Girl Power

Mix ‘n’ match make-up for women who break the mould

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY J EAN- PHILIPPE MALAVAL

Shy or bold. Sweet or sar­cas­tic. Strong or vul­ner­a­ble. Fem­i­nine or fem­i­nist. Now do us a favour and change each “or” into an “and.” Ah, yes, that feels so much bet­ter. Af­ter all, if fem­i­nism were born out of the de­sire that all women should have the free­dom to choose with­out feel­ing marginalised by those choices, why would our ap­proach to beauty be any dif­fer­ent? This story an­swers that ques­tion and re­flects a broader shift in our cul­ture. A cul­ture where a woman’s right to wear cos­met­ics (or not) with­out shame is cel­e­brated. Where a woman can be tough as nails and rock glit­ter man­i­cures, where a drill and a curl­ing iron can both be con­sid­ered power tools and a politi­cian/ath­lete/any­one can take a long, hard look in the mir­ror – and re­alise that her smoky eye could use more smoul­der. In 2017, we’re break­ing con­ven­tions – and it’s a pretty pow­er­ful thing.

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