Afro-Brazilian women flaunt ‘curl power’ at Carnival street party

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Hundreds of Afro-Brazilians took to the streets of Rio over the weekend in a Carnival street parade to encourage black Brazilian women to show off their natural hair and strut their curls.

The “curl power” parade was one of more than 100 street celebrations held in Rio ahead of Friday’s official start of Carnival, where street celebration themes can range from the playful to the more serious, touching on the country’s social or political issues.

The curl empowerment parade was sponsored by a Brazilian beauty salon chain. “We are telling women that they can leave their hair the way it naturally is, and feel confident and pretty, without denying their identity,” Leila Velez, a partner in the Natural Beauty salon told The Associated Press.

Brazil Carnival Curls

Velez said the salon wants to chip away at the perception that black women are more attractive if they straighten their hair.

Brazil Carnival Curls

Natural Beauty promoted the parade with the slogan:…

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~ by louella001 on February 16, 2015.

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