of hairspray to<br />

keep it all in place.<br />

Richie-inspired buns to ‘70s-style<br />

fringe curtain bangs. As we look<br />

towards <strong>2024</strong>, there are a variety<br />

of trends to look out for, so we<br />

compiled a guide to six of the best<br />

ones to make your new signature<br />

style.<br />

In order to gather our top six<br />

hair trends of <strong>2024</strong>, we observed<br />

product releases, watched the<br />

runways and red carpets, and<br />

consulted seven hair stylists and<br />

experts who know their way<br />

around a salon chair. Maximalists,<br />

minimalists, and everyone in<br />

between are sure to find a trend<br />

they connect with. Who knows?<br />

Maybe you’ll want to add volume<br />

to your hair with hair extensions<br />

or bleach your hair, too. The<br />

possibilities, as always, are endless.<br />

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Rebel Pixie<br />

Harry Josh, a celebrity hairstylist and the<br />

creator of Harry Josh Pro Tools, says, “I see<br />

a big, rebellious cut, like the one Florence<br />

Pugh is known for, becoming popular in<br />

the coming months. We are seeing a lot of<br />

short, dramatic haircuts replacing the long,<br />

wavy look that we have ruled the media for<br />

the last 10 years.” Chopping your hair is an<br />

easy—albeit dramatic—way to switch up<br />

your vibe in a flash, and it might be time for<br />

those wanting to make a bold change to<br />

finally take that step. Amy Abramite, a stylist<br />

and the creative director at Maxine Salon in<br />

Chicago, recommends salon visits for touchups<br />

every four weeks when sporting this style.<br />

“Daily styling is low maintenance—no hot<br />

tools required. Push up and off the face with<br />

wax for a mussed-up matte finish and hold,”<br />

she adds.<br />

Bleach<br />

Blonde<br />

Not everyone is into lowmaintenance<br />

looks. Bleaching your<br />

hair is still very much en vogue,<br />

as evidenced by celebrities like<br />

Beyoncé and Rihanna. And it’s<br />

not just platinum blonde hair that’s<br />

getting all the love. “Warm colors<br />

are also becoming popular. Think<br />

honey and golden blondes,” says<br />

Renegar. If you try this yourself,<br />

be sure to use bond-supporting<br />

products that help to reduce<br />

and repair damage if or when it<br />

happens.<br />

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Bond Girl<br />

L’Oréal Professionnel and Kerasilk are entering<br />

the molecular bond repair game and for good<br />

reason, it just works. “Users can see and feel the<br />

noticeable improvements in hair strength, texture,<br />

and appearance. Thanks to innovation and social<br />

media, there’s an increased awareness about hair<br />

health and the effects of coloring, thermal styling, and<br />

environmental stressors. When paired with the in-salon<br />

treatment and at-home care, the results are impressive,<br />

as damage and breakage are addressed with this<br />

scientific approach,” explains Min Kim, the global<br />

ambassador of L’Oréal Professionnel. These formulas<br />

don’t just work on the surface of your strands; instead,<br />

the amino acids within them repair the inner structure<br />

of each hair, effectively reversing damage and leaving<br />

you with silkier, healthier hair.<br />

Au Naturale<br />

If you’re tired of regular salon visits and your<br />

hair is begging for a break, this is set to be<br />

your year. According to Cody Renegar,<br />

a celebrity hairstylist who splits his time<br />

between Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.,<br />

and Arkansas, the coming months will be all<br />

about falling in love with the hair color and<br />

texture your mama gave you. “Au naturale,<br />

classic looks, but with a personal edge, will<br />

be trending in <strong>2024</strong>. I see people returning<br />

to their roots—pun intended. People are<br />

really leaning into the low-maintenance<br />

thing right now,” he says. So whether you’re<br />

letting your roots grow in or learning to work<br />

with your curly hair, you can trust that you’re<br />

right on trend. “I’m seeing more and more<br />

