Annibelis Baez Is Ready For Waves In 'Gut Instinct' By Benny Horne For Porter Magazine #31

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Dominican Republic born model Annibelis Baez wears colorful two-piece swimsuits styled by Helen Broadfoot in ‘Gut Instinct’, lensed by Benny Horne for Porter Magazine #31 Spring 2019./ Hair by Braydon Nelson; makeup by Mariel Barrera

Doutzen Kroes Is SoftlyTailored In St. John Spring 2019 Campaign, Lensed By Lachlan Bailey

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Supermodel Doutzen Kroes follows in the footsteps of Edita Vilkeviciute, seen in St. John’s Resort 2019 Campaign, wearing the lean knits that define the brand for the Spring 2019 Campaign. Lachlan Bailey is again behind the lens for St, John, who announced in January that they have joined the list of luxury brands completing banning fur and exotic skins.

Imaan Hammam Poses In 'Goddess Rising' Lensed By Ethan James Green For WSJ Magazine March 2019

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Dutch Moroccan stunner Imaan Hammam is styled by Anastasia Barbieri in long, flowing gowns and linear elegance. Ethan James Green captures Imaan in the appropriately-named ‘Goddess Rising’, lensed in the Yucatan for WSJ Magazine March 2019./ Hair by Laurent Philippon; makeup by Karim Rahman

Mixing Nelson Mandela's Spirit With Navajo + Peruvian Practices, Londolozi South Africa Opens Healing House Spa

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Mixing Nelson Mandela's Spirit With Navaho + Peruvian Practices , Londolozi South Africa Opens Healing House Spa

Londolozi is one of South Africa’s original private game reserves, considered to be a pillar of global ecotourism. The word Londolozi comes from the Zulu word meaning ‘Protector Of All Living Things’.

Londolozi has also opened its first spa, the Healing House, and London-based Syz describes it as potentially “the most forward-thinking wellness offering in Africa.” In a story that spans generations Dave and Shan Varty have been replaced by their children Bronwyn and Boyd, who are the newest visionaries behind Londolozi.

Trained by Oprah’s life coach Martha Beck, the duo is heavily impacted by Beck’s belief “that the senses are deadened by desk jobs and smartphones and that you need to learn to listen to your body, the ultimate navigational tool, to tap into your innate wisdom”. Beck struck a deep cord in the modern0day hearts of Bronwyn and Boyd.

Impacted by their studies with Navaho medicine men and Peruvian shamans, sound — long considered to an original healing fix — is at the center of their rituals. These practices render Londolozi’s new spa as a fusion experience of ancient global practices that now harness the energy of the African wilderness.

Cleo Cwiek Covers ELLE Poland March 2019 In Fashion Artistry Lensed By Agnieszka Kulesza

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Stylist Maja Naskrętska joins model Cleo Cwiek in the artist’s studio, choosing fashion highlights of the season that range from sculptural shapes to lean leathers. Photographer Agnieszka Kulesza captures the creative, fashion examination for ELLE Poland March 2019.

Benny Horne Captures Julia Stegner In 'Utility' Looks For Porter Magazine #31 Spring 2019

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Model Julia Stegner showcases the always strong — perhaps now more than ever — ‘Utility’ trend, styled by Helen Broadfoot. Photographer-husband Benny Horne is behind the lens for Porter Magazine #31 Spring 2019./ Hair by Braydon Nelson; makeup by Mariel Barrera

Democrats Court Rural Southern Voters With Stacey Abrams’ State of the Union Response

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Democrats Court Rural Southern Voters With Stacey Abrams’ State of the Union Response

By Sharon Austin, Professor of Political Scieence and Director of the African American Studies Program, University of Florida. First published on The Conversation

In a brief, direct and optimistic speech about fighting immigrant scapegoating, racism and voter suppression, Stacey Abrams celebrated diversity in her Democratic rebuttal to Donald Trump’s divisive 2019 State of the Union address.

“We will create a stronger America together,” she said.

Abrams is the first African-American woman to deliver a State of the Union response in the 53-year history of this tradition. She is the first black woman to be nominated by a major party to run for governor. Before that, she was the first African-American ever to serve as House minority leader in the Georgia General Assembly.

Her State of the Union response has increased speculation that she is a rising political starwith a bright future in the Democratic Party.

By choosing Abrams to give the State of the Union response, Democrats were clearly reaching out to African-Americans and women, a key base for the party.

But Abrams’ speech also spoke to an often-overlooked constituency the Democratic Party may not have even thought about when they picked her. It’s a constituency Abrams has already cultivated: rural Southerners of color.

Abrams campaigned in both urban and rural counties last year, defying the logic of a Democratic Party that tends to court big city voters while leaving rural Americans to be won over by Republicans like Donald Trump.