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Study Shows what Type of Picture to use on Dating Websites for Best Results

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In today’s society, online dating websites and apps have become extremely common. When you’re creating a dating profile, the hardest decisions is how want you to represent yourself. One of the biggest parts of this is choosing the perfect photo.

Although it may sound vain, appearance is an important part of online dating. The way you present your photos can have a huge effective on the number of people you’re matching with as well as your number of profile views.

The relationship app Hinge recently released the results of a study they conducted in order to pinpoint what “type” of profile picture is typically the most successful in the world of online dating. Hinge spokeswoman, Jean Marie McGrath says, “Since Hinge profiles are designed to show off our members’ personalities, we want to help them put their best foot forward with their photos. Now we can tell them which photos they should share and which they should probably keep to themselves.”

The results showed that factors such as using Snapchat filters, including other people in your photo, or even wearing sunglasses were all shown to be things you want to stay away from when choosing your photo. In addition, awkward angles, intense scenery, and hazy filters were all shown to have a negative impact on your number of potential matches.

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The study found that the best ways to represent yourself through a photo are showing a smile, enjoying a night out, and participating in a sport.

For women, having a photo with your hair out of your face makes you 27% more likely to get a likely. Smiling makes you 76% more likely, and standing alone makes you 69% more likely. Interestingly, the study also found that photos of women looking away were 74% more likely to get a like.

For men, your best bet is to look straight into the camera. This makes you 102% more likely to receive a like! Pictures of men smiling without teeth were more likely to receive likes as well. For both sexes, candid photos and black and white photos both proved to be more effective.

You’ll want to stay away from using a photo of yourself at the beach. This goes for both men and women. Also, stay far away from bathroom selfies! They make your photo 90% less likely to receive any likes.

So if you’re having trouble deciding which photo to choose, follow the guidelines above and you should be good to go! Have fun!


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Brooklyn’s Fourth Annual Curlfest Celebrates Natural Beauty

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This past Saturday at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, #BlackGirlMagic was abound!

Thousands of black women attended the fourth annual Curlfest, which is the country’s largest natural beauty festival.

And these women have some serious style. Check out some of our favorite looks below – from waist-length braids to crowns to ornamental butterflies.

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The annual festival is sponsored by the five women of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Group Collective is a marketing group specializing in multicultural beauty. Their goal is to celebrate women all around the world by appreciating their natural looks.

Tracey Coleman, the director of events at Curlfest, stated in a press conference, “Curlfest was founded on the idea of you all needing to be celebrated. If you look around, and you see images of beauty, they don’t necessarily look like us.”

When Coleman was asked about the natural hair movement, she said, “The great thing about the movement now is that barrier is being broken down; there’s no good hair and there’s no bad hair. Healthy hair is what’s good, so that’s what we’re here to promote.”


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People Are Now Changing Their Skin Color

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A new phenomenon seems to be hitting the social media airways. Transracial is the new topic that is sending shock waves through social media these days. What is this new term and is it really catching on? It seems the answer would be yes!

The concept of transracialism seems to be becoming more popular among Caucasians and lighter skinned individuals. Skin darkening is not a foreign concept to us – though this takes tanning to whole new level! Cosmetically changing your race seems to be catching on, even if it is on a small scale.

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German model Martina Big has become the latest to join this phenomenon. She has invested thousands of dollars to this new fad. She posted on Facebook showing off her new transformation and stating:

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I have great news. I had done the next step in my transformation to a black woman. Yesterday I was with an African hairdresser and got a hair extension with curly, African hair. To become more and more a black woman, that is such a wonderful feeling. I’m so happy. Next, I’ll have consultations for the butt enlargement and for the African facial features.

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Recently, she announced that her husband is now getting melanin injections in order to change his skin color as well.

Could this be the next big thing? What are the health risks? It has many in an uproar! Could this be as acceptable as being transgender? There are many opinions regarding race across social media outlets. It will be interesting to see how this develops. Will it fade out or is it here to stay? I am sure we will find out!

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Replacing Pads and Tampons with Menstrual Panties

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Menstrual panties are now a thing: underwear that can be used in place of pads, tampons, and menstrual cups.

So far, they’ve received great reviews. Thinx, the most popular menstrual panties brand, has a goal to “empower girls and provide safe spaces for women to talk about their health.

Thinx carries multiple styles of panties, a few types of activewear, as well as some tampons and merchandise. Their panties range between $24 and $39.

They essentially work by absorbing blood. They wick the blood away from your body, so it doesn’t feel like you’re sitting in blood (as many people wonder).

On the Thinx website, it says, “Thinx is made up of four bits of tech that makes ‘em anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent, and leak-resistant.”

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Essentially, this means: “The top layer fights bacteria and absorbs any liquid into the über thin layer right beneath it, so you always stay dry (and fly, obvi).”

They add: “And no, they don’t feel like diapers, and it’s not like sitting in your own blood. Boom.”

Each different style of underwear can hold different amounts of blood (from half a tampon to two tampons’ worth). The majority of the styles come in either a black or a nude version. Some styles come in different colors as well.

They are machine-washable – you just have to rinse them in cold water, run them through the washing machine, and allow them to air-dry. They do take a while to dry due to the consistency of the material.

Have you ever tried period-proof underwear? Do you think you ever would?

 


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