Beauty LaunchPad - April 2013 - (Page 122)

World View 1 BaghdadBeauty In an emblematic break with the past, Iraq’s best hairstylists and cosmetologists hold a beauty event for the first time in more than a decade. ABOVE/RIGHT: ➊ A model waits for her catwalk debut at the Make-Up, Hairdressing and Fashion Show—the first since 1999. ➋ A machine gun–armed guard protects the models and stylists. Invitation was strictly via word-of-mouth to reduce the risk of violence. ➌ Hairdressers—one of whom is blindfolded—compete onstage. 122 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | APRIL 2013 2 3 PATRICK BAZ/AFP/GETTY IMAGES It may come as a surprise, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past when Baghdad was actually a liberal city. But the wave of religious extremism that followed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 compelled most women to cover themselves and remain at home. Even worse, radical Islamists targeted hairdressers in particular, forcing nearly all to close their salons in fear. Naturally, this makes the recent Make-Up, Hairdressing and Fashion Show all the more remarkable—a sign that stylists and beauticians are emerging from the specter of terror. “Darkness used to dominate, and the light of beauty was extinguished 10 years ago, especially in women’s salons,” event organizer Nadya Hamza Fuad told news source AFP. “The most important thing about this festival is spotlighting the brightness of Iraqi women, which has gone unseen by the world.” Thankfully, not any longer.

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Beauty LaunchPad - April 2013
Contents
Log On
Editor’s Notebook
On The Cover
Runway Report
A-List
Trendspotting
Hair
Tools
Color
Men
Skin
Nails
Makeup
Solutions
Launches
Profiles
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Giving Back
Mood Board
Portfolio
Au Naturel
News
Free Launch
Quick Tips
Social Network
Advertiser Index
World View

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