Dakar fashion week takes stand against skin bleaching

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By Elise Knutsen DAKAR (Reuters) – Backstage at Dakar Fashion Week a group of young women squeeze into impossibly high heels while others sit still as make-up artists paint their eyelids a shining emerald color. All legs and cheekbones, the models are subject to the same pressures as their counterparts walking runways in London, Paris, and New York. And perhaps more. Like many women from the streets of Senegal, some fashion models in West Africa have bleached their skin, seeking to achieve a “café au lait” color regarded by some as the aesthetic ideal. …

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