wanting to embrace their natural texture. If<br />

you have a great haircut, all you need is a<br />

little product to assist—whether to de-frizz or<br />

encourage curls—and you should be able<br />

to have a beautiful air-dry,” Kelly Macedo,<br />

a stylist and the owner of Interior Hair in Los<br />

Angeles, explains.<br />

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ESCAPE<br />

Venice:<br />

The Romance<br />

Capital of the<br />

World<br />

By Praise David<br />

The Italian city of Venice<br />

surely makes it onto every<br />

traveller’s must-see list. It is a<br />

destination unlike any other,<br />

with a reputation for romance<br />

that surpasses even that of the<br />

Italian capital, or Venice’s near<br />

neighbour that was the setting for<br />

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.<br />

Why is Venice so associated<br />

with romance? Well firstly, you can<br />

whisper sweet nothings into your<br />

beloved’s ear without the sound<br />

being drowned out by traffic.<br />

The main tourist area of Venice<br />

is entirely car-free, which is most<br />

conducive to romantic wanderings<br />

by the canal at twilight, dinner à<br />

deux in an intimate trattoria, and<br />

watching the sun set over the<br />

buildings painted in the softest ice<br />

cream colours.<br />

Apart from near silence, there’s<br />

the all-encompassing presence<br />

of the water. There is literally a<br />

canal around every corner in<br />

Venice. Your hotel is very<br />

likely to afford you some<br />

sort of vista of one canal or<br />

another, so you can watch<br />

the gondoliers serenading<br />

their clients as they punt along<br />

the water. Wandering the cosy,<br />

cobbled lanes of Venice is one<br />

of the pleasures of a visit to this<br />

beguiling city, and the shimmer<br />

of the water at the end of an<br />

alley or far corner of a square is as<br />

enticing a sight as you’re likely to<br />

behold anywhere on earth.<br />

The city’s squares are another<br />

big draw for those visiting Venice.<br />

St Mark’s in the biggest and best<br />

known, and is home to the Basilica<br />

di San Marco as well as some<br />

ancient coffee shops that are<br />

packed with local character. Close<br />

by and right on the waterfront is<br />

the Palazzo Ducale, a magnificent<br />

gothic structure with a distinctly<br />

Venetian twist, not least in its pink<br />

marble and white stone facade.<br />

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If the food of love for you<br />

involves exquisite pastries,<br />

delicious pasta dishes, freshly<br />

stone baked pizzas and<br />

gelato in every flavour, you<br />

can imagine then Venice is<br />

simply paradise. Shy away<br />

from the main tourist routes<br />

and stumble upon your very<br />

own secret little osteria or<br />

ristorante, where ordering<br />

from a menu you cannot<br />

quite decipher is all part<br />

of the fun.<br />

When was<br />

Venice built?<br />

Somewhat unusually<br />

for Italy, the decline<br />

of the Roman Empire<br />

was followed by the<br />

formation of Venice. The lagoon’s<br />

islands were initially home to<br />

salt workers and fishermen, who<br />

were joined by refugees from<br />

the mainland when they were<br />

driven out by the Lombards. In<br />

584 Ravenna was created, with<br />

representatives from the islands<br />

forming part of a Byzantine<br />

authority. In 641, the city of<br />

Oderzo on the mainland fell to<br />

the Lombards. By 727 Venice<br />

had elected their very first duke,<br />

and there then followed a period<br />

of political strife, during which<br />

pro- and anti-Byzantine groups<br />

struggled for power.<br />

Finally, the doge (duke) joined<br />

forces with the Italian Franks and<br />

thus succeeded in freeing Venice<br />

from Byzantine control. Trade grew<br />

rapidly, and Venice dealt with<br />

nations all over Europe and the<br />

Middle East, at one point claiming<br />

Constantinople (now Istanbul).<br />

During the 9th century, Doge<br />

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Domenico Contarini oversaw the<br />

construction of St Mark’s church,<br />

which was intended to convey the<br />

indomitable Venetian spirit as well<br />

as providing a place of worship.<br />

At this time Venice had a very<br />

cosmopolitan mix of residents,<br />

including Armenians, Greeks, Turks<br />

and Germans, as well as Jews<br />

who had been banished from<br />

elsewhere. The city’s architecture<br />

still displays influences from a vast<br />

range of cultures and styles today.<br />

The Basilica di San Marco is much<br />

admired for its domes decorated<br />

in gold mosaic, and the building<br />

features a Greek cross, Roman<br />

archways and Islamic style stone<br />

floors.<br />

As Venice conquered new<br />

territories, new booty was displayed<br />

on the iconic church, so the<br />

building features Roman bronze<br />

and Egyptian marble, and shifted<br />

in style over time, beginning with<br />

Gothic and ending in Renaissance<br />

architecture.<br />

During the 12th century<br />

Venice developed its very own<br />

style of Gothic architecture in an<br />

attempt to compete with other<br />

European cities such as Paris, and<br />

in the 13th century vast swathes<br />

of Romanesque and Byzantine<br />

structures were replaced with<br />

grand Venetian Gothic buildings.<br />

In later centuries, Renaissance was<br />

all the rage, then this was in due<br />

course followed by Baroque and<br />

Neoclassical styles. All of these are<br />

evident in Venice today.<br />

When to visit Venice<br />

The best time to visit Venice very<br />

much depends on what you want<br />

from your trip to the city of love. Do<br />

you want to wander hand-in-hand<br />

in secluded silence? Or would<br />

you prefer to party with the hordes<br />

during the world-famous Carnival<br />

of Venice? Are you planning to<br />

spend your time sightseeing, or do<br />

you want to enjoy some scorching<br />

Italian summer weather?<br />

Venice Carnival takes place<br />

early in the year, usually during<br />

February, but the dates do change<br />

in line with Easter as the carnival<br />

draws to a close with the advent<br />

of Lent. The most notable and<br />

best-known nature of Carnevale<br />

is the masks, which are intricate,<br />

colourful, incredibly detailed<br />

and a breath-taking sight to<br />

behold. If you don’t mind the<br />

cold – and the crowds – a visit<br />

during the Carnevale di Venezia is<br />

unforgettable.<br />

Apart from the February<br />

carnival season, the best times<br />

to visit Venice are during spring<br />

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and autumn. It is not too hot for<br />

sightseeing during <strong>April</strong>, May,<br />

September and October, nor is<br />

the weather too chilly. If you’d<br />

rather shiver in near-silence, avoid<br />

the crowds by planning a trip<br />

during winter, when the icy air<br />

gives romantics the excuse to<br />

huddle together and enjoy the<br />

cosy conviviality of Venice’s indoor<br />

spaces.<br />

If you do visit during summer,<br />

do not despair. July and August<br />

are undeniably busy, but for some<br />

this only adds to the atmosphere.<br />

Venice’s position by the coast<br />

ensures it is not as hot as other<br />

inland Italian cities, so you needn’t<br />

swelter as much as you might<br />

elsewhere.<br />

Whenever you can spare the<br />

time, make sure you go to Venice.<br />

There’s nowhere quite like it on<br />

earth, and this is certainly a city<br />

that, once visited, will never be<br />

forgotten.<br />

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FOOD<br />

Greek<br />

Yogurt:<br />

Strained Greek-style<br />

yogurt offers higher<br />

protein and lower lactose<br />

content than unstrained<br />

varieties, making it an<br />

excellent option for<br />

fitness enthusiasts. Enjoy it<br />

topped with granola as a<br />

healthy snack or part of a<br />

balanced meal.<br />

The Best Foods to<br />

Help You Keep in<br />

Shape<br />

By Dana Angelo White,<br />

M.S., R.D., A.T.C.<br />

B<br />

oost your workout success with<br />

these 10 essential fitness foods<br />

that serve as potent fuel for your<br />

body:<br />

Bananas:<br />

Rich in potassium,<br />

bananas are perfect<br />

for replenishing<br />

tired muscles postexercise.<br />

Freeze<br />

them ahead of<br />

time for creamy<br />

smoothies packed<br />

with nutrients.<br />

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Chocolate<br />

Milk:<br />

The carb-to-protein ratio<br />

in chocolate milk is ideal<br />

for post-workout recovery,<br />

backed by growing<br />

evidence. If dairy isn’t your<br />

thing, opt for chocolate<br />

soy milk as a comparable<br />

dairy-free alternative.


FOOD<br />

Nuts: Packed with good-for-you fuel, nuts offer 150<br />

to 200 calories per ounce. Opt for high-protein options<br />

like pistachios and almonds for a nutritious post-exercise<br />

snack.<br />

Lean Meats: Animal<br />

proteins like chicken, turkey, and<br />

lean beef provide essential musclebuilding<br />

blocks. Choose low-fat<br />

options to support lean and strong<br />

muscles.<br />

Eggs: Eggs are a powerhouse<br />

of protein, Omega-3 fats, and<br />

essential vitamins like B12 and<br />

D. Don’t skip the yolks; they offer<br />

valuable nutrients. Enjoy egg<br />

sandwiches for a quick post-workout<br />

breakfast or combine them with<br />

potatoes for a satisfying weekend<br />

meal.<br />

Oatmeal: Not only is oatmeal a<br />

delicious breakfast choice, but its soluble fiber<br />

promotes heart health and stabilizes blood sugar<br />

levels. Start your day with a small bowl topped<br />

with fresh fruit for an ideal pre-workout meal.<br />

Lean Meats: Animal<br />

proteins like chicken, turkey, and<br />

lean beef provide essential musclebuilding<br />

blocks. Choose low-fat<br />

options to support lean and strong<br />

muscles.<br />

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